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Jack Kripl

Alto Saxophone

Jack Kripl Jack Kripl
c. 2011


Married to Adriana, 2 children

Biography Through 2011

Jack Kripl is married to Adriana (Bermudian) with two married stepsons both in their mid-thirties. We all live in Bermuda

Since our 1961 Tour, I have been touring the world playing in all of the major concert halls my whole professional musical life either as a soloist with orchestras / as a teacher / lecturer or as a member of the Philip Glass Ensemble or Paul Whiteman Orchestra. I have also had a penchant for being involved in the business / management side of things both in music and other businesses. As a saxophonist, I have always had a desire to play both classical and jazz.

I made a conscious effort to always be involved in some sort of business venture which could serve as a backup from the fear and in the event I lost my ability to play music. It also served to support me between grants / teaching and gigs.


1961 Sophomore Wind Instrument Major-Russian Tour.
1964 BM Wind Instruments U of Mich. Saxophone Instructor Eastern Michigan University, National Music Camp at Interlochen.
1965 MM Saxophone Instructor Eastern Michigan University and Detroit area; National Music Camp at Interlochen in summers.
1965-1966Fulbright Scholarship to Paris. Private student of Marcel Mule and style / analysis / conducting with Nadia Boulanger.
1966-1967 Renewal of Fulbright Scholarship for second year Student: Marcel Mule, Daniel Deffayet, Nadia Boulanger, recorded PARIS with Ravi Shankar and Allah Rocka, met Philip Glass, studied saxophone repertoire.
Resident Artist at the Cite International Des Arts in Paris — recitalist Mabou Mines Theatre Musician, American Cultural Centre recitals.
·Musician and teacher
·Saxophonist with Detroit Symphony Orchestra, ·Soloist with numerous high school bands and community orchestras in Michigan,
·Detroit Concert Band soloist under Leonard Smith,
·Saxophone Instructor at the following: Interlochen Arts Academy; Wayne State University; Michigan State University; Oakland University; Detroit-Wayne Music Studios; Royal Oak Music Studios with Herb Couf.
·Studio recording with several Motown and Stax records horn section recordings at Motown Studios Detroit.
1970 Helped develop the Couf Saxophone and played it exclusively for the next 18 years.
DIJON Coached by Jean Marie Londeix in preparation for the International Competition for Musical Performers in Genève Switzerland.
GENEVA ·Winner of the prize for saxophone competing against 42 entrants from 16 countries.
·Toured as soloist with the Orchestre de la Suisse Remande  playing Ibert and Glazunov.
·Recipient of the Martha Baird Rockefeller
·Scholarship for Music enabling a year of residency in London.
·While in London auditioned to be the saxophonist on call with all five major symphony orchestras.
·Met Sir Keith Falkner of the Royal College of Music and was going to set up a saxophone class.
·All of the above collapsed when I couldn't gain entry into the British Musicians Union. That dashed all my hopes and dreams of living / playing / teaching in London.
·While awaiting approval for my work permit, I introduced water beds to London and was supplying several of the big department stores. I was having them made in Taiwan.
1973-1976 Back to Michigan as the saxophone instructor at several universities. Taught at University of Michigan for a semester when Dr. Teal was ill and playing gigs with Johnny Trudell Orchestra at the Dearborn Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Hired to play lead woodwinds with the Southampton Princess Hotel Orchestra in Bermuda for one season and loved it. I vowed to return to Bermuda to work as soon as I could,,, but that wouldn't happen until 15 years later.
·Owned and operated the PARADIGE GOURMET NATURAL FOODS RESTAURANT in Birmingham, Michigan with 36 employees.
·Simultaneously running a bakery, catering division, and fast natural food outlets in various shopping malls in the Detroit Area.
·Concurrently was contractor for all the shows at the Detroit Music Hall and the Birmingham Theatre.
·Moved to NYC and proceeded to be successful in my lifelong dream of being a freelance artist performer woodwind specialist.
·I was music contractor for my first Broadway show experience — GOTTA GO DISCO a sort of Motown revue.
·Lead woodwind on BARNUM with Glenn Close (Piccolo soloist) we won The Tony Award. Played many Broadway shows.
·Worked as musician and contractor/conductor for various composers and arrangers doing music for Network TV, numerous film Scores, 13 CBS Masterworks and SONY albums with Philip Glass and American Saxophone Quartet.
·Worked as an artists' representative selling major art to international museums and NYC Art Galleries.
·Practiced constantly to stay ready to play/record most anything in all styles on all the woodwinds accept double reeds.
·Saxophone Instructor at the Manhattan School of Music.
·Founding member of the American Saxophone Quartet with Al Regni, Bob Mintzer, George Marge.
·Retired from high stress performing, sold my Tribeca loft and moved to Bermuda permanently for a private teaching job.
·I was initially hired as assistant Director of the Dunbarton School of Music teaching woodwinds, piano, and music theory.
1998 ·Was flown to Rome from Bermuda (July) to play Gershwin with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and backing up singers Chukka Khan and Nancy Wilson. I took along my good friend Adriana who was a widow with two teenaged boys. I proposed to her at midnight at the Fountains of Trevi. (Pure Romantic). We were married in Detroit Dec. 28th 1998.
·Ran a successful Jazz group called JAZZ MASTERS and had a following playing in the hotel lounges at night and teaching during the day.
·I became the band director at one of the two Bermuda High Schools for a whole school year, and that cured my teaching ambition.
·Stopped playing music. I started selling residential / commercial, hotels, land in Bermuda as a sales agent with Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty. I was awarded for being top producing agent for the whole of the Caribbean area and top 1% with Coldwell Banker Realty.
·Happily married with two married stepsons in mid thirties, no grand-children.
·We enjoy walking, golf, boating, swimming, diving , gourmet dinners / wine and conversation with friends.