Miami Saxophone Quartet
Miami Saxophone Quartet
South Florida saxophonists Gary Keller, Gary Lindsay, Ed Calle, and Mike Brignola have created a contemporary sound unique among saxophone quartets. Led by the award winning writing of Lindsay and Calle, the group explores the realms of Jazz, Pop, Latin, R&B, and chamber music, performing both originals and their own arrangements of songs from a diverse array of musical legends, including John Coltrane, Paul Simon, Pat Metheny, James Taylor, Thad Jones, and Chucho Valdez. The quartet appears frequently with special guests such as Arturo Sandoval, Jon Secada, the Bergonzi String Quartet, Chuck Bergeron, Richard Bravo, and James Gasior. A testament to the flexibility and wide-ranging appeal of the saxophone, the quartet’s performances appeal to audiences of all ages and musical tastes.
Gary Keller, the founder of the Miami Saxophone Quartet, has toured/ recorded/performed with a wide diversity of jazz artists and ensembles including Woody Herman, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Dave Liebman, Ira Sullivan, Jaco Pastorius, Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Manny Album, Kenny Werner, Chico O’Farrill, Kenny Wheeler, Clare Fischer, and the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band. He has also performed/recorded with the Florida Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and the American Jazz Philharmonic. His debut CD “Blues For An Old New Age” on Double-time records has garnered critical praise, including a three and one half star award from prestigious Penguin Guide to Recorded Jazz. Gary currently teaches at the University of Miami, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1982, and has presented performances and master classes at clubs, music festivals, and educational institutions across the globe.
Gary Lindsay’s credits as a pop music arranger include Jose Feliciano, Gloria Estefan, Jaci Velasquez, Julio Iglesias, Christina Aguilera, Michael Bolton and many more. Jazz writing credits include the Maynard Ferguson Band, Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny, Arturo Sandoval, the Atlantean Driftwood Band, the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band and Studio Orchestra, as well as commissions for the US Air Force “Airmen of Note.” and an NEA grant in jazz composition. The Arturo Sandoval album “I Remember Clifford” garnered him a Grammy nomination in jazz arranging. As a performer Gary has appeared with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Henry Mancini, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Mathis, Mike and Randy Brecker, Arturo Sandoval, Jaco Pastorius and numerous others. He has performed as a featured jazz soloist with the Florida Philharmonic and the Naples Philharmonic. Lindsay is director of the studio/jazz writing program and DMA program in jazz composition at the University of Miami. His extensive writing for the quartet includes both original compositions and arrangements of pieces by prominent artists.
Two-time Latin Grammy nominee Ed Calle needs little introduction. One of the world’s top recording saxophonists, he has been featured on hundreds of recordings by today’s top artists in the Pop, Jazz, and Latin idioms. His credits include Frank Sinatra, Ricky Martin, and Lenny Kravitz, Gloria Estephan, and Arturo Sandoval, to name but a few. Calle’s solo albums include Nightgames (Epic), Double Talk (Sony), Sunset Harbor (Concord), Twilight (Concord), Ed Calle Plays Santana (Universal), In the Zone (Union), and I Wish It Would Snow on Christmas Day (Union).
Mike Brignola, one of the world's great baritone saxophone and bass clarinet players, has been a member of the Miami Saxophone Quartet since its inception in 1996. During his 25-year performing career he has played in a wide variety of musical settings as a jazz soloist, ensemble player, and recording artist. Mike played with jazz legend Woody Herman for the last seven years of Woody's career as a big band leader. Playing the same "chair" in Woody's "four brothers" sax section formerly occupied by the legendary Serge Chaloff, Mike was an integral part of Woody's 1980's "Herds," appearing on numerous concerts, festivals, recordings, and club gigs totaling over one thousand performances worldwide. During the past decade Mike has continued as the road manager and personnel director of the Woody Herman Orchestra. A resident of Fort Lauderdale Florida, Mike is active as a guest soloist, clinician, and educator.