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.

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

Thurs., Oct. 31 - Halloween in Salem, MA! w/ The Uptown Horns & The American Vinyl All-Star Band
Mon., Dec. 2 w/ Darlene Love, at Sony Hall in NYC

Mon., Dec. 2 w/ Darlene Love, at Sony Hall in NYC

Darlene's big Holiday Show, with the tour kicking Read More »
Sun., Aug. 25, 7pm: w/ Cracked Ice at The Levitt Pavilion in Westport, CT
Mon., June 24: Crispin & Friends at The Horseshoe

Mon., June 24: Crispin & Friends at The Horseshoe

One show at The Shoe, 8pm on Monday, June 24.  Read More »
Crispin w/ Darlene Love in Holmdel, NJ Fri., June 14

Crispin w/ Darlene Love in Holmdel, NJ Fri., June 14

at The PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ, 7:30pm&n Read More »
Crispin w/ Mark Naftalin, Sat., June 15

Crispin w/ Mark Naftalin, Sat., June 15

at The Yankee Doodle Fair in Westport, CT, 6-9pm Read More »
Crispin w/ Shaboo All-Stars, Sun., June 16

Crispin w/ Shaboo All-Stars, Sun., June 16

at Mohegan Sun in The Wolf Den, at 7pm. Read More »
Crispin w/ Terrapin, June 21

Crispin w/ Terrapin, June 21

Terrapin Headlines the Wall Street Theater on Frid Read More »
Crispin w/ Abel Ferrara at MoMa, May 1-25

Crispin w/ Abel Ferrara at MoMa, May 1-25

This Wed., May 1, Crispin joins filmmaker Abel Fer Read More »
Crispin & Friends at The Horseshoe, Mon., Feb. 25

Crispin & Friends at The Horseshoe, Mon., Feb. 25

return for a set of high-tone musical shenanigans, Read More »
Crispin plays "Winterfest" in Montego Bay

Crispin plays "Winterfest" in Montego Bay

celebrating the life and music of Johnny Winter, i Read More »
Crispin w/ Darlene Love on "The View"

Crispin w/ Darlene Love on "The View"

Thurs., Dec. 13, 11am EST, Crispin returns with Da Read More »
Crispin w/ Darlene Love at Graceland

Crispin w/ Darlene Love at Graceland

Monday, Aug. 13 in Memphis for Elvis Week, 7pm on Read More »
Crispin w/ Mark Naftalin in Westport, CT

Crispin w/ Mark Naftalin in Westport, CT

Wed., August 15, 7:30pm start, Crispin is a featur Read More »
Crispin & Friends at The Horseshoe in Southport, CT

Crispin & Friends at The Horseshoe in Southport, CT

Mon., June 11, 8pm sharp, Crispin and his friends Read More »
Crispin w/ James Montgomery & Christine Ohlman in Hamden, CT

Crispin w/ James Montgomery & Christine Ohlman in Hamden, CT

Friday, June 29, 8pm show, Crispin and Larry from Read More »
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 »

My Latest Blog Posts

  • Crispin Cioe NYC Poster 2 Stand For The Troops 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 […]

  • Crispin and Kiku At Kennedy Center Mark Twain Awards 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 […]

  • Brittany Howard Alabama Shakes 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 […]

  • A Celebration of American Creativity 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 […]

  • Adam Roth 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 […]

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

    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 Album Cover Cracked Ice “Soul Noir”

    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.