Episode 19 – Ed Joffe (Part 3 of 3) on his Broadway career of almost 40 years

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In this episode of the Clarineat Podcast host Sean Perrin speaks with Ed Joffe about his nearly 40 year career as a versatile Broadway musician. 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 Julliard 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:

  • The status of Broadway musicians throughout history
  • How to work on Broadway
  • Why are Broadway auditions illegal?
  • Staying engaged during long show runs
  • Taking a mental health day
  • Selecting equipment for different situations
  • Being a musical “Chameleon”
  • What’s in Ed’s clarinet case?
  • Reed maintenance and care tips
  • How much time is spent with your reeds?
  • Joffe Woodwinds Interview Series on YouTube

Also Mentioned:

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Fiddler on the Roof

Buffet R13

Behn Mouthpieces

West Side Story

Silverstein Ligatures

Vandoren V21 Reeds

Lightning Round Questions:

What is on your music stand right now?

West Side Story, Cavalini Caprices, The Modern Flutist, and much more more!

What is your all-time favorite piece of music or album?

Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

If you could meet any composer or musician throughout history who would it be?

Charlie Parker

Do you have a book you’d like to recommend to the Clarineat Audience?

The Clarinet Revealed:An Essay on the Clarinet(English Edition 1996)

What is an instrument that you’d love to play but you never learned?



Joffe Woodwinds Website

Ed Joffe’s Interview Series


Ed Joffe – Contrasts (Album)

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



One signed copy of Ed Joffe’s new album called “Contrasts.”

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