Fred Cavese

Jazz Saxophonist   


Rockledge, Florida



     Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Fred's first experience with music was at the age of 5, when his father taught him how to read music and play a small accordion.  In the fourth grade, he found a niche with the clarinet and continued playing all through high school, with success in local and statewide interscholastic music competitions.  Late in high school, he began the tenor saxophone and played in the high school jazz ensemble before embarking upon a career in law and 20 years of active duty in the US Air Force, which took him to places around the country and throughout the world.

     After retiring from the Air Force in 2008, Fred resumed playing the clarinet and tenor sax.  He added the soprano sax in 2013, the alto sax in 2014, and the sopranino sax in 2021.   He performed regularly with the St Louis Big Band and Freeburg Big Band in the greater St Louis, Missouri metropolitan area before relocating to Florida in 2016.   His  favorite types of music are classic jazz, swing, and bossa nova -- with Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Paul Desmond, Stan Getz, and Kenny G among his favorite instrumentalists.   He now performs regularly as a soloist at public and private events/venues, as well as in his church's weekly music liturgy.

     Fred Cavese (Lt Col, USAF Ret) is a graduate of Canisius College, McGeorge School of Law, and the University of Notre Dame Law School, and he now resides with his wife Debbie (a retired USAF nurse) in Rockledge, Florida.