Crispin Cioe - Original Music Bio
Saxist / songwriter / music producer, Crispin Cioe has left an indelible imprint on American/ British roots and pop music, through his work as a soloist (viz. sax solos on James Brown’s Living in America, Love & Money by Bronski Beat, etc. and by dint of a lifelong commitment to workin’ it hard every time he’s hit the stage, playing tenor, alto, baritone and soprano saxophone! He is a founding member of the esteemed Uptown Horns, recording / touring with icons: Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Solomon Burke, Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Ohio Players, Debbie Harry, Dusty Springfield, B52s Buster Poindexter, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Paul McCartney, etc. Crispin's music directing for TV credits include: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor and The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Songwriting, Live From The White House,
Crispin Cioe has performed with legendary stars like Aretha Franklin, Joan Jett and Iggy Pop, to name just a few. He scored: independent feature film, Burnzy's Last Call, The Real Blonde and Five Wives, Three Secretaries, and a Maid, He wrote songs for director Abel Ferrera's feature film, China Girl. Crispin appeared as a saxophonist in Live at the Max, an IMAX film of The Rolling Stones, Steel Wheels Tour. He has also made numerous appearances as a saxophonist on The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) and Saturday Night Live. Crispin was the saxophonist on score of the Coen Brother's feature film, Blood Simple, Abel Ferrera's, The Funeral, and When We Were Kings, Academy Award winning documentary.
In the late 90s Crispin Cioe formed Cracked Ice, writing and producing Soul Noir, the band's debut album. Crispin continues to perform with Cracked Ice in New York City and across the country.