jojoSOUL is a Musician, DJ, and Teaching Artist based in Brooklyn, originally from Long Island, NY. jojo teaches and performs regularly in NYS Youth Corrections Residential Facilities, as well as Schools, After-School Programs, Private Students, and Workshops. jojo is Co-Creator of Performing Arts & Entertainment Duo “New York Wild Life“, and plays Drum Set and Percussion for Various Musical and Performing Acts, including Thorgy Thor of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Scarlet Envy of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, Daphne Always, Becky O’Brien of Britain’s Got Talent, songwriter/recording artist Couvo, Monthly Resident Performer at Club Cumming, and his weekly “Drum & Flow” Yoga/Dance Classes with Live Vinyl and Percussion Sounds. jojo has been DJing throughout Long Island and NYC since 2002, and has recently traveled to perform at the Opening of Rooftop Lounge BEKEB MIXOLOGIA in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
jojoSOUL- Vinyl Sound Manipulation
Brooklyn Museum- Brooklyn Performance Combine- Norte Maar
National Academy Museum- Cage On Vinyl On Marley- Norte Maar
The Muse- Brooklyn Performance Combine- Norte Maar
Gramercy Theatre- Thorgy Thor & the Thorchestra
Joe's Pub/The Public Theatre- Daphne Always
Laurie Beechman Theatre- Becky O'Brien "Merry Little Christmas"
Pangea- Zachary Clause "Bette at the Baths"
Ludlow SoHo House- Scarlet Envy
jojoSOUL- Teaching Artist
Prospect Park-TD Bank/Nickelodeon
Williamsburg Movement And
Maria Hernandez Park
Deer Isle-Stonington School- Maine
New York City Childrens' Center- Queens
New York City Childrens' Center- Bronx
NYS Office of Child & Family Services
NYS Office of Mental Health
Long Island Drum Center
Vintage Train Holiday Ride NYC
Konnolly's Klub 45
Maria Hernandez Park
Pine Box Rock Shop
Father Knows Best
Rockwood Music Hall
The Way Station
Ludlow SoHo House
Bekeb Mixologia- San Miguel de Allende, MX
Casa Bonita- Guadalajara, MX
Guadalupe Inn- Brooklyn, NY
Club Cumming- Manhattan, NY
Small Black Door- Ridgewood, NY
Maria Hernandez Park- Brooklyn, NY
The Vasquez Building- Brooklyn, NY
The Gutter- Brooklyn, NY
JACK Performing Arts- Brooklyn, NY
The Fifth Estate- Brooklyn, NY
Lone Wolf- Brooklyn, NY
Factory Fresh- Brooklyn, NY
English Kills- Brooklyn, NY
Active Space- Brooklyn, NY
Irondale Theater- Brooklyn, NY
Halcyon Records- Brooklyn, NY
950 Hart Gallery- Brooklyn, NY
Tammany Hall- Manhattan, NY
Mitchell Innes & Nash- Manhattan, NY
DUMBO Sky- Brooklyn, NY
739 Franklin Lounge- Brooklyn, NY
BRIC- Brooklyn, NY
Bushwick Starr- Brooklyn, NY
Silvershed- Manhattan, NY
Queens Comfort- Astoria, NY
Tutu's- Brooklyn, NY
Jay House- Au Sable River Valley, Upstate NY
Gemini & Scorpio Loft- Brooklyn, NY
Flushing Meadows Corona Park- Queens, NY
Daphne Always (Club Cumming, Joe's Pub, The Box): Jojo Soul and Mix Conception gave an amazing show this past Sunday!! So glad I caught it on #30daystorock! If you need a drummer or percussionist for any show or project, definitely consider Jojo! He's wildly talented at such a wide range of musical styles. Every time I've worked with him, he's brought so much life, passion, and flair to the production!!!
Audelfy H.- Brooklyn, NY: Working with JoJo has been quite an amazing journey. I found him on Yelp a few months ago; I was interested in sharpening my DJing skills, and learn a bit about music production using different software programs. From day one, JoJo was very professional, very passionate, and took his musical knowledge very seriously. He broke down what I thought I wanted to learn into some foundational knowledge of music, counting beats, drumming, and then translating that into the analog world of turntabling.
This foundational knowledge made the transition back into the digital world of Serato and my electronic controller a very easy one, and I am forever grateful for having an instructor who doesn't just teach me what I think I want to learn, but what I need to learn in order to truly appreciate the wonderful gift that is creating and understanding music.
Beyond that, JoJo's an amazing person: welcoming, a great listener, down to earth, curious about my goals and objectives, and willing to learn new approaches based on feedback. He has tons of tools and equipment to cover a lot of ground, no matter which direction you want to go.
I strongly recommend JoJo as an instructor and as a professional. With JoJo's help, DJing truly feels like playing time and I am very grateful that I decided to work with him.
Maria D.- Queens, NY: We were in a bind when the DJ we hired for a surprise party canceled on us 2 days before the party! We contacted Jojo and we are happy we did. He gave us a great price and managed to play the perfect music for our taste without having had a chance to discuss a playlist. He was fantastic! Extremely professional but a lot of fun also. He was great with the kids that were at the party as well! We will definitely keep him in mind for all our future events! Thanks Jojo for making the surprise party great!!!
Reggie F.- Brooklyn, NY: Joe of JOJOSOUL has been a great professional. He has always been punctual and he has excellent communication skills.These qualities alone have separated him from other entertainers and business people.
