Born: May 13, 1969 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Brent Gallaher is a Cincinnati, Ohio based saxophonist and has resided there since 1988. He is an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and was featured on their album Carnival of Life - 1994, Alissa Records. While attending the CCM, Brent took a brief hiatus to join the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He toured with the ensemble from 1991-1992 and can be heard on their album Here We Go Again - 1992 Victor. He returned to Cincinnati and the CCM in 1992 and in 1994 completed his Bachelors in Jazz Performance.
In November 1998, Brent was called to tour with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow. Brent was with the Dorsey band for just under a year. He returned to Dorsey in 2000 and was with them for an additional seven months.
Brent has since been working as a freelance musician, private instructor and clinician. Locally, Brent has performed with the Blue Wisp Big Band, Cohesion Jazz Ensemble, Cal Collins, the Phil DeGreg Trio, the Ron Enyard Trio, Wilbert Longmire, Ed Moss Society Jazz Orchestra, and the Psychoacoustic Orchestra. The Cohesion Jazz Ensemble and The Psychoacoustic Orchestra are featured on J-Curve’s Cincinnati Jazz Collection Vol. 1 (1998) with Brent as a member. Brent also recorded with the Psychoacoustic Orchestra on Blackstone's Hidden Treasures-Cincinnati's Tribute to King Records' Legacy (2003).
In August of 2003, Brent completed the recording of his first CD Vanessa's Song and it was released in March of 2004. This CD features the talents of Jim Connerley on piano, Jim Anderson on bass and Tony Franklin on drums. Brent recorded with Over the Rhine, in the fall of 2004, on their album Drunkard's Prayer-Virgin/Back Porch Records. He can also be heard on The Jazz Circle’s debut CD Joshua, which was released March of 2006.
March 2010 marked the release of Brent's second recording project titled Lightwave. This features the talents of Dan Karlsberg on piano, Steve Whipple on bass and Anthony Lee on drums.
Presently, Brent continues to freelance and can be heard with a wide variety of groups including the Vintage Keys Project, the Pete Wagner Orchestra, the Blue Wisp Big Band, the Art Gore Quartet, the Cincinnati Pops and the Kentucky Symphony.
Brent has been teaching the saxophone for 20+ yrs. He is currently teaching at Moeller Music Store in West Chester, OH. Average cost: $20 per half hour