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James Saporito
James Saporito
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: New York City Ballet Orchestra
  • Country: United States

Since graduating from the Eastman School of Music, James Saporito has enjoyed a flourishing career as a freelance drummer/percussionist in New York City. He has recorded over 60 major motion picture soundtracks and 150 albums, collaborating with such artists as Marilyn Horne, Gladys Knight, Billy Joel, Barbara Cook, Tony Bennett, and Celine Dion.

Saporito serves as Associate Principal Percussionist with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, and he often performs with the New York Philharmonic. He is the Principal Percussionist with the New York Pops Orchestra and also a member of the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra and the American Composers Orchestra. His jazz trio with pianist Kenny Ascher and bassist Dick Sarpola has released their first album Pentimento. Saporito is most proud of his two children and his wife, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Melinda Wagner.

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