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Jazz Saxophone


University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

  • Master of Music, Major in Jazz Studies Performance: Saxophone,1992 Advanced studies in Jazz: Improvisation, History, Pedagogy, Conducting, Style Analysis, Combo, Big Band. Classical Saxophone, Music Theory.
  • Bachelor of Music, Major in Jazz Studies Performance: Saxophone, 1987


  • St. Francis High School, Mountainview, CA. (1994-95) Assistant band director. Co-director of St Francis High School Elementary Band Program.
  • McKinney Independent School District (1991-92) Saxophone Instruction: Individual and ensembles - Faubion Middle School and Caldwell Elementary School. (McKinney,Texas)
  • University of North Texas (1988-90) Teaching Fellow Jazz Studies: Conductor of 3 o' clock Lab Band (1989-90); created Tune Study Course (1990); Conductor of 8 o' clock Lab Band (1988-89) Saxophone: Private lessons in classical and Jazz repertoire (1988-90)
  • The Greenhill School (1987-88) Private Saxophone instruction with middle school students (Dallas,Texas)

    Over 25 years free-lance professional saxophone/woodwinds experience in: recording (on a variety of albums, demos, and jingles), jazz duos and trios, rock show bands, Broadway and Las Vegas type shows, big band jazz and society orchestras, funk, rhythm and blues, pop, etc., including 4 years' cruise ship experience as a sideman and then as conductor/bandleader. (1974-present)


  • Wichita Jazz Fest, 1990: 1st place, 3 o'clock Lab Band, Univ. of N. Texas (director) Univ. of North Texas, 1987-88:
  • Jazz Tenor Chair, 1 o'clock Lab Band
  • Notre Dame Jazz Festival, 1987: Outstanding Soloist Award (Jazz Tenor)
  • Univ of North Texas, 1989-90: Jazz Studies Rep. to Dean's Student Council
  • Member, Local 6, American Federation of Musicians (San Francisco)
  • Member, International Association of Jazz Educators California Music Educators Association Music Educators National Conference

    Currently, I teach 20 hours of private studio saxophone, flute and clarinet per week, as well as private woodwind lessons at Branson High School in Ross.

    Most recently, I have performed with: David Liebman, Steve Smith, Bob Berg, Tim Hagans, Donald Harrison, Rodney Holmes, Liza Minelli, Don Rickles, Barry Manilow, Keely Smith, Mary Wilson & The Supremes, Ron Hawking, The Temptations, Michael Feinstein, Hal Linden, The Four Freshman, Marvin Hamlisch, Frank Sinatra Jr., Robert Giaullme, Ray Charles, Marilyn McCoo, David Benoit, Crystal Gayle, Jack Sheldon, Rita Moreno, Cleo Laine & John Dankworth, Jesse Colin Young, Rich Little, The Four Tops, Barry White, Roberta Flack, Isaac Hayes, Joel Gray, Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Helen O'Connell, Marvin Stamm, James Moody, Gene Krupa Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians and many others. .

    I was Lead Alto with the Full Faith and Credit Jazz Orchestra. We performed concerts twice monthly and in recent years were featured at several festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival (Berkeley, CA). I'm Lead Alto with the Black Market Jazz Orchestra. We've co-sponsored a number of clinics at bay area high schools. For the last two years, I've been the Lead Alto saxophonist with a relatively new big band that goes by the name "CARMA" (Creative Artists and Musician's Alliance). Led by Mike Zilber, this band includes the absolute best and hottest jazz musician's in the bay area. This fall (99) we did a standing room only performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival. I expect we'll be one of the featured artists at the Fairfax Jazz Festival in September, 2000 with guest artist, John Handy. I continue (as always) to free-lance playing shows, private parties, corporate functions, clubs etc. Everything from classical, to jazz, to rock n roll.... While I still consider myself to be primarily a Tenor man, I own and play everything from sopranino to bass saxophone; piccolo, flute and alto flute, clarinet and bass clarinet.

    In January, 1994, I was involved in the recording of two Big Band CD's. Art Attack, a CD by the Black Market Jazz Orchestra, was reviewed by Steve Voce from "JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL". Look for a copy of the review here soon....

    During February of 1994, I was featured as a jazz tenor soloist with the Commanders: the Air Force's "Band in Blue", touring through Idaho and performing at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. I was also involved in the saxophone clinic at the festival. I also performed with the Commanders at the 1994 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. I briefly toured northern California with the Commanders in summer of 1995.

    During November of 1992, I did a sax clinic, an improvisation clinic, and performed as guest soloist at Santa Rosa Junior College , for Bennett Friedman. In April 1994, I performed, adjudicated, and presented a saxophone clinic at Dave Eschelman's Hayward Jazz Festival. In November, 1994 I adjudicated at the Foothill College Jazz Festival.

    January 13-15, 1995, I attended the IAJE (Int'l Assoc of Jazz Educators) convention in Anaheim.

    Demo tape is available, and the "Art Attack" CD is available through Tower Records.


    As sideman:

    Pete Peterson & The Collection Jazz Orchestra, STRAIGHT AHEAD (Fort Worth, TX. , 1986) Chase Music Group CMD-8020

    Univ of North Texas One o'clock Lab Band (Neil Slater, dir.), LAB 88, (Irving, TX. , May 14-15, 1988) NT Lab Band Recordings LA8801-NS

    Phares Corder Orchestra, REMINISCING WITH PHARES CORDER, (Dallas, TX. , May 1992) PCO 200

    Univ of North Texas One o'clock Lab Band (Neil Slater, dir.), THE BEST OF ONE O'CLOCK, (Irving, TX, May 14, 1988) 1992 Amazing Records AMZ-1027

    Black Market Jazz Orchestra, ART ATTACK, (Los Altos Hills CA. , Jan 17-18, 1994) Sea Breeze Records CDSB-2057

    Chet Smith Orchestra, BLUE CRESCENDO, (San Jose, CA. , April, 1994) CSO 3494 http://www.oocities.com:80/BourbonStreet/7981/Chu-Alto.html

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