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Fred 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.

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