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 quartet has been artists-in-residence
at San Jose State University since 2005. 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
, 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 saxophoneDale Wolford has been hailed by critics nationwide for his “great sound and phrasing…the melodic lines soulfully tear at your heartstrings.” (Saxophone Journal), "fresh and expressive, with genuine impulses of feeling." (San Francisco Chronicle) With pianist Ivan Rosenblum, as the Wolford/Rosenblum Duo, Dale has premiered many new works. The Duo has released two compact discs, including Laughter and Tears—A Jewish Saga on the Centaur label. He has also performed with Philip Glass, the Morosco Saxophone Quartet, the San Francisco Saxophone Quartet, the Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra as well as the San Francisco and San Jose Symphonies. Dale is currently on the faculty of San Jose State University and the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Kevin Stewart - alto saxophoneKevin 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 Orchestra under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
David Henderson - tenor saxophoneDavid 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 saxophoneAaron Lington received his BM in music education from the University of Houston, Moores School of Music, and his MM and DMA from the University of North Texas, where he studied with James Riggs. Dr. Lington was a member of the world-renowned 1 O'Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas for three years. He has performed with and/or composed for several well-known artists including Maynard Ferguson, the Count Basie Orchestra, Bo Diddley, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez, and the Temptations. Dr. Lington has performed throughout the United States and Europe, and gave a series of jazz concerts in the Czech Republic in March 2002. As a classical soloist, he has performed with the Grinnell College Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Eric McIntyre, and has premiered new works for saxophone at the North American Saxophone Alliance convention in March 2002 and at the World Saxophone Congress in July 2003. Recently, Dr. Lington was recognized in the 55th Annual Downbeat Magazine's Critics Poll as a "Rising Star" in the Baritone Saxophone category. Aaron Lington is a saxophone performing artist for Rico Reeds.