Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and of Puerto Rican decent, Award Winning Percussionist Joe Collado has been playing Latin percussion since his teen years. Known mostly for his tasteful and rhythmical playing, Joe credits his percussion schooling from the countless rumba jams in the streets of New York City and witnessing all the greats bands during the Fania All-star era. Relocating to Miami, FL after graduating from John Jay HS in Brooklyn to play Intercollegiate basketball at Miami Dade CC, Joe then returned to NYC to play and study at Queens College. He majored in music his first two years in college and polished his percussive skills under master teachers such as Johnny (JC) Conga and Hector (Pocho) Nesciosup while in Miami. Creating his own playing style he eventually took his skills to another level after graduating with a BA in Health/PE with a minor in music at FIU. Joe has shared his skills on stage with the greatest of percussion such as Santana's Jose "Chepito" Areas and Master percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo, just to name a few. His band repertoire includes Salsa stars such as Eddie Palmieri's Herman Olivera, Henry Fiol and with the world famed Salsa underground Legend, Angel Canales Orchestra as well as other stars. Joe has also been awarded Best Percussionist in Miami (2009), by the Miami New Times.
Presently, Joe is playing steady with local South Florida bands such as the Galo Rivera/Santana Tribute band and well as his own group, Latin Groove Project. Joe has also honed his total musical skills with his successful debut CD called "Solo Joe" and his latest "Latino Groove Project". Yet with his successful musical career and for many years, he still manages somehow to serve as a full time Miami-Dade County Public School High School teacher.