Joe Martins, saxophonist for Triple Threat Band, has passed away, according to his friends, fans and loved ones.

The self-taught sax player was born on January 26, 1956, and at one time or another also played with Soul Ambition, The New York Minute, Merge, Big Cat Blues and James Montgomery Band.

Friends and family of Joe flocked to his Facebook Profile on Friday night to express their sympathy, pictures and videos.

Joe’s Sports Bar & Grills shared: ” Joe’s is sad to hear the passing of a great musician and a friend. We will miss watching you tear it up with Triple Threat. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe’s friends and family at this difficult time. R.I.P. Joe Martins!”

Triple Threat is scheduled to play at The Pier Restaurant on Saturday, August 22.

Joe called Newport home and was well known for always supporting community events and fundraisers throughout the state. He was also the Owner of Point Judith Lures.

Ryan Belmore, Owner & Editor of What’sUpNewp, had the privilege to know Joe and have him on his radio show, “1540 LIVE”, on 1540 AM WADK Newport several times.

“Joe had a passion for music, friends and his community. I remember when the Newport Yachting Center was sold, Joe was among the first to reach out to me and say “what can we do?” He believed in music and believed that Newport was better with it. Thinking back, we’re a better community because we had Joe Martins, both as a musician and person, a part of it. Newport has lost a great musician and amazing neighbor and friend”, Belmore said.

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The What’sUpNewp joins those in remembering Joe tonight and keeping his family, friends and loved ones in our thoughts and prayers.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp, LLC. Belmore has led What's Up Newp since December 2012. Belmore also serves as the Sr. Editor - North America for Mountain News - publisher of OnTheSnow. In his spare time, Belmore serves as the Vice President for the Board of Directors at Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors at Lucy's Hearth. Belmore is also a member and supporter of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers. Send questions, tips, and story ideas to

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