Cracked Ice is a band that covers a lot of ground.  Crispin started the group as a showcase for his own deep-dish retro-soul songs and “dusty groove” r&b covers, playing at clubs and opening concerts in NYC and the Northeast;  but over the past decade, Crispin and Cracked Ice have also branched out to  perform as the onstage band for nationally prominent TV shows (PBS’ “The Mark Twain Prize for Humor”, most recently honoring Jay Leno at The Kennedy Center), backing  world-class stars in live performance (Al Kooper/Sam Moore), and even playing a few memorable parties and weddings (e.g., Marc Cohn & Elizabeth Vargas/Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal).

The initial Cracked Ice lineup included Charlie Giordano and Soozie Tyrell (who both went on to join Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band), and a bevy of greats have hopped on (and off) the “Ice Wagon” over the past decade, including Brent Carter (ex-Tower of Power/currently lead vocalist with Average White Band), guitar-meisters Ira Siegel, John Putnam and Jon Herington (of Steely Dan renown), Bobby Harden (currently co-lead vocals in the original Blues Brothers), trumpeter Larry Etkin (Billy Joel Band/Uptown Horns), bassist Ivan “Funkboy” Bodley (Sam Moore, “Rock of Ages” on Broadway), and drummers Steve Holley (Wings/Ian Hunter) and Denny McDermott (Rosanne Cash/Marc Cohn/Steely Dan).

Along with the band’s funk and soul underpinnings, Crispin’s songwriting for Cracked Ice has focused on the primal male/female duet in rock/r&b (think Marvin & Tammi, Bonnie & Delaney, Otis Redding & Carla Thomas . . . ), and the band’s current lineup features the sizzling vocal duo of Susan Didrichsen (Wilson Pickett Band/David Byrne) and Angel Rissoff (The Rascals, Little Isadore).  On the band’s 2009 debut album “Soul Noir”, Cracked Ice revels in the original soul duets “Start It Up”, “Let’s Talk It Over”, and “That’s My Story”, and two of these songs became bona fide hits on the local-but-mighty Carolina “beach music” scene centered in Myrtle Beach/Charleston/Wilmington:  “That’s My Story” and “Sweet Feeling” (with Susan singing lead), as well as in England’s Northern Soul scene, and with “shag dancing” fans world-wide.  As a result, “Sweet Feeling” was included on Putumayo Records’ “Rhythm & Blues” compilation album, and several other cuts have been licensed for television and film scores.

And Cracked Ice always delivers the rockin’ soul . . . live!

 

 

 

My Latest Gigs

Crispin & The Uptown Horns w/ The Real Sidemen

Crispin & The Uptown Horns w/ The Real Sidemen

Fri.,July 8, 7:30 pm outdoor concert in Glen Cove, Read More »
Crispin w/ Bad News Barnes & The Brethren of Blues

Crispin w/ Bad News Barnes & The Brethren of Blues

Sat., July 9, 9pm at Black-Eyed Sally's, Hartford, Read More »
Join Crispin w/ Darlene Love in NYC

Join Crispin w/ Darlene Love in NYC

Sat., July 23 7:30pm, at Lincoln Center/Damrosch P Read More »
Crispin w/ Cracked Ice in Westport, CT

Crispin w/ Cracked Ice in Westport, CT

Sunday, July 24, 7:00, a free outdoor concert at T Read More »
A REMEMBRANCE OF GIGS PAST . . .

A REMEMBRANCE OF GIGS PAST . . .

Join Crispin w/ Cracked Ice in NYC Sat., Feb. Read More »
Join Crispin at Stand For The Troops | CrispinMusic.com

Join Crispin at Stand For The Troops | CrispinMusic.com

Wed. Nov. 11th, 2015 - A Star-Studded Veteran's Da Read More »
Join Crispin at Fairfield Theatre Co. | CrispinMusic.com

Join Crispin at Fairfield Theatre Co. | CrispinMusic.com

Friday, Nov.13, 7:30pm - That 70's Show, to benefi Read More »
Join Crispin at The Copper Fox Saloon

Join Crispin at The Copper Fox Saloon

Sat., Nov. 14, 10pm - Terrapin Crispin performs o Read More »
Crispin w/ Darlene Love & Steven Van Zandt

Crispin w/ Darlene Love & Steven Van Zandt

Fri.,9/18 & Sun.,9/20 at Whiskey A Go Go, LA, Read More »
Crispin w/ Paul Wexler & Wexwax

Crispin w/ Paul Wexler & Wexwax

Thurs., Jan. 15, 7pm, at The Sidewalk Cafe, NY Read More »
Crispin with Darlene Love

Crispin with Darlene Love

Sat., Jan.24, at West Point, NY Read More »
Crispin & "The Mark Twain Prize honoring Jay Leno"

Crispin & "The Mark Twain Prize honoring Jay Leno"

Debuts on PBS stations nationally Sun.,Nov. 23 Read More »

My Latest Blog Posts

  • Join Crispin at Stand For The Troops | CrispinMusic.com Crispin Cioe NYC Poster 2 Stand For The Troops

    Wed. Nov. 11th, 2015 – A Star-Studded Veteran’s Day Concert Next Wednesday, November 11th, join us for this excellent concert Veteran’s Day event “Stand For the Troops” at Ethical Culture Concert Hall, 2 W. 64th St., NYC, 7pm, featuring guest performers […]

  • Crispin & Kiku at the Kennedy Center Crispin and Kiku At Kennedy Center Mark Twain Awards

    On Oct. 18, 2015, we taped the “18th Annual Mark Twain Prize for Humor, honoring Eddie Murphy” (which debuts Nov. 23 on PBS stations nationally).  My band that night included trumpeter Kiku Collins, mugging with me here at dress rehearsal […]

  • Shaking it with Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard Brittany Howard Alabama Shakes

    Had some big fun last Sunday at the Kennedy Center in DC, music directing the 18th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Honoring Eddie Murphy, which debuts nationally on PBS stations Nov. 23, 2015. Pictured here: Brittany Howard (from […]

  • Esperanza Spalding Amazing at the White House A Celebration of American Creativity

    On Oct. 14 we taped a show in the East Room of the White House for PBS called “A Celebration of American Creativity”, which will debut on Jan. 8, 2016. One of the absolutely astounding artists we backed up that night […]

  • Support the Adam Roth Cancer Treatment Fund Adam Roth

    Adam is a longtime friend and a uniquely gifted musician who, with his brother Charlie, helped me at key moments throughout the entire span of my artistic endeavors here in Gotham. He embodies the spirit of rock and roll past […]

  • If VP Joe Biden Had My Hair . . . Joe Biden Full Length

    True Story   True story: 2013, in the East Room of the White House, just after Leon Pendarvis snapped this, Joe leaned in and whispered to me: “If I had your hair, I’d be President today. . . ” You […]

  • Cracked Ice “Soul Noir” Cracked Ice Album Cover

    Cracked Ice’s latest release, Soul Noir, is retro-nuevo soul/r&b, like soul classics, only brand new ones you’ve never heard before! Available for listening and purchase at cdbaby.com and for download at iTunes.

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