Joe Canzano is a singer/songwriter and guitar player from New Jersey. He started playing the piano when he was eight years old. Five years later he realized all his favorite music was loaded with loud guitars. Luckily, his grandfather gave him an acoustic guitar purchased at Bradlees for twenty bucks. Bradlees went out of business but Joe kept going. He bought an electric guitar from JC Penneys. The instrument was made from polished plywood. The amp looked like a second-rate shoebox and sounded about as good.
Joe eventually got a Fender acoustic guitar and a battered Gibson Les Paul Junior. He started playing at open mic nights and open jam sessions. He played at The Corner Tavern in New Brunswick. He played about 200 times at The Cove Lounge in Roselle Park, NJ. He also went into New York regularly on Monday nights to play at places like CBGB's Gallery and the Sun Mountain Cafe.
Eventually, Joe started the Extreme Songwriters' Open Mic at the legendary Broadway Central Cafe in South Amboy, NJ. He hosted the event for six years, until owner Wayne Turback sold the place.
Joe's music has appeared on three compilation CDs:
- Fast Folk Musical Magazine, Songs From The Garden State • Ride Thru Wyoming
- THE MAPPS A&R Trip, in your ear • Am I In Love (With Someone Like You?)
- NJ Coalition for Peace & Justice, Voices Of The Revolution • Song For The Next War
Joe Canzano has recorded five CDs of his own:
- Riot On Spaghetti Drive
- Armed And Amplified
- Guitars, Stars, And Candy Bars
- Kiss The Planet Blue
- Big Mouth NEW!
Armed and Amplified and Guitars, Stars And Candy Bars were each added to over 300 college radio stations nationwide.
Joe's latest musical adventure is an acoustic CD called HAPPY JOE. When Joe plays solo, he is Happy Joe. If he plays with a band, they are Happy Joe. Come check it out.
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Joe Canzano is also a writer. He's the author of many published short stories as well as several novels. His writing has a rock and roll sense of style, and it's influenced by Frank Zappa and the Ramones as much as it is by Kurt Vonnegut and Christopher Moore. Check the WRITING link for all the details.
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