Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet - Members


Thursday, January 18th, 2018 4:42 PM

Charley Gerard

Charley Gerard is the director of the BRSQ. He is a composer, saxophonist, editor (Gerard & Sarzin Pub.) and author of books on Latin music and jazz.  
Awards and grants
Cultural Arts Council of Houston Artist-In-Residence, Meet the Composer,
ASCAP Standard Awards, Outstanding Academic Title 1998 Choice Magazine for Jazz In Black and White, Finalist in the category “Best Research in Recorded Folk and Ethnic Music” 2002 Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) for Music From Cuba

Assorted reviews
“Brilliant music by Gerard.” Dance Magazine (1976)
“Saxophonist Charley Gerard is a gifted composer in his own right, as anyone present at neighboring St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church’s Halloween concert might remember. That concert premiered Gerard’s piece The Headless Horseman, a jazzy, galloping romp of fun fright, and definitely one of that evening’s highlights.” Brooklyn Eagle 12/03/2009
The world premiere of “Dvorak Jazz Dances” by Charley Gerard: 
"The audience didn't just like it, they whooped, yelped, bravoed each selection and each extraordinary musician of Washington Musica Viva: Carl Banner (piano), James King (bass), Syberen van Munster (guitar), and Lenny Robinson (drums)....After the Czech Embassy standing ovation, one audience member summed it up: “This music makes me feel it’s good to be alive.”

Performances of his own music
Juilliard School of Music, Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2005 tour of Bürgenland, Austria with the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet, Czech Embassy Mutual Inspirations Festival, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Houston Festival and many churches and libraries. Performers the musical theatre group Golden Fleece, Ltd., the alto saxophone and viola duo The Irrelevants, Eight Strings and a Whistle (flute, viola and cello), Washington Square Winds, the chamber ensemble Washington Musica Viva, The One World Symphony and the orchestra of the Conductors Institute at Bard College 
Teaching experience
Rutgers University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: courses in jazz, the music of New Orleans, early rock ’n’ roll, Latin music and songwriting
United Federation of Teachers Si Beagle Learning Center: Courses in jazz and Latin music
Columbia University (NYC). Instructor for Music Appreciation
High School for the Performing and Visual arts (Houston, TX). Composition instructor

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 4:43 PM

Jenny Hill

Jenny Hill, saxophonist and flautist, composer and arranger, has a diverse resume that includes jazz, reggae, and global music. Interested  in combining jazz harmonies with funky rhythms from the northeast of Brazil and West Africa, she leads her own group, Liquid Horn, as well as touring with the Easy Star All Stars, Denis Leary and the Enablers, and playing in various projects such as the Ed Palermo Frank Zappa Big Band.  She has produced 3 CDs under her own name, The Chill Factor, Liquid Horn, and Planet Sax. 
Bill Milkowski of Jazz Times calls her “an accomplished composer-arranger and first-rate soloist, with some bold playing on tenor, soprano and flute.  Highly recommended.”
A resident of NYC, she has toured, performed, and/or recorded with Denis Leary, Govt. Mule, Mike Gordon of Phish, Bernie Worrell, DJ Logic, Eumir Deodato, Corey Glover, Daniel Ponce, and MC Solaar, and reggae greats such as Maxi Priest, Dennis Brown, Toots and the Maytals, and Burning Spear.  Jenny also performed with Nancy Wilson, Dianne Schuur, Clark Terry, Dave Brubeck, Joe Williams, and Cab Calloway while a member of the DIVA jazz orchestra. Recently she was teaching Brazilian-jazz ensemble at the international CIVEBRA session in Brasilia, Brazil. For more info, see
Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 10:18 PM

Dimitri Moderbacher

Dimitri was born in San Francisco, CA and raised in Graz, Austria. Dimitri started playing saxophone at age 16, studied music at California State University Northridge and completed his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at William Paterson University in 1996.
Since moving to New York City in 1998, Dimitri has performed at The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard, Smalls, Fat Cat, The 55 Bar, Cornelia Street Cafe, The Knitting Factory, Symphony Space, The Atlanta Jazz Festival, The Late Show with David Letterman and other places. He has also performed abroad at the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, the World Creole Music Festival in Dominique, Festival Mizik Jakmel in Haiti, Le Zenith in Paris, and Jazz Im Sägewerk in Austria.
He has toured with such notable performers as Aretha Franklin, Tabou Combo, Todd Rundgren, Norah Jones, Jerry Lewis, Pyeng Threadgill, Angela Ortiz and Max Pollack & Rumba Tap. 
Dimitri's debut CD, Close To My Heart, showcases his unique compositional style and melodic sensibility. Recorded live at SoHo's Kavehaz in February 2002, this remarkable CD features seven original compositions. Close To My Heart draws on the talent of German guitarist Sandra Hempel, bassist Phil Palombi and drummer Jason Wildman. -