Fred Lipsius was the original saxophonist, arranger and conductor with the groundbreaking jazz/rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears.

While in the band, he won nine Gold Records, a Grammy Award for arranging the hit song “Spinning Wheel”, as well as a Grammy for Best Album of the Year. He also 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 public with his sax and piano solos and arrangements. 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.

Fred has composed, arranged and produced radio and TV commercials. In the spring of 1982, he toured in Japan and Europe with Simon and Garfunkel and was a featured soloist. He has performed with jazz greats Cannonball Adderley, Thelonious Monk, Zoot Sims, Eddie Gomez, Al Foster, George Mraz, Rodney Jones, Randy Brecker and many others and has written music for, and performed on, over 30 CDs as both a leader and sideman.

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