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 Magazine, Detroit 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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