Born in Berlin, he began his career as a professional musician in 1984, while still studying to be a sound engineer at what is now Berlin University of the Arts, with his first engagements at the GRIPS Theatre and in various Berlin bands.
Concerts and tours followed with artists such as Marianne Rosenberg, Ina Deter, Gunter Gabriel, Sharon Brauner, Rolf Kühn, Jochen Kowalski and the former Police drummer Stewart Copeland, as well as CD productions with Klaus Hoffmann, Reinhard Mey, Nena, Mary, Katharine Mehrling and Mark Scheibe, among others. In the meantime, he has a long-standing collaboration (tours, festivals and CD productions) with the Argentinian singer Lily Dahab.
Jo is also a frequent guest with the Babelsberg Film Orchestra and a long-standing lecturer at the International Youth Big Band Workshop in Neubrandenburg.
At the GRIPS Theatre he writes the music for "Jule, was ist los?" and participates as a guitarist (and sometimes as a keyboardist) in numerous plays.
Other theatre engagements have taken him to the Operettenhaus in Hamburg, the Neuköllner Oper Berlin (many premieres since 2006), the Admiralspalast in Berlin, the Renaissance Theatre, the Theater am Kurfürstendamm and the Hans Otto Theatre in Potsdam. Jo also performs in major musical productions, including at the Theater des Westens, the Theater am Potsdamer Platz and the Theater Magdeburg.