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Wendell Hobbs

Introducing...... The Brandywine Valley Saxophone Quartet Do you enjoy listening to the sultry, sensual sound of the saxophone? Just imagine that feeling multiplied by four, and you will have an idea of what you will experience when you hear the Brandywine Saxophone Quartet. The concept of the saxophone quartet has been around for many years, originating in France in the early 20th century with Marcel Mule. The idea was to duplicate the sound of a string quartet with four saxophonists, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone. Through the years the saxophone quartet concept expanded into the jazz realm with recordings by the Hollywood Saxophone Quartet and the superb arrangements of Lennie Niehaus. The Brandywine Valley Saxophone Quartet is a group led by Saxophonist/Composer Wendell Hobbs. It began in 2012 as a rehearsal group that would meet once a month to read his compositions. The quartet is exclusively a jazz saxophone quartet, featuring the music of the bebop era of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. The group performs original compositions by Wendell and songs from the jazz repertoire by Benny Golson, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, as well as standards from the American Songbook, most notably George Gershwin. Says Wendell, “I write in a linear style and attempt to give every player an interesting line to play. Each composition is like a journey from beginning to end.” The result is a fascinating musical experience for both the listener and the musicians

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