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About Carl

CARL CAFAGNA is among the Midwest's most sought-after musicians, as a saxophonist, vocalist, flutist, clarinetist and drummer, in most musical genres. He has performed and/or recorded with Natalie Cole, Regis Philbin, the Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Don Rickles, the Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, Hot Club of Detroit, Joan Rivers, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Les Brown Jr. and the 'Band of Renown', Marcus Belgrave, the Detroit Lions Pep Band, the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, Richie Cole, Johnny Trudell, Verve Pipe, Frank Vignola, Ben E. King, Elaine Stritch, the Celtic Women, Neil McCoy, Charlie Pride, Kenny Burrell, Bobby Watson and Mel Torme. CARL regularly appears at venues such as Detroit's Orchestra Hall, the Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island), the Detroit International Jazz Festival and the Detroit Princess Riverboat, and has given performances in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland OR, Portland MN, Minneapolis, Cleveland, London ENG, Paris FRA and New York City (including Birdland and Carnegie Hall). He has previously held teaching positions for Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic Youth, Oakland University, CASA School, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the Metro Detroit Jazz Workshop, and currently serves as the Coordinator of Woodwinds for Lake Orion Public Schools.  Carl holds a Bachelors of Music from Berklee College of Music (Boston), and a Master of Music from Western Michigan University, having begun his musical studies at Michigan State University. CARL lives in Troy MI, with his wife Kati, and their children Anna, Grace, Madeline and Michael. 

"Carl is one of the best musicians I've encountered in many years; I enjoy working with him on all levels!" - Johnny Trudell, Lead Trumpet, Motown Records, Detroit Music Contractor

"Carl is the Man!" - Richie Cole, International saxophonist/recording artis

"Thank you for a wonderful performance; the selections, the fine ensemble and YOUR BEAUTIFUL VOICE. Couldn't have asked for more!" - Janice Henry, Director of Public Relations, Flint Institute of Arts

"Cafagna's solos are reminiscent of Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, and other tenors of their caliber." - George H. Smith, "Jazz West Coast" Blog (Sept. 2010)

"We had such a fun evening, with the great variety of music played by Carl Cafagna & SoundLove; we Strongly recommend this band to anyone planning a wedding!" - Ray & Becca Smith, Bride/Groom

"Cafagna has a great mastery of the saxophone, but does not overwhelm the ensemble." - Peter Michalowski, Ann Arbor Observer (Sept. 2009)

"The music was spectacular; a great mix of classic tunes and really fun stuff, with great musicians playing it. Consider this a hearty endorsement for anyone considering you guys!" - Leonard MacEachern, Father of the Bride

"Carl routinely presents East Coast quality music to Detroit and Michigan. He is a rare treasure." - Dr. Scott Cowan, Director of Jazz Brass, Western Michigan University

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