Hailing from Boston, MA, Jovan Quallo moved to the Greater Nashville area in 2003 as a teenager and in 2013 he graduated from MTSU with a degree in music education. Since finishing college, he has quickly become an accomplished, 2x Grammy Award winning, in-demand saxophonist in Nashville’s diverse music scene.
Jovan has already had an exciting performing career that has taken him across the US, Central America, Asia, and Europe. He has had the privilege of performing and/or touring with nationally acclaimed artists such as Martina McBride, Jake Owen, Meghan Trainor, Cece Winans, Chris Tomlin, MercyMe, Brett Eldredge, Johnny Mathis, Aloe Blacc, Reba McIntyre, Dan + Shay, Trisha Yearwood, Jeff Coffin, Larry Carlton, Boyz II Men, Charlie Wilson, Ronnie Milsap, Allen Stone, Darius Rucker, Irma Thomas, Eric Krasno, The Shadowboxers, and many others! Jovan is also a member of the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, the Music City Big Band, and the Tennessee Jazz Collective.
Jovan has played on countless recordings in the Jazz, Latin/Salsa, Funk/R&B, Pop/Rock, Country and Blues styles, including Grammy Award winning records. A few notable artists he has recorded for are Dionne Warwick (“Voices of Christmas” w/Johnny Mathis), Jake Owen (“American Love”, “Greatest Hits”), Keb’ Mo’ (“Blues Americana” – 3 Grammy nominations, “TajMo” – won Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues album, “Oklahoma” – won Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues album), and Mike Farris (“Silver & Stone”).
Also a strong advocate of music education, Jovan currently maintains his own private woodwind studio of 40+ middle and high school students in Nashville and the surrounding areas. Students from his lesson studio have gone on to participate in mid-state/all-state, have been selected for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, Mid-State & All State Honor Bands, and have gone on to receive music scholarships from various universities.