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Charles Donald Gerard

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I am the director of the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet. The artistry and talent of the individual members of the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet have been heard during appearances at the Juilliard School, the Blue Note Jazz Club, the Kennedy Center and jazz festivals around the globe, performing with Aretha Franklin, Norah Jones, the Diva Big Band and Washington Musica Viva. They have received rave reviews from the Washington Post and Saxophone Journal. As a group, the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet has performed in NY, CT, NJ, MD and toured the Burgenland region of Austria. Their music has been broadcast on TV and radio. The group was chosen by Lincoln Center Institute to be included in their Emblem Series of NYC area school performances for 2012-3. They launched a successful Kickstarter campaign in December, 2013 to fund a live recording of George Handy's New York Suite and a Pledge Music campaign in 2014 to fund Charley Gerard’s Songs of Love and Passion. Their music is on the soundtrack for the movie "Teacher of the Year" starring Keegan-Michael Key of the comedy team Key and Peele.

I have chosen to compose, arrange, and perform music that is tonal, rhythmically vital, and dramatically effective. I do not consider my music to be following in a particular jazz tradition. While 21st century jazz often puts off the uninitiated listener with its complex harmonies and rhythms and rough tonal palette, I hope my listeners can fit right into my unique musical world and enjoy themselves. That is why I prefer to call my music alt-jazz (alternative jazz). I hope to avoid confusing the listener with unclear textures and amorphousness and extensive improvisations. Instead, I want to grip my listeners as if they are following a well-paced play, amuse them with unexpected comedic touches and excite them with dynamic instrumental shifts. - Charley Gerard

Lucid Culture: "Devious, Witty, Swinging Tunefulness from the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet"