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Rappahannock Concert Association 2018 - 2019 Artists

Washington Saxophone Quartet

WSaxQ is the most widely heard saxophone quartet in the United States. Since 1997, recorded arrangements by the Washington Saxophone Quartet have aired daily throughout the United States on NPR’s broadcasts of “All Things Considered.” Concert audiences enjoy their connection to WSaxQ when they discover they’ve been listening to the quartet’s music during afternoon “drive-time.” And it often comes as a surprise that they’ve been hearing four saxophones! The instruments evoke the refined sounds of a string quartet, the rich harmonies of an organ prelude, and the excitement of a jazz sax section. The ensemble taps into a rich repertoire, from early music to newly commissioned works, and draws on a wealth of experience to reach listeners of every age and background.

This concert is supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

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Duke Ellington Tribute

For more than three decades, drummer/singer/bandleader Brooks Tegler has been waging a one-man campaign to play, preserve and promote a generation of jazz about which he is obsessed: the period between the mid-30s and the end of the 50s — that golden era of big bands. Based in Washington, D.C., Tegler has managed to recruit a small army of sidemen (and women) whose day gigs often consist of playing in military jazz ensembles where reading and discipline translate into making the 17-piece Brooks Tegler Big Band a formidable organization.

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Shtrykov & Tanaka Duo

Comprised of two sensationally gifted and acclaimed virtuosi - clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov [pronounced: sh-TRY-koff] and pianist Misuzu Tanaka - the Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo has been heard throughout the U.S., garnering an impressive record of instant re-engagements. Clarinet and piano duos are still rare gems on the modern concert stage despite the immense repertoire. With its innovative programming, master classes, and recitals, the Duo makes it their mission to transform the superb instrumental combination from a rare occurrence to a welcomed guest in concert series across the globe.

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Capitol Focus Jazz Band

The Capital Focus Jazz Band (formerly known as the Federal Focus Jazz Band) is the Youth Learning Program of the Potomac River Jazz Club. Since 1988, this nationally acclaimed program has provided promising young musicians with a grounding in the fundamentals of jazz, as well as specialized training in the traditional New Orleans styles and their offshoots. The Capital Focus Jazz Band learning program was formed to continue the legacy of such giants of American music as Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Sidney Bechet, and Jack Teagarden.

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The Four Freshmen

The Four Freshmen are America’s most enduring vocal group. From the moment they step on stage The Four Freshmen will get your heart pounding and your feet moving, with pure energy and great songs from the past and present. The Four Freshmen deliver a world of music that will take listeners back to the bygone era of their youth while introducing others to a brand of vocal harmony entertainment unique to the legendary Four Freshmen. A Four Freshmen concert is one you will never forget!

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