I am starting to put together this year’s sax quartet repertoire for our gig at Ballard Locks. It’s a labor of love that I’ve been doing for at least ten years now. My wife Suzy, Molly and I have been in all the performances and this year Taylor will be joining us on tenor sax. Our group is called the Professor Gadget Sax Quartet.
We try to mix it up with selections from the pop, classical, and jazz genres. I must admit, I do have my favorite songs that seem to make the set list every year.
Besides the pure joy of playing with such stellar musicians, I have found that playing in a small ensemble improves both soloing and sectional work in other musical endeavors such as big bands and concert wind bands. In a group this size, you really have to be in tune and listen to all the parts to make it work. Everyone is a soloist.
If you attend the performance, you can expect to see anything from a soprillo to a bass sax. That’s a lot of hornage. We split our time with a flute choir and are surrounded by a park that includes a salmon run, an arboretum, and sometimes, vintage car shows.
Our show this year is at 2 PM, Saturday, July 1st as part of the Ballard Locks Outdoor Concert Series. Hope to see you there.