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"Love+ Passion= Ippy's Music Project"

Mix a lifelong passion for music with the inspiring force of love, throw in some rock'n roll, and you'll get the receipe that makes Ippy and The Project one of Morristown's most original musical acts.

Paul Ippolito, and his wife, Linda, are the nucleus of the band, along with fellow musicians Simon Burke, Robin Badders, and Dave D'Alessio. Rounding out the lineup, and helping out in the studio and at live performances are James Pesler, Ron Zito, Dee Cannizzaro, Baron Raymonde, and Tom Storms.

All of the group's members contribute to create unique rock/countryblues/bluegrass/folk sound.

Paul Ippolito, the band's co-founder, lead vocalist and guitarist- or "Ippy" as he's been called since childhood, grew up in Caldwell, NJ with his mother, encouraging and igniting his love of music. The Beatles, Allman Brothers, Jackson Five, Chuck Berry, and Elvis would be the first of many musicians to inspire him, but above all others his favorite was and still is the Rolling Stones. Ippy went on to be in the bands " Wishful Thinking", "Sequel" , and "Group Therapy". Ippy also played with the Rolling Stones tribute bands" Rolling Thunder" and "Tumbling Dice".

In early 1990, while Ippy was playing a show with the group " Group Therapy" he met and fell in love with a girl from Essex Fells named Linda. She was a classically trained violinist and fiddler ( in grammar school she won the New Jersey State Orchestra Competition for first chair violinists). On Valentine's Day of 1993, the pair got married. Following their wedding , Ippy decided to put his wife and plans for a family first and he went back to school at Morris County college to complete his degree in horticulture. But the pair's shared love of music couldn't be ignored. Linda pushed Paul to return to making and performing music. " Music brought us together and I knew it would keep us together" Mrs. Ippolito said.

Paul began to find ways to incorporate Linda's fiddle playing into his rock'n roll and began writing songs for his wife to sing duet-style.

"We started playing cover songs at Open Mics and things like that" Mrs. Ippolito said. " But eventually we wanted to play our own music together."

And in 2000, Ippy and The Project was born. The Ippolito's already had a home recording system and all of the necessary instruments. The couple are the core of the group, but over time musician friends have joined them, giving the group a work in progress, or "Project" feel.

The Group fuses all the different genres of American rock'n roll: rock,countryblues, bluegrass,folk and pop, to make their original unique sound. Occasionally they do perform some carefully selected cover songs.

The band's first release, an EP called " Pockeful of Singles" was played on the radio and one of the songs," One Foot In Front of The Other," was featured on WDHA-FM's " Home Grown Spotlight show.

Last year they released their first full-length CD, " Come On Down", which they celebrated by holding a release party at the recently closed Cafe Arabica in Morristown. They have performed at the Autumn Lights Festival in West Milford, Pocono Arts Council's Visual and Performing Arts Festival in Stroudsburg, PA., and the Roseland County Fair, and were recently featured in The Folk Project's " Horses Sing None of It" television program.

Ippy and The Project is currently booked to perform monthly at the Dublin Pub in Morristown and various venues throughout the tri-state area.

What does the future hold for Ippy and The Project?

"We're gonna keep doing what we're doing---offer a wide palette of rock music with something for everyone," Ippy said. " I'm doing what I love with who I love... What else could I ask for?"

- Friday, November 7, 2008 , by Yvonne Lardizabal/Morristown Green Nightlife Correspondent


"Al Muzer Music Spotlight"

Originally posted September 29,2004 is a terrific review iof Ippy and The Project's EP ;'Pocketful of Singles. check www.myspace.com/ippyandtheproject for the full article.

- Al Muzer


"Local Band Will Move Your Soul !! Kathryn Davis Interview/Mt Olive Weekly/Hackettstown Weekly/Neighbor News"

Full article listed on www.myspace.com/ippyandtheproject.

- Kathryn Davis


"Ippy and The Project"

see www.myspace.com/ippyandtheproject for full review. - Tim Louie/North Jersey Notes@The Aquarian Weekly/ Review/Article


"Carl Worner Homegrown Radio Interview and Live Performance of Ippy and The Project !"

See www.myspace.com/ippyandtheproject for complete information - Home Grown Radio NJ


Discography

First EP ' Pocketful of Singles'.
Track ' One Foot in Front of The Other' was played on WDHA 105.5 FM Homegrown Spotlight, and the single 'Falling Down' was noted as an alt-country gem. The EP received good airplay and enjoyed good reviews.
Our latest CD ' Come On Down' received many good reviews in the newspapers, and we recently were interviewed on Home Grown Radio NJ, where we performed our music live from both albums. There is a podcast available from this event,go to our website for more info on this. www.myspace.com/ippyandtheproject

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Ippy and The Project formed in 2001 by Paul and Linda Ippolito;with original drummer Ron Shnur.We perform original rock and roll, mixing rock,countryblues,pop and folk, and Americana style music. We've also been called 'Old Timey'.. as of recent. Since 2001, the band has expanded, and has been working clubs, coffeehouses, and festivals;.headlining,opening for national acts,and playing on mutli-billed gigs. We have been enjoying favorable reviews and articles on our works,previously did an internet radio interview and live performance for HomeGrownRadioNJ in 2007;along with a preview of our new cd,'Come On Down'. Our band members are close friends,and we have come to anticipate the others musical movement in song and stage presence.This keeps us performing as a tight unit. In 2008, we have been interviewed by several local newspapers including The Star Ledger, Morris County Daily Record, and Morristown Green newspaper of NJ. We recently appeared and performed live on the television program " Horses Sing None Of It" which aired in 2008. Our first EP is 'Pocketful of Singles'. Our latest CD is called ' Come On Down'. We will be heading into the studio in 2009 to record our next album.