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About James Spadafore

James R. Spadafore is a 1978 Graduate of SUNY at Buffalo where he received his BFA/MFA in Music Education. While at Buffalo Mr. Spadafore was a student of Allen Siegal, Edward Yazdinski and John Sedola. In 1978 Liverpool Central Schools as a middle/elementary instrumental teacher employed James. In 1986 the Longbranch Elementary Band, under Mr. Spadafore’s direction, performed at the New York State School Music Association Summer Convention, Rochester New York. The Liverpool Middle School Band has performed at the 1990 NYSSMA Winter Convention and also received consistent A+ ratings from NYSSMA Major Ensemble. In 1992 Mr. Spadafore was transferred to Liverpool High School where he is currently teaching the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and small ensembles. Under his direction the Symphonic Band has performed at the 1996 NYSSMA winter conference, the 1997 and 2006 New York Sate School Band Directors Association Symposium, the 1998 Mid West Band and Orchestra Clinic, the 2002 and 2006 Bands Of America National Concert Festival and The 2011 Mid Atlantic Honor Band Festival. The Liverpool High School Jazz Ensemble has performed on the main stage of the Syracuse Jazz Festival and has performer on the main stage at the Syracuse’s “Jazz In The Square” The Jazz Ensemble has performed with such jazz artists as The New York Voices, jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli, jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco, trumpeter Terrance Blanchard and The Count Basie Orchestra. As a free lance musician James has performed with the likes of Marvin Hamlish, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra jr., Ben Vareen, Bob Hope, The Spinners, Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons, the Four Tops and the Temptations. As a pit musician, Mr. Spadafore has performed with the national touring companies of City of Angels, The King And I, Chorus Line, Peter Pan, Big, Chicago, The Producers, Hairspray, Spamalot and Wicked. Mr. Spadafore is currently a member of the big band ‘The Salt City Jazz Collective”, the “Stan Colella Orchestra” and as a pit musician for Merry Go Round Theater. James resides in Liverpool, N.Y. and wishes to thank his three children Joel, Crista, and Samantha and his significant other Betsey who inspires him each and every day.

James Spadafore joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 07, 2013