Fred Lipsius was the original saxophonist, arranger, and conductor with Blood, Sweat, and Tears (1967–71). He also doubled on keyboards. While with the band, he garnered nine gold records plus a Grammy Award for his arrangement of “Spinning Wheel.” He also arranged and coarranged, respectively, the hit singles “Hi-De-Ho” and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy.” Lipsius brought the jazz element to the band and the public with his arrangements and solos on sax and piano. Rock 'n' roll history books credit him as the first saxophonist to mix jazz and rock styles in his solos.
Lipsius has performed with jazz greats Cannonball Adderley, Thelonious Monk, Zoot Sims, Eddie Gomez, and Al Foster, among others, plus a number of prominent Berklee 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. He is currently an associate professor in Berklee's Woodwinds Department, where he’s been teaching full time since 1984.
For this performance, Lipsius will be accompanied by Larry Baione on guitar, Bruce Gertz on bass, and Les Harris Jr. on drums.