November 26, 2011
Sax Life began in 1986 by saxophonist Bob Shaut, who wanted to write music for a saxophone quartet plus rhythm section. Joining Bob for the next 15 years were three of the most amazing saxophonists in the Hudson Valley: Ron Finck, Ed Summerlin, and Ed Xiques. Sax Life performed standards by Ellington, Monk, Parker, Brubeck as well as the Great American song book, skillfully arranged for the quartet by Shaut and performed at clubs, weddings, jazz festivals, and concerts.
With the deaths of Finck and Summerlin, and Shaut’s commitment to the Kingston High School band, Sax Life stopped performing.
Shaut retired from teaching in 2010, and is now bringing Sax Life back, and better than ever. Besides Bob, Ed Xiques is still on bari, Jim Perry on tenor and Dan Shaut on alto and tenor, to fill out the sax section. Charlie Kniceley, also an original member, is on bass. There will be a guest artist on drums. Several new compositions by Shaut will be performed in preparation for an upcoming recording session.
“Who ever imagines Shaut is merely the man who brings reason and balance to Sax Life loses that delusion the instant he leaps into a solo – it’s a Jeckyl and Hyde transformation of a musically beneficent kind…” –Kitty Montgomery
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