About Ed Joffe

Ed Joffe with Alto Saxophone

Versatile artist Edward Joffe has been a vital part of the New York music scene for forty-five years as a multiple woodwind performer on all saxophones, clarinets and flutes. He has performed in every type of musical situation and taught from elementary school through graduate school. A native New Yorker, Dr. Joffe performs solo recitals frequently throughout the New York metropolitan area. He holds advanced degrees from Queens College (M.S. in Music Education), The Juilliard School (M.M in Performance) and The Graduate Center of the City College of New York (D.M.A. in Performance). His musical mentors have included Joe Allard, Tom Nyfenger, Eddie Daniels, Ron Reuben, Peter Simenauer, Joseph Rabbai, Paul Dunkel, Michael Parloff, Keith Underwood, Bob Mover, Bob Porcelli and Sandra Miller.

Orchestral Performances

New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York City Ballet Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Westchester Philharmonic, Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet Orchestras, American Symphony Orchestra, New York Pops

Chamber Music Performances

Cholla Chamber Ensemble, Philip Glass Ensemble, Steve Reich Ensemble, New York Chamber Symphony, Concordia, Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble

Commercial Music Performances

Barry Manilow, Audra McDonald, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Shirley Bassey, Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Kiri Te Kanawa, Aretha Franklin, Jane Oliver, The Who, Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra

Broadway Shows

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


Professor of Woodwinds & Jazz Studies, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ (1993-2014)
Adjunct Instructor of Woodwinds, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ (1992-93)
Adjunct Instructor of Woodwinds, Wagner College, Staten Island, NY (1990-93)
Band Director, Rye Country Day School, Rye, NY (1978-79)
Instructor of Clarinet/Saxophone, Queens College Pre-College Division, Flushing, NY (1976-78)
Assistant Band Director, Roslyn High School, Roslyn, NY (1975-76)
Band Director, P.S. 188, Bayside, NY (1974-75)

Teaching Philosophy

I have always believed that the primary goal of any music educator should be to help create a society of passionate lovers of music. Whether the student is a novice instrumentalist or singer, a non-major taking a music survey class as part of a required curriculum, an adult enrolled in a continuing education course, or someone preparing for a career in music, the goal remains the same—to provide students with a vision of excellence that will inspire and allow them to make rationally based value judgments on the merits of any musical work. Continue reading 

Selected Discography

Solo Recordings

  • Contrasts, 2016
  • Broadway Cast Albums

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 1982
  • Me and My Girl, 1986
  • Gypsy, 1990
  • Victor Victoria, 1995
  • Fosse, 1999
  • Once Upon a Mattress, 1997
  • King David, 1997
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel, 1998
  • The Drowsy Chaperone, 2006
  • Pippin, 2013
  • Anastasia, 2017
  • Frozen, 2018

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The following represents music and programs offered for concerts and clinics. In many cases the music for the Chamber and Jazz Ensemble offerings can be provided. Clinics may reflect a combination of any of the repertoire topics, as dictated by the needs of a particular circumstance. Continue reading 

Ed Joffe Interviewed by Sean Perrin

My first foray into the world of pod casting came as a result of a former student of mine, Dustyn Richardson, recommending me to clarinetist Sean Perrin for his series of online interviews. Sean is the creator of Clarineat.com, a website that features pod casts related to the world of clarinet playing. (Sean and Dustyn are both excellent young woodwind professionals who hail from Canada and share a deep love for a diverse repertoire of music.) After Sean had expressed an interest in having me on his interview series, I sent him a copy of my book Woodwind Doubling for Saxophone, Clarinet & Flute and CD entitled Contrasts. (Sean is also a doubler of sorts—he plays clarinet and marimba—and displays his talents on his new CD, Dreamsongs.) He liked them enough to offer me the opportunity to talk about those products as well as the life of a multiple woodwind player in today’s changing music industry. What was supposed to be a one-hour session morphed into a three-hour interview conducted over Skype and now offered in three-parts. I hope you find the interviews entertaining and helpful. A brief description of each part follows:Continue reading 

A Man of Multiple Talents

Dr. Edward Joffe: A Man of Multiple Talents
A 2009 Interview by Joseph d’Auguste

It is said that the person at the top influences all those below him. In that case New Jersey City University is most fortunate to have Dr. Edward Joffe at the helm of the Woodwind and Jazz departments. He is a man saturated not only in musical talent but in great wisdom and experience. Passing on the traditions of the truly great woodwind teachers of generations before him, he offers his knowledge to all those who seek it. For the serious music student, this is so much more than just a college degree. It is an opportunity to work with one of the last true woodwind pedagogues in our country still actively performing and teaching. Being both a city university as well as a conservatory graduate, having worked with some of the greatest orchestras and performers of our time, he gives an honest appraisal of where music is headed today. He can guide the music student of the future to the best education available at a time when college costs are often prohibitive. His students not only rise to the top as artists but also find their own personal road to success in the music industry via his guidance. The following interview gives you a vantage point one seldom sees of their professors and insight to what the man is truly about. His overwhelming sense of humor is only surpassed by his dedication in helping his students grow both in ability and preparedness. Seeking a faculty of the highest caliber and a sense of professional ethics, students of Dr. Joffe and his staff at NJCU are ready to meet the challenges of a professional musical artist’s career. Continue reading