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Harpur Jazz Ensemble Concert With Guest Artist Joe Riposo, Alto Saxophone

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Saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, arranger, and educator of jazz studies at Syracuse University, Joe Riposo, will perform with the Binghamton University Harpur Jazz Ensemble, directed by Mike Carbone, 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 in the Osterhout Concert Theater. A full day of jazz begins with a free mid-day concert at 1:20 p.m. with Al Hamme, tenor sax, Mike Carbone, baritone sax, Dave Salazzo, piano, Tom Whaley, drums and Tony Marino, bass. After the mid-day concert, Mr. Riposo will conduct a free jazz clinic at 2:30 p.m. and the day will conclude with the evening concert.

Joe Riposo is the former Director of Music Education for the Liverpool Central School District, where he worked for 31 years. In 2013, he retired after 28 years as the Director of Jazz Studies from Syracuse University. Riposo served as past president of the New York State Unit of the International Association of Jazz Educators and as the IAJE’s North Eastern Division Coordinator.

Riposo has served as Jazz Coordinator and Clinician for the New York State School Music Association from which he received the presidential medallion. Riposo holds the New York State School Music Association certification as a Woodwind Adjudicator and as State Jazz Adjudicator. He remains extremely active as a performer, having worked in house bands for nationally known artists such as Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr. Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, the McGuire Sisters and many others. He played a special performance with Woody Herman’s New Thundering Herd on tour with Jack E. Leonard and Tony Bennett. Riposo has also performed in backing bands for Diane Schuur, Harry Connick Jr. and Natalie Cole. He has also conducted jazz ensembles featuring guest soloists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Woods, Marvin Stamm, Glenn Drewes, Darius Brubeck, Nick Brignola and Bob Kindred. Riposo appears frequently as clinician, adjudicator, guest conductor and soloist in jazz festivals across the U.S. He has composed several published jazz scores as a contract writer for Walrus Music Publishers, is the author of the book, Jazz Improvisation "The Whole-Brain Approach" Improving Improvisation through Understanding Hemisphericity, which was recently republished in its fourth edition. His most recent publications include the LMI Recorder Method (1999) and a second recorder method book published by Increase Music (2002). In 2008, Jamey Aebersold published Riposo’s recent book, BeBop Scales: Jazz Scales And Patterns In All 12 Keys. In 2009 he authored Target Tone and Approach Tones “Shaping Bebop Lines”. In 2012 Jamey Aebersold published Riposo’s Developing A Jazz Vocabulary. Riposo received the Outstanding Jazz Educator’s Award from the National Band Association for effective leadership in instrumental music education by developing successful concert and jazz bands in America’s schools. For the past seven years, he received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAPlus) Award, bestowed by the Popular Awards Panel. On Nov. 21, 1997, Riposo was inducted in the Syracuse Area Music Awards (Sammys) Music Hall of Fame. On June 8, 2003, he was also inducted into the Liverpool Central School District’s Fine Arts Hall of Fame. In 2008, he received the 2008 Jazz Educator of the Year Award presented by the Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation. Riposo received the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra musicians’ award for Outstanding Music Educator of 2009. Most recent he was inducted into the (SAMMY’S Music Educator Hall Of Fame November 2011. Riposo is the recipient of two State of New York Legislative Resolutions, one for his contributions to Music Education from Assemblyman, Majority Leader Michael Bragmen, April 1992 and was also honored with this esteemed award for being an his lifetime of achievements as a musician and teacher in the field of music by Senator John DeFrancisco on March 7, 2012.

Tickets for the evening concert are $7 for the general public, $5 for faculty, staff and seniors, and free for students. Tickets are available at the Anderson Center Box Office from noon to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, by calling (607) 777-ARTS, online at, or at the door. For more information, call (607) 777-2592, visit us at or become a fan on Facebook. This concert is sponsored by the Binghamton University Music Department.
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