About Ed Joffe

Ed Joffe with Alto Saxophone

Versatile artist Ed Joffe has been a vital part of the New York music scene for over forty-five years as a multiple woodwind performer on all saxophones, clarinets, and flutes. He has been involved in many types diverse of musical scenarios including Broadway shows; studio recordings; large and small jazz ensembles; orchestra, ballet, and opera performances; contemporary music; chamber groups; and solo recitals. Ed has taught from elementary school through graduate school and continues to offer woodwind masterclasses live and remotely. He is the author/editor of two books on the art of woodwind performance—Woodwind Doubling for Saxophone, Clarinet & Flute and Beyond the Notes: Musical Thoughts and Analyses. Ed began Joffewoodwinds.com in 2014 with the desire to share with others his knowledge of and passion for woodwinds, woodwind doubling, and music.

  • Musical Theater Shows

    • Flying Over Sunset
    • Anastasia
    • Pippin
    • The Drowsy Chaperone
    • Assassins
    • Oklahoma
    • Fosse
    • The Scarlet Pimpernel
    • Once Upon A Mattress
    • Victor Victoria
    • Damn Yankees
    • Gypsy
    • Me and My Girl
    • Pacific Overtures
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    • A Chorus Line

    Jazz and Commercial Performances

    • Charles McPherson
    • Randy Brecker
    • Audra McDonald
    • Dee Dee Bridgewater
    • Shirley Bassey
    • Lady Gaga
    • The Who
    • Johnny Mathis
    • Aretha Franklin
    • Ray Charles
    • Tony Bennett
    • Mel Torme
    • Frank Sinatra Jr.
    • Barry Manilow
    • Sauter-Finegan Orchestra

    Orchestral Performances

    • New York City Ballet Orchestra
    • New York Philharmonic
    • The Philadelphia Orchestra
    • New Jersey Symphony
    • Brooklyn Philharmonic
    • American Symphony Orchestra
    • American Composers Orchestra
    • New York Pops Orchestra
    • New York Chamber Symphony
    • Westchester Philharmonic
    • Kirov Ballet Orchestra
    • Bolshoi Ballet Orchestra
    • Orchestra of St. Luke’s
    • Concordia

    Chamber Music Performing Ensembles

    • Philip Glass Ensemble
    • Steve Reich Ensemble
    • Metropolitan Opera Chamber Players
    • International Composers Conference (Switzerland)
    • Metropolitan Saxophone Quartet

    Private Studies


    • Joseph Allard
    • Eddie Daniels
    • Ray Beckenstein
    • Joseph Porcelli


    • Joseph Allard
    • Ronald Reuben
    • Peter Simenauer
    • Joseph Rabbai
    • Richard Wilder
    • Joseph Porcelli


    • Thomas Nyfenger
    • Michael Parloff
    • Keith Underwood
    • Paul Dunkel
    • Sandra Miller


    • Eddie Daniels
    • Bob Mover
    • Bob Porcelli
    • Charles McPherson


    The Graduate School of the City University of New York
    Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance
    The Juilliard School
    Master of Music in Performance
    Queens College
    Master of Science in Music Education
    Queens College
    Bachelor of Arts in Music Education

    Teaching Experience

    New Jersey City University, Jersey City, New Jersey
    Professor of Jazz Studies and Woodwinds
    Wagner College, Staten Island, New York
    Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone, Clarinet, Chamber Music
    Queens College, Flushing, New York
    Pre-College Division Saxophone and Clarinet Instructor
    Rye Country Day School, Rye, New York
    Director of Bands
    Roslyn High School, Roslyn, New York
    Assistant Band Director
    P.S. 188, Bayside, New York
    Band Director

    Publications and Articles

    • Beyond the Notes: Musical Thoughts and Analyses [Nyfenger Holdings, LLC]
    • Woodwind Doubling for Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute [Joffewoodwinds, LLC]
    • The Evolution of Commercial Doubling [Allegro–Publication of Local 802, AFM]
    • What’s Really Going On In Jazz Education [JazzInside NY]
    • Remembering Tom Nyfenger [NY Flute Club Newsletter]
    • Lew Tabackin: Jazz Virtuoso [NY Flute Club Newsletter]
    • America’s Musical Meltdown [The Academic Forum]


    • Smithtown High Schools West & East
    • Kutztown University Summer Chamber Festival
    • International Clarinet Association
    • International Flute Association
    • Western Connecticut State University
    • Marshall University
    • Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies
    • New Jersey Jazz Society
    • New Jersey Music Educators Conferences
    • New Jersey Intercollegiate Jazz Ensembles

    Professional Organizations

    • The Jazz Education Network
    • North American Saxophone Alliance
    • International Clarinet Society
    • National Flute Association
    • New York Flute Club
    • Chamber Music America
    • New Jersey Music Educators Association


Interviews of Ed Joffe