Michael Brecker Competition & Summer 2019

MBISC:

I am very happy to share with you that I am one of the eight semi-finalists in the Michael Brecker International Saxophone Competition. This is a great honor for me and I look forward to traveling to Israel in the summer to compete against the seven other saxophonists. In the mean time, lots of practicing to do.  I’d like to thank god, my family, friends and all of my teachers over the years that have helped me get to this point.  It’s a surreal feeling. Continue reading “Michael Brecker Competition & Summer 2019”

Nathan Bellott Trio to Perform in Berks County, PA

Hello,

I am very excited for this upcoming concert with a new project featuring Mariel BildstenSimón Willson and myself. We will be performing this Friday 1/11/2019  in West Lawn, PA at the Yocum Institute for Arts Education. The concert will feature my arrangements of some classic jazz repertoire as well as originals and perhaps a few surprises. It has been a rewarding challenge to rework the music for this ensemble of saxophone/clarinet, trombone and bass (in many instances reduced from a big band conception.) We will try to capture and feature the depth and beauty of each instrument in this context. More info and tickets below.   Continue reading “Nathan Bellott Trio to Perform in Berks County, PA”

June 2018: Recording, Teaching Wrap-up, Shows

And just like that, summer is upon us.  After a busy spring of teaching, recording and performing, I’m looking forward to a relaxed summer where I can get a good amount of practicing and writing done.

Performance Highlights: 

Evan Sherman Big Band:  Played a few shows with Evan at the Django in TriBeCa for Duke Ellington’s birthday as well as a really fun pop-up big band in Washington Square Park.  Looking forward to more with this excellent ensemble.

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April 2018

Time flies!  Spring is here and things are moving with great speed.

Performance Highlights:

In early March I had the pleasure of playing at Turtle Bay Music School’s annual benefit dinner and fundraiser.  Joining me for the event were bassist Dean Torrey and the wonderful pianist Eden Ladin.

In mid-March I participated in Turtle Bay’s Artist Series concert, where every month the school features a different member or members of the faculty in a feature performance.  The concert we put on was a first of its kind, a New Music festival.  The audiences at TBMS are more attuned to the classics, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, etc.   So I, along with cellist Chris Irvine and guitarist Jay Sorce (and his ensemble, Hypercube), devised an evening of 20th and 21st century music (both written and improvisatory).  I performed Luciano Berio’s Sequenza IXb for alto saxophone as well as an improvisation for Continue reading “April 2018”