Blog by Saxophonist and TV Band Leader Crispin Cioe

Crispin Cioe is a musician who writes.

For several years after moving to NYC in the late ’70s, Crispin Cioe wrote articles, profiles, reviews, and liner notes for a variety of publications including High Fidelity, Soho Weekly News, Penthouse, Playboy, Circus, High Times, Prestige Records, Rogner & Bernhard GMBH Publishing Co., Musician MagazineDetroit Free Press, and more.  This experience has carried over into Crispin’s songwriting and arranging outlook, along with a lifelong passion for musical history and curation.

As a music journalist, Crispin has interviewed and written in-depth portraits of stars like Bob Marley/Peter Tosh/Bob Seger,  a profile of Miami-based TK Records in its heyday, liner notes for albums like Eddie ‘Lockjaw” Davis / Johnny Griffin Live at Minton’s Playhouse,
and an on tour profile of the Parliament-Funkadelic during the band’s Mothership Connection breakthrough.  Crispin also wrote a pioneering music biz column called Trade Secrets for Soho Weekly News, when that publication was the go-to organ chronicling the CBGB scene in downtown NYC.

This will be the place to come for Crispin’s latest gigs, happenings, and insights.

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 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 Lea Delaria, Bettye Lavette, Paul Shaffer, Manhattan Transfer, Judy Collins, Little Anthony, Michael Bacon, Jonatha Brooke, Vincent Pastore, David and Sophie Buskin, and Jennifer Pacanowski — with a band that includes Will Lee, Robbie Kondor, John McCurry, Clint deGanon, Yaron Gershovsky, Crispin Cioe and Kiku Collins.

How Stand For The Troops Helps

Stand For The Troops supports recognized programs and initiatives that deal with concrete issues facing our serving soldiers and veterans, such as: The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text; growing the number of qualified, professional one-on-one volunteer counselors nation-wide; expanding job resource centers for veterans; and SFTT Rescue Coalition projects across America.

Tickets Available

There are still a limited number tickets available for this concert, please come out and show you care. This is a great show for a great cause, in support of our heroic and deserving veterans, serving soldiers and their families.

Tickets are available online at www.ticketfly.com and by calling 877.987.6487.

Crispin Cioe plays NYC Stands For The Troops poster

Crispin & Kiku at the Kennedy Center

Crispin & Kiku at the Kennedy Center

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 that afternoon.

 

Shaking it with Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard

Shaking it with Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard

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 Alabama Shakes), moi, and living legend of soul Sam Moore; Sam and Brittany totally ripped it up on their duet as the featured musical guests. The band included: Shawn Pelton, Hagar Ben-Ari, Charlie Giordano, Ado Coker, Kiku Collins, Elizabeth Frascoia, Binky Griptite, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, & Taku Hirano. Also: many, many funny tributes to Eddie from Arsenio Hall, Dave Chappelle, Trevor Noah, Kathy Griffin, Kevin Nealon, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Joe Piscopo, & Jay Pharoah.

Esperanza Spalding Amazing at the White House

Esperanza Spalding Amazing at the White House

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 was Esperanza Spalding, performing here on the Jimmy Kimmel Show a few nights ago . . . just amazing!

Support the Adam Roth Cancer Treatment Fund

Support the Adam Roth Cancer Treatment Fund

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 and present like no one else I’ve ever known, an encyclopedia of everything great about the NYC/East Coast rock scene for the past 3 decades. He’s also a comic force of nature, and as co-creator (with Chris Phillips, Charlie Roth, Jimmy Accardi, et al, and participants that included the Uptown Horns) of the super-hilarious “Blue Light Club” at Under Acme in the late ’80s, provided a spawning ground for several soon-to-be famous comedians. Please join me in supporting Adam’s recovery fund.

If VP Joe Biden Had My Hair . . .

If VP Joe Biden Had My Hair . . .

True Story
Joe Biden Full Length

 

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 can’t make this stuff up, folks!

 

 

 

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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