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Carl Cafagna is a full-time professional musician in Metro Detroit. He is active as a freelance saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, vocalist, and drummer, having performed with the Temptations, Natalie cole, the Hot Club of Detroit, the late Mel Torme, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Marcus Belgrave, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Don Rickles, Bobby Watson, Verve Pipe, the Johnny Trudell Orchestra, Simone Vitale, Richie Cole, John Hendricks, the Detroit Lions Pep Band, the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. Carl owns Sweet Beat Productions, a music booking and publishing company, and runs six of his own bands, including Metro Jazz Voices, North Star Jazz, the Big Band Machine, and SoundLove. He also appears regularly aboard the Detroit Princess riverboat. Carl is dedicated to music education, having taught music theory, jazz improvising, jazz performance, and elementary beginning band at Western Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, CASA School, Berkley Public Schools, East Lansing High School, St. Johns Public Schools, Walled Lake Central High School, and the Michigan Blue Lake Fine arts Camp.
Currently, Carl runs the Sweet Beat Jazz Institute, which offers group jazz classes, teaches private lessons to students of all ages, runs a monthly jazz jam session, and holds music clinics at schools throughout Michigan. When he's not involved in all these activities, Carl enjoys spending time with his wife Kati, and daughters Anna, Grace, and Madeline. Carl holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA.), and a Master of Music degree from Western Michigan University.