A native of Cape May, NJ, multi-instrumentalist and composer Kyle Cripps is now at the forefront of the New Orleans’ modern music scene. With his own project, One Love Brass Band, or with many other groups like Smoke N Bones or Jamey St Pierre and the Honeycreepers, Kyle is now a regular on sax and keyboards in the greater Gulf area.
Kyle started performing primarily on saxophone throughout his elementary & high school years, earning numerous soloist awards. While in high school, his interests widened outside of the academic world as he composed, produced, recorded, and independently released three albums under the name “Willy Cliffton Band”, including the rock-opera “Elephant Supernova”. Although his formative years focused on sax, he took the time to add keyboards and guitar to his repertoire and performs and records regularly on several instruments.
Kyle’s love of jazz was eventually fostered while attending Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Upon his move to the city, he began to make a name for himself, performing regularly at the area’s top clubs & venues, and was apart of Temple’s award-winning Jazz and Lab Bands.
In 2008, Kyle decided to take his career to the greatest music city in the world, New Orleans. There he completed his master’s degree at the University of New Orleans on a full-tuition award. While at UNO, he took the time to co-lead and write several arrangements for the UNO Jazz Orchestra. He now continues to be an in-demand musician on both saxophone and keyboard.
Over the course of his career, he has shared the stage with DJ Logic, Nickie Glaspie, G Love, Glen David Andrews, Marcia Ball, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Ellis Marsalis, Irvin Mayfield, Luis Bonilla, Gerald French, Jason Marsalis, and Gerald Veasley among others. Kyle has also been active as an educator, and was a staff member of the New Orleans Jazz Institute’s inaugural music school program, the Saturday Music School, helping to develop the school’s jazz curriculum for young music students.
I have been teaching privately for over 15 years on a variety of instruments (saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano, guitar and bass). I was a staff member of the New Orleans Jazz Institute’s inaugural music school program, the Saturday Music School, helping to develop the school’s jazz curriculum for young music students. I also was on staff at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts for four years until leaving to teach privately.