Lipsius was the original saxophonist, arranger,
and conductor with the seminal jazz-rock group Blood,
Sweat & Tears (1967-71). He also doubled on keyboards.
As a band member, Fred earned nine Gold Records, a Grammy
Award for Album of the Year, plus a Grammy Award for his
arrangement of the smash hit single 'Spinning Wheel.' He
arranged and co-arranged, respectively, the hit singles
'Hi-De-Ho' and 'You've Made Me So Very Happy.' Fred brought
the jazz element to the band and public with his arrangements
and sax/piano solos. 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.
In 1982, Fred toured with Simon
and Garfunkel in Japan and Europe and was a featured soloist.
Fred has performed with jazz greats Cannonball Adderley,
Thelonious Monk, Zoot Sims, Eddie Gomez, Al Foster, Randy
Brecker, George Mraz, Larry Willis, Rodney Jones, plus prominent
Berklee College of Music faculty members Herb Pomeroy, Alan
Dawson, Ray Santisi, and Donald Brown. Fred has written
music for, and performed on, more than 30 CDs as both a
leader and sideman. He's also authored seven books and CDs
on jazz improvisation and jazz reading, published worldwide.
Born in the Bronx, New York
City in November 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),
and then went on the road. Fred is currently an Associate
Professor at Berklee College of Music, where he's been teaching
full-time since 1984.