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NASA 2018 Biennial Conference Presenter — Jeffrey Benedict

Mark your calendars now to join us March 8-11, 2018 for the NASA 2018 Biennial Conference at University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio.
James Bunte — Host
— Conference Program Committee Chair
— NASA Director of Marketing


Saxophone Player

Click here for the overall Conference Schedule. NOTE: The closing concert is on Sunday, March 13, at 3:00 PM in Hemmle Recital Hall. We hope you will make plans to be with us for this special performance.

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Name: Jeffrey Benedict
Website: http://marooncreekmusic.com
Presentation Date: Friday, March 11, 2016 2:00 PM
Presentation Venue: Band Hall
Presentation Title: Orion Saxophone Quartet and Friends
Type of Presentation: Professional Jazz Performance
Proposal Duration: 30
Bio: Jeff Benedict is currently a Professor Emeritus of Music at the Califoirnia State University, Los Angeles. He holds a B.M. and an M.A. from the Lamont School of Music and a D.M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a student of Harvey Pittel. He is in demand as a classical recitalist and clinician and performs regularly with the Orion Saxophone Quartet. He has appeared frequently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He is an accomplished jazz performer as well, currently performing in the L.A. area with a jazz quartet featuring guitarist Dave Askren. The Dave Askren/Jeff Benedict Quartet has recently released a CD entitled "It's All About the Groove" with John Belzaguy and Ramon Banda. He has recently formed the Jeff Benedict Big Big Band, which has released a CD "Holmes" on the Tapestry Records label.
Ensemble Bio: The Orion Saxophone Quartet was established in 1989 by Jeff Benedict and Charles Richard, both recent products of Harvey Pittel's saxophone studio at the University of Texas. Staunch devotees of Pittel's rich, expansive tone, they wanted to form a group based in Los Angeles that would play in the same bold and unapologetic manner. Ken Foerch, a former member of the U.S. Marine Band, and Adrian Williams, a product of Richard's own studio, proved to be the perfect match in tone quality and musical concept. It is the aspiration of the Orion Quartet to perform a diverse array of music in a manner true to the composer's intent and the style of the era while also exploiting the full tonal and expressive range of Adolphe Sax's grand invention. With a repertoire spanning five centuries, the Orion Saxophone Quartet demonstrates a perpetually robust sonority and superb command of the melodic line.

Other Performers / Participants

Name Instrument Bio
Jeffrey Benedict Saxophone Jeff Benedict is a Professor Emeritus of Music at the Califoirnia State University, Los Angeles. He . . .
Charlie Richard Saxophone CHARLIE RICHARD is a frequent performer in the Los Angeles area. He has appeared with the Redlands S . . .
Adrian Williams Saxophone ADRIAN WILLIAMS joined the Orion Saxophone Quartet in 1994. A student of Charlie Richard at Riversid . . .
Ken Foerch Saxophone KEN FOERCH is the most recent addition to the Orion Saxophone Quartet. After receiving his MM degree . . .
Jeff Ellwood Saxophone Jeff Ellwood is the Director of Instrumental Jazz Studies at Mt. San AntonioCollege. He received his . . .
Dave Askren guitar Dave Askren has performed with a variety of jazz/latin jazz/instrumentalartists, including Bob Moses . . .
Rick Shaw bass Rick Shaw spent three seasons with the Sacramento Symphony before attending Eastman School of M . . .
Paul Romaine drums Paul Romaine felt drawn to music from the depth of his being throughout his childhood. He began . . .

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Delta City Blues Michael Brecker 615
Cheek to Cheek Irving Berlin 6
Randi Phil Woods 6
High Clouds Ettore Stratta 5