Cracked Ice is a band of New York City area musicians who regularly perform on national television, on gold and platinum albums, and in sold-out concert and stadium tours. Musicians who are consummate music industry insiders, the ringers who are called in whenever the music has to be perfection.
At the same time, these are musicians who love to play nightclubs, concerts, parties, galas, and wedding receptions nationwide, because live music is and will always be the band’s raison d’etre. Their renowned reputation for musical mastery, style, and sophistication has made them one of the leading bands nationally for discerning, serious music lovers. The group is led by saxophonist, composer, producer Crispin Cioe, who has toured and performed with such artists as the Rolling Stones (“Steel Wheels Tour”), Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles, played sax solos on hit records like “Living in America” with James Brown, and performed regularly on TV shows like “”Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “The Today Show” (December 2011, playing sax with legendary singer/songwriter Carole King).
Cracked Ice is a band that knows how to make a party come alive, and live on in the memories of every single guest that attended the event. That’s because Crispin actually brings his ongoing career as a musician, music director, and composer/arranger to each reception/party/gala where Cracked Ice performs. For example, Crispin serves as musical director for the annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor on PBS stations nationally, leading a band onstage that is an expanded version of Cracked Ice; for the show, he puts the band together, writes and arranges the theme music/play-ons, and backs special musical guest stars (who have included Jennifer Hudson, Sam Moore & Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes, Jack Black, & Green Day).
- Establishment year:
Please login to view all listing details!