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James R. Spadafore

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Background

Employment History

  • Jazz Director
    Liverpool High School
  • Band Director
    Liverpool High School
  • Band Music Teacher
    Liverpool High School
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Next up was Liverpool High ...
www.syracusenewtimes.com, 20 Nov 2011 [cached]
Next up was Liverpool High School music director Jim Spadafore, who presented Joe Riposo with the Hall of Fame Music Educator Award.
Honor - Superior Groups
www.dixieclassic.com, 28 June 2010 [cached]
Jim Spadafore, Director
Cover Story (061902)
newtimes.rway.com, 19 June 2002 [cached]
"Those guys were always willing to share their knowledge, and that's what we try to do," says Jim Spadafore, the jazz director at Liverpool High School."They got it started, we have just picked up where they left off."
The shoes of a good jazz teacher are difficult to fill, however.Despite the plague of pop groups like the Backstreet Boys and N'Sync, jazz has limped along with its commercial wounds salved by a small but passionate core of devotees.
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Indeed, Spadafore, one of Riposo's pupils, replaced him at Liverpool.
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Many teachers like Riposo and Spadafore cut their teeth sitting in on jam sessions at places that no longer exist, like Mike's on Butternut Street, the Milton Lounge on Milton Avenue and Casa di Lisa on Erie Boulevard East.Now jazz clubs are an all but extinct species in Central New York.
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Jim Spadafore was an instructor who pushed his students to strive for perfection in their performances, {and} Joe Filio demanded great things from his students.
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Filio and Spadafore had a hand in developing another top area talent as well: Candid Daydream guitarist J.P. Midgley, whose jazz-influenced hooks and riffs--to say nothing of his kick-ass white man's Afro--are a driving force behind the band.
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"Being taught by Jim Spadafore and Joseph Filio had a huge impact on my musical career," Midgley says.
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It couldn't have gotten much better for Spadafore at the Feb. 1 Sammy Awards show, when he watched his pupils shine.
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"That was such a charge for me to see those kids out there doing it," Spadafore says.
Liverpool student quartet headed to California to play jazz
www.syracuse.com, 22 Feb 2007 [cached]
Liverpool High School band director Jim Spadafore knew his combo quartet featuring seniors Collin DeJoseph on organ and Mike Lamardo on drums, and sophomores Dan Salem on trumpet and David Carpenter on saxophone was good.
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When Spadafore got home from the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra's James Galway concert earlier this month and turned on his answering machine, he found out his instincts were sharp.
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All intricate pieces, says Spadafore.
"I would throw a lot of stuff at them," he says.
Greg Evans on a - drum - roll
www.syracuse.com, 3 Feb 2004 [cached]
Jim Spadafore, Greg's band teacher at Liverpool High School, says he doesn't let his student take anything for granted.
"I keep challenging him.He'll tell you, he doesn't get a compliment from me.I tell his mother, I'm hard on him because I know he wants to play for a living, and there are a million drummers out there."
But Spadafore does throw some praise Greg's way, though.
"His time and his feel is probably the best (of any student) I've had," says Spadafore, who also plays jazz professionally with the Salt City Jazz Collective and has been teaching band music at Liverpool for 26 years.
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Spadafore says Greg is growing as a person, too.
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He doesn't flaunt what he has," Spadafore says."Sarah (Evans) has done a great job with all three (of her sons)."
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That's why he beat out 25 other drummers this year to become the first Central New York student to be selected for the Grammy ensembles, Spadafore says.
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"Around Liverpool, they say, 'I want to play as well as Greg Evans,'" Spadafore says.
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