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Music: Thimble Islands Saxophone Quartet plays Sat., Nov. 30

The Thimble Islands Saxophone Quartet plays Best Video Performance Space this Saturday, Nov. 30. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $10.

The Thimble Islands Saxophone Quartet features music from Baroque to Contemporary, including music from the Jazz, Broadway, Rock and Popular idioms. This eclectic repertoire includes works from the chamber music, symphonic, choral and vocal traditions.

Frank Vasi, tenor saxophonist, is an award winning composer and the founder of the Thimble Islands Saxophone Quartet. He graduated from the Mannes College of Music in NYC where he received a BM in Performance and Education, studying saxophone and clarinet with Joseph Allard and Frank Socolow and composition with Fred Werle and David Loeb. As a New York freelance musician and teacher in the late 70’s and 80’s, Frank also performed with his own jazz ensemble, The Frank Vasi Quartet and as a side man with such jazz greats as Benny Goodman, Doc Cheatum and Joe Jones.

Tim Moran, soprano saxophone,is widely acclaimed as an innovative jazz musician on saxophone, flute, and clarinet. He has performed in Europe, Japan and throughout the United States and Canada. In collaboration with percussionist Tony Vacca, he has released 5 CD’s, including “Dance Beneath the Diamond Sky” on Columbia Records. He has backed up such artists as Ella Fitzgerald and Gerry Mulligan. He keeps very busy in pit orchestras for the national touring companies of Broadway musicals.

Baritone saxophonist Skyler Hagner is a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance. While at Temple he studied under Ben Schachter, Tim Warfield, and Norman David. Under Dr. David’s influence, Skyler began composing and arranging. Passion for composing lead Skyler to score the 2015 production of the play “For Colored Girls” in Philadelphia, a series of works for jazz ensemble with a speaker, as well as the creation of the Skyler Hagner Quintet and Octet. Skyler is currently an adjunct professor of woodwinds at the University of New Haven and maintains a busy performance schedule.

Will Cleary , alto saxophone, hails from Houston, Texas, where he began his jazz studies at the Summer Jazz Workshop and Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He then obtained his Bachelor of Music degree at the Oberlin Conservatory, studying with Gary Bartz, Robin Eubanks, and Dan Wall. He received his Master of Music degree in 2010 from the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Walt Weiskopf and Bill Dobbins, and was the recipient of the Raymond and Maxine Schirmer Prize in Jazz Performance. Mr. Cleary has performed with Slide Hampton, Chuck Mangione, Conrad Herwig, Marvin Stamm, Marcus Belgrave, Charles McPherson, Kim Waters, Bob Sneider, Dave Glasser, and Pat LaBarbera.

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