America’s Event Band of Distinction

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 receptions, 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.  Please scroll down to see and hear Cracked Ice in action, and to learn more about upcoming live appearances.

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Live Performances

Crispin performs:
–as Musical Director of
“The Mark Twain Prize
for Humor, honoring
Jay Leno”,which debuts
at 8pm, Sunday, Nov.23
on PBS stations nationwide.

–more at:

Our Debut Album

Crispin and Cracked Ice also produce original music and have just released their debut album, “Soul Noir”.

Available for listening and purchase on and for download at iTunes.


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I had very specific musical requirements I wanted for our reception, from Coltrane ballads and French accordian music during dinner to funky R&B for dancing to backing me up along with my friends Jackson Browne and Rosanne Cash once the party really got going. Cracked Ice did it all, and beautifully. Both Elizabeth and I were thrilled with the music. Thanks so much!

Singer/Songwriter Marc Cohn (“Walking in Memphis”)
and his wife ABC newswoman Elizabeth Vargas