Songwriter, composer and singer, CadiJo discovered the harmonica through Neil Young (Harvest) and blues thanks to Sonny Terry.
He started out as an accompanist to the English bluesman Chris Shaw (singer-guitarist), and rapidly moved on to become a singer-harmonica player, backed by his brother Michel on the guitar – a big admirer of Gary Davis, Mance Lipscomb, Doc Watson and Ry Cooder – and Michel Foizon (Blues and trouble), a specialist of "finger picking", ragtime and jazz. A CD of acoustic blues entitled Le Troisième Homme was recorded with Michel Foizon.
On his return to France, he fronted at the Cricketers every Tuesday with his brother, to the delight of acoustic Blues fans. He also backed Lenny Lafargue, whose friendship and advice were invaluable.
Asked to perform in duos, trios or quartets as a warm-up act to renowned blues artists in clubs or at festivals, he wrote his first compositions and his first French Blues songs.
Since then, he has always been determined to develop a sincere, genuine artistic approach by writing his songs in his mother tongue, so as to tell his tales and express his emotions to the full. Because CadiJo has understood the message of blues and conforms to its living tradition: to tell stories in his own way, just like the masters of blues who inspired him and whose music he still plays.
His repertoire developed and changed to become richer: drums, bass, guitar, sometimes piano and trumpet. Two CDs were recorded: Rester Tranquille and Blues au Comptoir, both praised by the specialist press. The magazine Soulbag rated both of them as the best European Blues CD. With the popularity of sideman, Cadi Jo accompanied the famous Memphis Blues artist Keith B. Brown (the star of Wim Wenders’ film The Soul of a Man) around Europe, winning the praise of David Evans, the internationally-renowned musicologist, for the quality of his harmonica play.
His ability to adapt to a variety of formulas and his special sensitivity make CadiJo a remarkable artist on the Blues circuit in France.
Along with the guitarist Fred PG, he recently set up the Vagabond Blues Quartet, a mixture of blues and gipsy swing backed up by French lyrics. A new CD, Vagabond Blues, has resulted from this project and is a pleasant surprise offering freshness, sincerity and originality.