Fred Lipsius was the original saxophonist, arranger and conductor with Blood, Sweat & Tears (1967-71). He also doubled on keyboards. While with the band, he won nine Gold Records plus two Grammy Awards: one for his arrangement of “Spinning Wheel” and the other for 1969 Album of the Year. Fred also arranged and co-arranged, respectively, the hit singles “Hi-De-Ho” and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”. He brought the ‘jazz’ element to the band and the public with his arrangements and solos on sax and piano. In both the Downbeat and Playboy jazz polls he placed in the top ten of the alto sax category. Rock and Roll history books credit him as the first saxophonist to mix jazz and rock styles in his solos.
Fred has composed, arranged and produced radio and TV commercials, including 2 CBS TV logos – themes introducing the season‘s upcoming shows. In the spring of 1982, he toured with Simon and Garfunkel in Japan and Europe, and was a featured soloist. Fred has authored six books/CDs on jazz improvisation and jazz reading, published throughout the world. Other published works of his include small combo and big band jazz/fusion arrangements.
He has performed with jazz greats Cannonball Adderley, Thelonious Monk, Zoot Sims, Eddie Gomez, Al Foster, George Mraz, Larry Willis, Randy Brecker, Rodney Jones, plus a number of prominent Berklee College of Music faculty such as Herb Pomeroy, Alan Dawson, Ray Santisi, and Donald Brown. He has written music for and performed on over 30 CDs as both a leader and sideman.
Born in the Bronx, New York City on November 19,1943, Fred began playing the clarinet at age 9, alto and tenor saxophones in Junior High School, and piano at Music and Art High School in Manhattan. He continued his studies at Berklee School of Music (1961-62). Following this, he went on the road with impressionist/singer Billy Fellows, played with and wrote big band dance arrangements with the Ronn Metcalfe Orchestra in Canada, led his own rehearsal big band in New York City, played at the Copa Cabana, the Red Parrot (disco club), the hit Broadway show "Grease", wrote horn and string arrangements for a number of recording artists' CDs, was a special guest performer at the first EAT'M (Emerging Artists & Talent in Music) conventon in las Vegas, and much more.
Fred is currently an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, where he's been teaching full-time since 1984. He has served his community by giving over 100 performances at nursing homes, mental hospitals and senior citizens homes around Boston, playing mostly light jazz on saxophone and piano, and sharing stories of his life with the residents. Fred continues to keep his creativity alive and flowing with other projects such as his digital art website at fredlipsiusart.com which features a number of his works for sale. He also has 'showings' of his art around Boston, and plays solo saxophone at these events.
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