Joe Martins

What’sUpNewp brought you the unfortunate news of Joe Martins passing on Friday, August 21st.

Joe Martins was a saxophonist for Triple Threat and at one time or another also played with Soul Ambition, The New York Minute, Merge, Big Cat Blues and James Montgomery Band.

Calling hours will be held at the Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway in Newport, RI on Thursday, August 27th from 4 to 7 pm. A funeral mass will be held at Jesus Savior Church at 11:00 am on Friday, August 28th.

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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.

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

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.