Episode 18 – Ed Joffe (Part 2 of 3) on the history of doubling, and doubling tips for clarinetists

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In this episode of the Clarineat Podcast host Sean Perrin continues the conversation with Ed Joffe about woodwind doubling for clarinetists and his brand new album “Contrasts.” Ed has been a vital part of the New York music scene for over 40 years. He has performed in every type of musical situation imaginable, ranging from broadway shows such as “Fosse” and “Victor Victoria”; Chamber ensembles such as the Philip Glass and Steve Reich Ensembles; and orchestral performances with The New York Philharmonic and New York City Ballet Orchestras.

Ed has offered numerous clinics on woodwinds and jazz at music education conferences and universities, is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the first person to receive his doctorate in multiple woodwind performance from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Dr. Joffe has worked and studied with some of the most respected woodwind artists of our time including Joe Allard,  Eddie Daniels, and Ron Reuben.

Ed was a professor of music at New Jersey City University for 24 years, where he was Coordinator of Jazz & Woodwinds Studies. Under his guidance, the multiple woodwind and jazz studies programs  were hailed as among the best in the country.

Discussion Topics:

  • Early history of doubling in Bach, Haydn, and Mozart’s time
  • How Bach may have become a wind doubler
  • Why does the oboe tune the orchestra?
  • Difficulty of playing clarinet
  • How playing clarinet will give you a leg up as a doubler
  • Clarinet as the pop instrument of the early 20th century
  • Disadvantage of playing double lip as a doubler
  • Tips for clarinetists interested in doubling
  • How many instruments does a doubler need?
  • How to afford instruments by investing in your art
  • Importance of incremental instrument maintenance
  • Developing a good relationship with repair people
  • Don’t let others affect your love of music
  • Spreading artistry over many instruments and styles of music and instruments
  • Finding your niche
  • Why did Charlie Parker bring a clarinet with him on tour?
  • The brilliance and artistry of movie music




Aldolphe Sax

Frank Wess

Martin Fröst

Phil Woods

Joe Allard

Glenn Gould

John Coltrane

Charlie Parker

James Bond



Joffe Woodwinds Website

Ed Joffe’s Interview Series


Ed Joffe – Contrasts (Album)

Ed Joffe – Woodwind Doubling for Saxophone, Clarinet & Flute (Book)



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