Another semester is winding down. Highlights were many, especially residencies by Christian McBride, Vince Mendoza, Bruce Hornsby, and the corresponding concerts. Wayne Escophery and Mike DiRubbo both stopped by to work with our saxophone and improv students, and we have Jim Snidero and Gary Smulyan lined up for next semester. There are a bunch of new you tube vids up, please take a look and subscribe to the channel! https://www.youtube.com/univmiamijazz
Frost has a milestone event coming up this March 7 - 8, when we will be honoring the (almost) 50 year contribution of Whit Sidener to the UM Studio Music and Jazz program. Complete info and updates can be found on the soon to be published Frost honors Whit Sidener webpage. We also have a facebook page and a giving page where anyone can donate to the Whit Sidener Legacy Fund. As of this writing it looks like we will host over 60 alum performers from all over the nation for a gala concert and reception in Whit's honor, with more signing up all the time.
Some of you may have heard that I was honored by my colleagues by being award this year's Frost Outstanding Faculty Award. I am humbled - it's a great honor, but make no mistake that what we do here is truly a group effort, and this extraordinary music faculty I have the privilege to work with for the past 32 years has everything to do with whatever level of success I (we) have achieved.
Please click the Miami Sax Quartet link above to find info on our upcoming performances at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach, the 2014 JEN Convention, and Jan 28th in UM Gusman Hall.
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Those of you who know me as a jazz saxophonist may be surprised to find me performing a "classical" concerto, but I enjoy the challenge from time to time. Recently I performed the original Villa Lobos Fantasia for Soprano Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra with the UM Frost Symphony (April 18th, 2009). This was one of very few performances of the piece exactly as written by Villa Lobos, in the original key (one step higher than the published version), and to the best of my knowledge the only one in the US. My thanks to Dale Underwood for his research into this piece and for loaning me his copy of the original score and parts, and to Thom Sleeper and the Frost Symphony Orchestra for the opportunity to debut the original version with orchestra. For program notes and a review of the performance click here. To view the video click here.
Click the link above for a recording of Gary Keller performing John William's escapes with the Frost Symphony. This recording was made live in concert at UM Frost Gusman concert hall as part of our annual Festival Miami. A great piece, and a great job by the UM Symphony.
Latest from the the Miami Saxophone Quartet:
Recorded live in concert, the quartet's latest album features new compositions and arrangements from Gary Lindsay, including Lost (and Found), Don't Look Back, Prelude-Invention-Suspension, and Sweet Bread, along with newly recorded versions of MSQ classics It's a Raggy Waltz and Early Autumn. Ed Calle contributes his unique and funky arrangement of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (must be heard!).
Guests on this CD include the usual suspects: Jim Gasior (piano), Chuck Bergeron (bass), John Yarling (drums). Our very special guests Brian Lynch (trumpet) and Svet Stoyanov (marimba and vibraphone) make their MSQ record debuts. Available at our favorite outlet, www.cdbaby.com and of course amazon.com, as well as iTunes and most other digital music outlets.
"The resulting large ensemble is fleet on their feet as they swing
through eight tunes; four are Lindsay originals complimenting
four freshly arranged classics. The solos are what make this one
sizzle and they are plentiful! You can feel the live energy on
Four of A Kind!" D. Oscar Groomes, O's Place Jazz Magazine
"Their music is intelligent, but intelligent doesn't’t mean sterile. It
doesn't’t mean stuffy. They can wail with the best of them."
Jack Goodstein, Blogcritics.org
Miami Sax Quartet at the 2010 Rochester Jazz Festival
Two sold out sets at the Montage Club! Look for the MSQ at more festivals this year... Link to photos
"The saxes are the drawing card here, and
they never fail to please, individually or
collectively... an album as persuasive as it is
stylish and engaging."
Fourtified features new arrangements and original compositions from Ed Calle (Dancing on a Cloud, Spunky) and Gary Lindsay (Dave Brubeck's It's a Raggy Waltz, Blue Rondo a la Turk, and Ron Miller's Seventh Sign). Also the Paquito De Rivera original, Wapango, and Gary Lindsay's Jazz Suite for Double Quartet, a joint work with the Bergonzi String Quartet. Also lending their talents to our latest effort are Chuck Bergeron, Jim Gasior, Richard Bravo, Dan Warner, Lee Levin, and Mike Harvey. Available for sale or download at our favorite retailer cdbaby, or as always, amazon, iTunes, or your favorite on-line music service.
Both Gary Keller and the Miami Saxophone Quartet are Conn-Selmer endorsed artists. This means added support for clinics/concerts. Contact Gary Keller for details.
The Miami Saxophone Quartet's third CD recording Midnight Rumba features the quartet joined by the inimitable Arturo Sandoval (trumpet/flugelhorn/piano) and singing sensation Jon Secada, who performs Ed Calle's arrangement of Jon's hit song "Angel." The all-star Latin percussion section of Lee Levin, Richard Bravo, and Luis Gonzales helps out on Calle's catchy songo "Rice and Beans." Gary Lindsay's arrangements of "A Night In Tunisia" and "Early Autumn" feature Arturo. and bassist Chuck Bergeron joins in on Dizzy Gillespie's "Con Alma." Also featured is Ed Calle's first original composition for the quartet, " The Iberia Suite," Gary Lindsay's soulful arrangement of James Taylor's "Benjamin," and Peter McGuiness' lush arrangement of "My Ship." Click here to BUY IT NOW. Complete info at www.miamisaxquartet.com.
All Miami Saxophone Quartet CD's are available on iTunes and most other digital distribution outlets. To purchase hard copies, please visit our favorite distributor, CDBaby. Gary Keller's recordings are available from the The Music Resource. Of course everything can also be purchased at Amazon.com.
Gary Keller plays Selmer saxophones, Fracas Louis reeds, and custom mouthpieces by Francois Louis, Ralph Morgan, and John Thomas.