|Washington Saxaphone Quartet
Hometown: Washington, DC
Web site: http://www.wsaxq.com
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WSaxQ is the most widely heard saxophone quartet in the United States. Since 1997, recorded arrangements by the Washington Saxophone Quartet have aired daily throughout the United States on National Public Radio's broadcasts of "All Things Considered". Concert audiences enjoy their connection to WSaxQ when they discover they've been listening to the quartet's music during afternoon "drive time". And it often comes as a surprise that they've been hearing four saxophones! The instruments evoke the refined sounds of a string quartet, the rich harmonies of an organ prelude, and the excitement of a jazz sax section.
For nearly 35 years WSaxQ has performed recitals, informal concerts, and master classes in the United States, the Caribbean, and China, and they have performed on radio and television worldwide. The ensemble taps into a rich repertoire, from early music to newly commissioned works, and it draws on a wealth of experience to reach listeners of every age and background.
WSaxQ's "To China and Bach" CD highlights music from their 1995 and 1997 China tours. The group's second recording is "Daydream". WSaxQ records on the Americus label. Their third CD, " Different Times, Different Places", is a collection of performances over the past decade.