Joe Salzano is Music and Program Director of WORTHY and arranger of its musical score.
In January 2000, he received Jesus Christ in an upstate N.Y. rehab and was set free from lifelong addiction to alcohol and drugs. His life has been driven by a desire to love and exalt Christ through worship, service and sharing the love of God with others.
Salzano has been a professional musician and composer for nearly 50 years. He has studied with Donald Hunsberger (conducting), Joe Romano, Sonny Stitt (Jazz sax), Chuck Mangione, Bill Reichenbach (composition). He has performed with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Temptations, Sammy Davis Jr. and most recently performed and recorded with bassist John Patitucci. As bandleader, he has led widely acclaimed Swing big bands and Jazz combos since 1978 and has recorded four albums under his own name. As composer/arranger, Salzano has written for orchestra, big band, choir and chamber ensembles extensively.
Joe Salzano is a member of the Cornell University Music Department teaching faculty. In 2012, the Lord opened a door at Cornell for Joe to offer a weekly Christ-centered ‘Worship Workshop’ devoted to raising up, training, and releasing worshipers.
In 2013, Joe began producing the annual ‘Worthy’ concerts featuring full orchestra, choir and worship band bringing together student and area believers of all denominations to declare the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Salzano has worked with notable Christian artists such as: Steve Swanson, John Patitucci, Dr. William Edgar, Caleb Quaye, Don Potter, Martin Smith, Ruth Naomi Floyd, JoAnn McFatter, and Julie Meyer.
His passion is to see people connect with their purpose and destiny in Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.