Joe Caruso (known as The Sinatra of South Texas) hails from Chicago, where he began his professional singing career performing jingles for TV and radio commercials. Following a successful career as a morning radio personality, during which time he recorded several songs that became local hits, Joe began to study jazz vocal/performance at the
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee. Joe has also studied voice/recorded with singer, songwriter, musician and composer Gino Vannelli, and with singer, songwriter, musician and composer Karrin Allyson.
Joe relies on a vocal technique called the Bel Canto (Italian, “beautiful singing” ) method. The singer says that as a student of this discipline, he was taught to get to the center of the note, and that this is the essence of Bel Canto singing.
Joe is renowned for his great phrasing, clarity of diction and sheer thrill of sound. When Joe sang “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” for Tony Bennett, Tony’s response was, “Your voice sounds beautiful! Keep singing, you sound wonderful.”
Currently, Joe is in-demand and regularly performs at nightclubs, private events, weddings and corporate functions all over South Texas. Corporate clients include American Express Global, the PGA Tour, Wells Fargo, Porsche, Jaguar, Exxon, Chick-fil-A, among others. Performance venues include The Alamo, Hotel Emma, Tower of the Americas, Grand Hyatt San Antonio, The Witte Museum, The Driskill Hotel, The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown, among others. On the concert stage, Joe has opened for jazz legend, and 2009 Kennedy Center Honoree, Dave Brubeck. Joe is a descendant of opera legend Enrico Caruso, and attended St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota. Joe lives in San Antonio, and has been performing in South Texas (in one form or another) for almost 20 years. He has one lovely daughter — his favorite duet partner.