Thanks to everyone who came out to hear the Miami Sax Quartet in Dec/Jan at Gables Open Stage and Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium. We trust a good time was had by all!
Next up is Monday February 2nd at UM Gusman Hall. The Frost Faculty Jazz Septet will be playing the music of professor emeritus Ron Miller at 8PM. Besides myself the group features fellow faculty members Brian Lynch (tp,) Dante Luciani (tb), John Hart (gt), Martin Bejerano (p) Chuck Bergeron (b), and John Yarling (d). Those of you who know or have played Ron's music will appreciate this, those of you yet to be initiated please stop by and check it out!
The year of transition continues at Frost as we look forward to moving into the new studio office building in a the next few weeks. My studio will be complete with a drum set and a view of San Amaro ave. - what more to ask for?
Memorable concerts this past fall by the Concert Jazz Band, the Sudio Jazz Band, and the Mancini Orchestra, teaming up with guests Patti Austin and Maria Schneider, as well as fantasic performances by the Guitar Summit, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ignacio Berroa. We were also happy to receive a short notice visit by the great Cyrus Chestnut, Ralph Peterson, and our very own Curtis Lundy. This semester we have saxophonist Dave Binney,and the great Kenny Barron giving residencies, as well as short stopovers by a number of prominant professionals.
I am proud to announce that I was voted into the Buffalo (my home town) Music Hall of Fame, the induction took place in early October. More at the BMHOF website. It's an illustrious group of performers,composers, educators, and influential figures in the music and recording business going back many years. Member musicians include Harold Arlen, Frankie Dunlop, Phil DiRe, Joel DiBartolo, Joe Ford, Mel Lewis, Don Menza, Bobby Millitello, Sam Noto, Bobby Previte, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Spiro Gyra, Take 6, Al Tinney, and Grover Washinton Jr.
This past summer was a whirlwinds, with my first trip to Africa, for the IASJ summer meeting at the University of Cape Town and the Standard Bank National Jazz Festival in Grahamstown. I performed with the "Cape Town Saxophone Quartet" playing some music from the MSQ repertoire and other originals, and also in the festival all-star big band, backing up vocalist Tutu Puoane. She's amazing - definitely worth checking out the recording "Mama Africa" she did with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra. Frost was impressively represented at the IASJ summer workshop in Cape Town by Neil Carson, Nick Hetko, and Ben Tiberio. Needless to say I met many, many great south African musicains - the trip was certainly a transformative experience!
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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.