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Up Close & Personal Welcomes Guitarist "Joe Caro"

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Joe Caro is a guitarist, composer and singer born and raised in New York City.  He got his first guitar at the age of eight after seeing the Beatles on TV.

Early influences include the British Invasion and Jimi Hendrix and The Cream. A stint discovering the blues came next, listening to all the greats from Robert Johnson to Howlin’ Wolf and Elmore James. Soon after playing in local “garage” bands, he became interested in jazz focusing on Mile Davis, John Coltrane and all the great jazz guitarists.

With those varied influences, at age 18, he moved to Manhattan and started working in the New York recording studios and touring with Jazz and Rock/Pop artists in the US, Japan and Europe. He has recorded with many diverse artists such as Bette Midler, Blue Öyster Cult, Carly Simon, Dr. John, Michael Franks, Bobby McFerrin, Gato Barbieri, Michael McDonald, Fania Allstars, Chaka Khan, Irene Cara, Candido, Randy Brecker, Elements and many more.

He has also toured extensively with notables such as Dr. John, Herbie Mann, Carly Simon /James Taylor, Gato Barbieri, Michael Franks, Akiko Yano, played live and or TV for Jon Bon Jovi, Clint Black, Ashford and Simpson, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Roberta Flack,The Eagles, Brookes and Dunn, Sheryl Crow, Olivia Newton-John, James Taylor, Lenny Kravitz, Aretha Franklin, Willie Dixon, KD Lang, Stanley Clarke, Johnny Mathis and Luther Vandross.

Additionally, Joe has appeared with various artists and in the house bands on TV shows such as “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Saturday Night Live” and “The Grammy Awards” and participated in countless recording sessions for TV commercials and movies.