The Premiere Saxophone Quartet is an exciting chamber ensemble that is actively encouraging composers to write new works for the saxophone quartet. Since their founding in 2005 they have premiered several new works written for the quartet, including Laura Karpman’s “Take Four” for saxophone quartet and chamber orchestra, and French composer, Lucie Robert-Diessel’s “Issos” for saxophone quartet and piano which you will find on this “premiere” recording by the quartet. The PSQ regularly collaborates with other musicians, including the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and pianist Victoria DiMaggio-Lington.

The members, Dale Wolford-soprano sax, Kevin Stewart-alto sax, David Henderson-tenor sax, and Aaron Lington-baritone sax; are all San Francisco Bay Area freelance musicians, performing in a wide variety of settings including the San Francisco Symphony, Ballet and Opera, Symphony Silicon Valley, Opera San Jose, George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch Orchestra, as well as more commercial groups like the Temptations, Chaka Khan and others.

The PSQ performs extensively in numerous capacities, including recitals, educational concerts and residencies, formal affairs, and collaborative endeavors. Please contact us for more information.

Dale Wolford - soprano saxophone

Dale Wolford (soprano saxophone) Dale Wolford has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra in San Francisco as well as on tour in Copenhagen, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. He is also currently a member of the Wolford/Rosenblum Duo with whom he has three solo recordings. In addition he has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, San Francisco Opera and Sun Valley orchestras, Philip Glass, the Morosco Saxophone Quartet, the San Francisco Saxophone Quartet, the Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra. He is on the faculty of San Jose State University. He has also taught at the University of California at Berkeley, California State University, East Bay, California State University, Stanislaus, and Chabot College. Dale is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Kevin Stewart - alto saxophone

Kevin Stewart hails from the greater metropolitan area of Detroit. Upon graduating from the University of Michigan, where he received a Bachelor of Woodwind Performance, Kevin headed West and settled in the Bay Area, hooking up with the San Francisco Saxophone Quartet, the Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra, and most recently with the South American Jazz group Quinteto. Kevin has maintained an active solo career, performing with the New American Chamber Orchestra, The Renaissance Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Detroit Civic Orchestra, Adrian Symphony, Rochester Symphony, University of Michigan Wind Ensemble, and with renowned Big Band Drummer J.C. Heard. Kevin has also had the esteemed privilege to play with Chanticleer, the Temptations, the American Ballet Orchestra, the American Conservatory Theater, Penn & Teller, Chaka Khan, and has been seen recently at Carnegie Hall with the San Francisco Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.

David Henderson - tenor saxophone

David Henderson was born and raised in Harford City, Indiana and currently resides in Pittsburg, CA. He has degrees from the University of Michigan, the Juilliard School and a first prize in saxophone from the Conservatoire de Bordeaux. His saxophone teachers include Larry Teal, Donald Sinta, Joe Allard and Jean-Marie Londeix. He gave his Carnegie Recital Hall solo debut in 1980 as a winner of the East and West Artists competition. He has played with the San Francisco Symphony, Ballet, and Opera and is tenor saxophonist with the San Francisco Saxophone Quartet.

Aaron Lington - baritone saxophone

Grammy Award-winning baritone saxophonist and composer Aaron Joseph Lington (b. 1974) received his BM in music education from the University of Houston, Moores School of Music, and both his MM in jazz studies and DMA in saxophone performance from the University of North Texas where he studied with James Riggs. His performing and compositional credits include collaborations with the University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band, the San Francisco Symphony, Maynard Ferguson, the BBC Radio Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, Bo Diddley, Joe Lovano, Jamie Davis, Tommy Igoe, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, and many others. In addition, he has won awards for both his playing and writing from Downbeat Magazine, ASCAP, and was the 2003 recipient of the Sammy Nestico Award. He was named the 2011 “Jazz Educator of the Year” by the California Music Educators Association, and has been recognized multiple times in the both the Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll and Reader’s Poll. The San José Mercury News praises Dr. Lington’s playing as “revelatory…he obviously relishes the beautiful, blustery bark of his instrument…” and that he possesses a “…finely honed melodic sensibility…” Josh Davies from the International Trumpet Guild states that Lington “...[shows] a true command of his instrument with a very studied and soulful essence.” Cadence magazine declares “Lington and compatriots come up with a wonderful and totally American jazz sound, [resulting in] a solid mainstream set based on some sweet melodic improvisation.”

In addition to his position as professor at San José State University where he serves as Coordinator of Jazz Studies, Dr. Lington is also a member of the faculty at the Texas Music Festival Jazz Institute, hosted by the University of Houston. Aaron Lington is a Saxophone Performing Artist for Selmer Saxophones and is a D’Addario Performing Artist and performs exclusively on Rico Reeds.