Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet - Members
Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 4:42 PM
Charley Gerard is the director of the BRSQ. He is a composer, saxophonist, editor (Gerard & Sarzin Pub. www.gandspub.com) and author of books on Latin music and jazz. Reviews of Charley Gerard’s music: “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
World premiere of Dvorak-inspired jazz piece wows at Czech Embassy
September 22, 2011
The world premiere of “Dvorak Jazz Dances” at the Czech Embassy last night proved that the classical composer's still very cool and hot in his 170th year -- celebrated throughout Washington in the Dvorak “Mutual Inspirations Festival.”
The imaginative, inventive, witty jazz piece, using Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances as a brilliant starting point, epitomizes the “Mutual Inspirations” theme of the festival that began on the Czech composer’s 170th birthday September 8 and ends on October 28, 2011, Czech National Day.
Local composer/alto saxophonist Charley Gerard created 11 dynamic and rhythmically compelling short jazz works based on Dvorak’s most famous dances, set to blues, African, Latin, even calypso and minuet rhythms.
Their titles are “silly puns,” Gerard commented, playing off the sounds of Antonin Dvorak’s name and nickname “Shack”: “Divorce Shack,” “Afrolantonin,” Calypslovonic,” "Like Sonny, Like Coltrane, Like Dvorak."
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).
"Dvorak Jazz Dances" will be performed again free at Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on October 5 at 6 PM. An audio visual recording will be posted later on www.kennedy-center.org.
After the Czech Embassy standing ovation, one audience member summed it up: “This music makes me feel it’s good to be alive.”
Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 4:43 PM
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 www.JennyHillJazz.com
Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 10:18 PM
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. - www.DimitriModerbacher.com