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Great American Composers

  • Michael's On East 1212 South East Avenue Sarasota, FL, 34239 (map)
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The Composers Who Helped
Create the “American Sound”

February 27, 2020
11:00 a.m. performance
12:15 p.m. luncheon
Michael’s On East ($49)

The Washington Saxophone Quartet
Reginald Jackson, soprano sax
James Steele, alto sax
Rich Kleinfeldt, tenor sax
Rick Parrell, baritone sax

Music by George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington and Leonard Bernstein

As past and present players in the elite “special” military bands of the nation’s capital, the members of the Washington Saxophone Quartet have performed thousands of concerts as soloists with various orchestras and military bands, as recitalists in concert halls and as performers with leading jazz and show business personalities. As an ensemble, they tour throughout the United States and have been heard regularly on Voice of America and on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” Known for their rich harmonies and refined sounds, the Quartet demonstrates the versatility of the saxophone, an instrument capable of the widest range of musical ideas. Their performances evoke the refined sounds of a string quartet, the rich harmonies of an organ prelude, and the excitement of a jazz sax section.

“The members of the Washington Saxophone Quartet serve notice to composers wishing to explore fresh chamber settings; they need look no further; the playing was expert!” – The Washington Post

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