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Filadelfia Saxofone Fourtet
Michael Pedicin & The Ocean City Library present
The Filadelfia Saxofone Fourtet, featuring four virtuosic saxophonists and educators from the University of the Arts. The quartet will be performing the music of saxophonist/composer Ron Kerber.
Ron Kerber is one of Philadelphia’s first call musicians, with a career that has crossed genres and styles. He was formerly saxophonist, composer and producer for Blue Note recording artists “Pieces of a Dream”. He has also recorded with Jimmy Bruno, Phil Woods, Gerald Veasley, Jim Ridl, Melody Gardot, Patti LaBelle and Vanessa Williams among others. He has toured with Burt Bacharach, Rod Stewart and Diana Ross and performed with Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Ben Folds, Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, Tony Bennett, Lang Lang, Michael Buble, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin to name a few. Ron has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Opera Company of Philadelphia and The Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Royal Ballet, and The Russian National Orchestra, and performs with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. Ronis a professor at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has served on the Board of Trustees of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and as President of the Philadelphia Chapter. Ron plays RICO reeds exclusively.
Joe Vettori has performed as a saxophone and woodwind player for countless artists in the Philadelphia area as well as Atlantic City and Washington DC. He has performed with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Johnny Mathis, Harry Connick Jr., Liza Minnelli, Natalie Cole and Linda Ronstadt to name a few. He has also toured with Burt Bacharach and has recorded and performed in Washington DC on several TV specials including a CBS Special for President Clinton starring Barbara Streisand. He has also performed with the Philly Pops, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and The Opera Company of Philadelphia. Joe now plays for the Academy of Music Broadway Series as well as the Forrest and Merriam Theaters. He is currently the Director of Bands at La Salle College High School.
Chris Farr graduated from University of the Arts in 1995 and since then has been a highly sought after performer and educator. Chris is currently the head of the saxophone department at the University of the Arts. Chris is also a clinician and endorser of Eastman saxophones. Over the past 15 years has performed, toured and recorded with the likes of Elvis Costello, Jill Scott, Sting, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, The Roots, Teddy Pendergrass, Grover Washington, Gerald Veasley & Maynard Ferguson.
Mark Allen hails from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, but has lived and worked in the Philadelphia area for the last six years. Mark currently holds a Senior Lecturer position at the University of the Arts where he teaches saxophone performance and improvisation. He has had the privilege of studying with Joel Frahm, Ben Schachter, Chris Farr, and Ron Kerber. In addition to co-leading several ensembles, Mark is an active member of The Norman David Eleventet, the Captain Black Big Band, and several other Philadelphia/New York ensembles. He has shared the stage and/or recorded with with jazz luminaries such as George Garzone, Marcus Belgrave, Wycliffe Gordon, Dick Oatts, Orrin Evans, Frank Lacy, and Tim Hagans, among others. Mark is also active in the Philadelphia theater scene as a woodwind player, performing on saxophones, flutes, clarinets, and oboe.