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Joe Filisko

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Joe Filisko
Joe Filisko playing a harmonica live in 2013
Joe Filisko performing in 2013
Background information
BornGiessen, Germany
GenresPre-war blues
Occupation(s)Musician, harmonica customizer, music teacher
Years active1990–present
WebsiteOfficial website

Joe Filisko is an American blues harmonica player and maker of customized harmonicas based in Chicago, Illinois. In 2001 he was named "Harmonica Player of the Year" by the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica.[1][2] In addition to performing, and building customized harmonicas, he also teaches at the Old Town School of Folk Music.[3][4] The Hohner harmonica company describes him as the world's foremost authority on the diatonic harmonica.[5] He designed the distinctive conical cover plates of the Hohner Marine Band Thunderbird harmonicas.[6]


  1. ^ "Enjoy Music - Play Hohner - Hohner Inc". Hohner.eu. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  2. ^ Timberlake Membership Software, 703-591-4232, www.timberlakepublishing.com. "SPAH - Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica". 090211d.membershipsoftware.org. Retrieved 2016-01-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Filisko Harmonica". Filisko.com. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  4. ^ "The Biggest Marine Band Fan in the World: A Portrait of Joe Filisko" by Andy Garrigue. Easy Reeding, August 1, 2009 Issue. (accessed February 6, 2013 via EBSCO Host)
  5. ^ "Enjoy Music - Play Hohner - Video-series "HOHNER Masters of the Harmonica"". Us.playhohner.com. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  6. ^ "Enjoy Music - Play Hohner - Marine Band Thunderbird". Us.playhohner.com. Retrieved 2016-01-06.