Of Choice: Diatonic
Giovanni Caputo aka
Giovanni Caputo aka Joe Pedros
was born in Catania, Sicily - Italy, in 1980. He started to
learn piano but soon found the Harmonica had much more appeal
and enjoys playing both diatonic & chromatic instruments.
Joe's carreer really
kicked off in 2001 when he became a member of "the harp
summit" in Rome, The following year He formed a blues band
called "the Litual Blues" which was an excellent training
ground as a musician and performer. In 2003 an important
collaboration with "Blue in Blues", the most important blues
band in Sicily. He also had the privelage to play on stage
with the legendary Julius E. Green, Stax man and ex-vocalist
with the Platters. Jpe also performed with Mrs. Dilů Miller,
joining her on stage during lots of "trio" acoustic sessions.
Soon after the band from Caltanissetta "Marco Gioč & the
shotgun" invited him to play several gigs, including the Popa
Chubby's opening act in the "Etna Blues Festival" and in 2005:
Joe becomes "Elwood Blues" playing harp and singing in a Blues
Brothers tibute band called "Dick Dastardly blues band".
Joe's unique sound is
a "melting pot" of 3 styles: Jerry Portnoy, Sugar Blue and
Charlie Musselwhite, who were a big influence in the
development of his own style of playing. Joe merges old and
new harp's styles, making a real fusion of blues feeling and
virtuoso licks. He's able to play through many music styles
too: blues, jazz, reggae, folk, etc.
As a harp customizer
this instruments holds no secrets to Joe!