Primary Instrument: Band/ensemble/orchestra
The Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet is the work of a group of saxophonists who link together disparate styles and present the results with artistry and joy. The BRSQ has been likened to the Kronos String Quartet because of their eclectic repertoire and accessibility. The Broken Reeders have a variety of thematically based programs and they keep coming up with new ones. So far, there are: Jazz and Swing in which the members of the BRSQ demonstrate their virtuosity and imagination as jazz improvisers; Four Seasons, Four Saxes, New Four-Casts, Charley Gerard's re-creation of the Vivaldi classic; Sixties Rock n' Roll Reconfigured featuring recompositions of songs by Carole King and the Beach Boys; Gumbo Sax, a celebration of New Orleans music from Jelly Roll Morton to rhythm n' blues; Music of Alec Wilder for Saxophone Quartet and More. and Comic Book Characters--music inspired by Superman, Peanuts, Archie and others.
--Dr. Sherrie Maricle, Drummer, Director of Education, New York Pops Orchestra; Leader of Diva Jazz Orchestra.