crackedicebandCracked Ice Soul Noir Cracked Ice is a NYC-based, 7-member, retro-nuevo soul band, named after a stomping Earl Bostic jukebox hit from waaaay back in the day. Saxophonist Crispin Cioe formed the group early in the millennium to perform regularly at blue-light bars, swank affaires, blind pigs, elegant occasions, beach blanket bongo bashes, dirt-floor dives, back-alley boites, and esteemed concert stages. Their latest release, Soul Nour is retro-nuevo soul/r&b, like soul classics, only brand new ones you’ve never heard before! Click here to hear/order


burnzyCrispin Cioe Burnzy’s Last Call (soundtrack) Called “cooler than cool,” by Billboard, Crispin produced, arranged and wrote or co-wrote seven of the tracks on this eclectic soundtrack to the award-winning 1999 indie film Burnzy’s Last Call. With new songs from Lou Christie, Graham Parker, David Johansen, Debbie Harry, Evan Dando, Soozie Tyrell, the Smithereens and his own Uptown Horns, Crispin has created a unique musical expression that is both evocative of 60’s and 70’s and would also sound right at home on a NYC dive bar jukebox today. Click here to hear/order


uptownhorns1 The Uptown Horns The Uptown Horn Revue Throughout their 30 years together as session/touring pros, the Uptown Horns have always maintained their stellar band The Uptown Horns Revue, worked on their original songs, and performed regularly at East Coast clubs, often featuring guest stars like Willy DeVille, Peter Wolf, Catherine Russell, Joe Louis Walker, Southside Johnny, Debbie Davies, and Johnny Copeland. This album, also titled “The Uptown Horns Revue”, is the culmination of those years, and includes a stellar cast of friends-of-the-Horns that include Keith Richards, Peter Wolf, and the late great Albert Collins – performing on a bracing blast of rhythm & blues. Click here to hear/order

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.