We are in mid semester full swing mode (no pun intended). My student's work is piling up, concerts galore (Patti Austin, Maria Schneider, Guitar Summit, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba are all here on campus this week). I'm also playing the tenor sax part for Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet for 12 shows with the Miami City Ballet and preparing for a trip to Brazil over Thanksgiving break. The MSQ will be guests for the Navy Band 2015 International Saxophone Symposium, performing with the Commodores this January, etc, etc.. Take a peak at the upcoming shows to see it all in one place.
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. There 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 transformitive experience!
We are looking forword to the 2014-2015 school year and the debut of our new building this spring. Hard to believe that a new studio office building is finally happening after talking about it for over 30 years. This fall Maria Schneider and Dawn Upshaw will be headlining Festival Miami, along with The Clayton Brothers and the Frost CJB. It was great to watch Maria work with a Norweigan Band she brought to South Africa this past summer and revisit her music from the Romances and Coming About CD's.
2013-14 highlights at FSOM have been many, including multi day residencies and concerts by Christian McBride, Vince Mendoza, Bruce Hornsby, Jeff Tain Watts, Fred Hersch, Dafnis Prieto, and visits by Maria Schneider, Dave Liebman, Mike DiRubbo, Jeff Ballard, The EJ Strickland Quintet, Wayne Escophery, Jim Snidero, Christian Howes, Jack Wilkins, and Steve Johns. I'm sure I'm missing a few... Also amazing concerts with the Mancini Orchestra, including a recreation of Gil Evans' Porgy and Bess and Miles Ahead, featuring our very own Terrence Blanchard and Brian Lynch.
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Frost had a milestone event this past March 7 - 8, when we will be honored the 45+ year contribution of Whit Sidener to the UM Studio Music and Jazz program. Alums form far and wide were in town for a concert and reception to honor Whit. We are in the process of producing videos of this amazing concert!
You can still stay updated at the Frost honors Whit Sidener web page
Also looking forward to my first trip to Africa this summer, as a contingent from Frost visits the University of Cape Town for the annual IASJ summer meeting/workshop June 21-27. I will also be staying on to perform at the Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown, SA July 3-7. See the upcoming performances link for the latest.
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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."
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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.
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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.