Joe coordinates a Music program for a NYS Agency of Juveniles, with ages 10-17. Many of these youth have mental health issues and many youth have never had a hands on, group , or private musical session with someone with the multiple musical talents of Mr. Joseph Rannazzisi: He is mobile and the best thing is he brings his own equipment’ all he needs from you is you(lol).
The youth get a hands on experiences with drums, djembe, bongos, tambourines, bells, shakers, noise makers, record disc, vinyl, sound machine, mixers, head phones, microphones, turntables, and chances to use, experience, and be a part of a performance.
YOU KNOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED! BUT, JOJOSOUL offers the old school, the original methods of following and matching beats, using scratch, mixer or computer to make the creations sound live and make the youth excited and happy about attending the sessions and looking forward to the next possible chance to engage and have fun.
THIS PROGRAM WORKS! We had a very mixed population of youth together during these sessions and the youth all were so engaged they put aside there differences or life’s challenges for a while and had a great time. THANK YOU JOE FOR CREATING THIS WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE OF MUSICAL, INSTRUCTION AND ENGAGEMENT.
Laura M- Brooklyn, NY: New York Wild Life is a MUST if you want to make a splash at your next event! I’ve been in the industry for years and demand the highest professionalism from all of my vendors and partners. Not only are they talented, they continue to help build your brand via social media sharing and engagement. Great people to work with over all.
Matt M- Ridgewood, NY: Jojo has been my DJ through the years for various events, galleries, as well as my wedding. I recommend him highly and often, and he never disappoints. Always great reviews from my guests. He’s been at it a long time, he knows what he’s doing, he loves what he does, and it shows.
Marc S- Brooklyn, NY: Joe is a total pro. I’ve worked with him in DJ settings for parties, weddings and corporate events and he approaches every job with terrific spirit, kindness and joy. I’ve also seen him in a variety of settings on percussion and I would recommend him to anyone seeking lessons and training on the drums and percussion. I’m familiar with Joe’s work in the community too, his dedication to youngsters who thrive off his mentorship in schools and community centers where his unique combination of DJ, percussionist and altogether artistic and improvisational spirit sets them on the right path. He’s an empowering person to work with always.
Lara M- Ridgewood, NY: I have worked with JoJo on numerous projects. Joe has played music for my dance performances, DJ’d many events that I have hosted, personally as well as professionally, (for my event planning business.) JoJo is extremely professional and easy to work with, he takes his work very seriously and knows how to have fun along the way. In front of a group of people, he has an amazing ability to read the room and play the right music for his audience. I would say that I would recommend JoJo, but I literally do recommend him over and over again, and will continue to do so, because I know when you hire him, or when you are working with him you are going to get quality.
Debbie K- Brooklyn, NY: Just wanted to say again how fantastic that lesson was! I wasn’t kidding when I said I’ve never seen him that absorbed. Since our first mommy & me class when he was just learning to walk, if I was in the room he’s been unable/unwilling to focus. That lesson was like magic. I shot a bunch of short videos & uploaded one to share with the grandparents. Feel free to use it to gain prospective students!
“Harry had his first drum lesson today. I’ve never seen him so happy. Fish, meet water.”
Lauren L- Ridgewood, NY: I had had the idea to do something neat for the neighborhood kids in Ridgewood for our summer block party and hired Jojo to do a drum ‘thing’. I really had no idea what to expect or what the turn out would be, given that it wasn’t exactly an RSVP kind of event. Jojo showed up, on time, instruments in hand, and riveted the neighborhood children for hours. He was dynamic and engaging, yet soothing and captivating at the same time. Kids stayed and played and listened and learned because they wanted to, not because they had to. He was an inspiration to them all and will be remembered by many of them for some time to come. I would definitely recommend his services as both a teacher and an entertainer. It was perfect.
Ashley Zelinskie (Director of The Active Space): “Extremely Professional! I was super impressed with the music selection as well as the setup. He was considerate of both the space and the crowd. Art exhibitions can be tricky but he was totally accommodating and very easy to work with. I will be using him for all my future events!”
Adam Deville of SKEWVILLE: Yo Yo .Brooklyn Flavor was indeed in the house at factory fresh thanks to DJ JoJo. His fresh Beats kept those Venezuelan chics bumping and grinding through out the night!
Lydia Ainsworth (composer/performer): Working with Jojo at the Small Black Door was a wonderful experience. He came fully equipped and prepared for my set up and took the time to make sure everything went smoothly without a hitch. I’ve played at many venues including Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge, I felt very confident with the audiosystem Jojo provided for my show. The sound quality of the performance was truly fantastic. I definitely hope to work with him in the near future!
950 Hart Gallery: …The dance party was a great throwback to 90’s music climaxing with jojoSoul mixing and cutting “Groove is in the Heart” with “What Is Love”. He kept everyone so pumped that when we began cleaning up the next day, we realized that everyone’s jumping and dancing had shaken dirt out of the ceiling.
Highly recommended that you check out the Bushwick Gallery artists online, and jojoSoul if you ever get the chance to dance near his speakers in person.
BushwickDaily.com: …Oh, and the dance party was amazing. About 150 people showed up and a bunch of them joined us for absolutely rad dance party in the 1990s style after 10pm. Apropos, the dance party was insanely good. DJ Jojo Soul was spinning and spinning hard. You are probably imagining amazing, so we now need you to close your eyes and multiply this feeling by 1000. Yes, now you’re close to how amazing he was. You will definitely hear more of this guy on Bushwick Daily soon.