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Sax quartet offers something for everyone
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Posted: 2014 Mar 28 - 06:38

By Amanda Hatfield Anderson

Staff Writer

INDIALANTIC -- A new, popular music group will host its second performance this weekend, sure to please music lovers of all ages and genres.

On Sunday, March 30, the Adagio Sax Quartet will host a free concert at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Indialantic, beginning at 3 p.m.

"There is no special theme, but our group's repertoire consists of music from 'The Great American Songbook,' a term used to denote the most important and most influential American popular songs of the 20th Century, as well as blues, Dixieland, rags and classical music," said Dave Hutson, ASQ founder and baritone sax player for the group.

In an interesting twist, the Adagio Sax Quartet is actually made up of five members, with the fifth being a percussionist. The other four members all play saxophone, thus the quartet.

Mr. Hutson is joined by Andrew Cleaver on first alto and soparono sax; Dave Melchor, who plays second alto; tenor saxophonist John Babb; and Johnie Rojas on percussion.

"It is unusual (to have a fifth member)? Sure," Mr. Hutson said. "But, the music that the group plays is arranged for four saxes. We added a percussionist to give some color to the sound."

Mr. Hutson added that the group considers itself a quartet with added percussion.

"For this performance, the group will play American pop songs 'Bill Bailey,' 'Stella by Starlight' and Gershwin's 'Summertime,' featuring our tenor player John Babb," Mr. Hutson said. "We have a clever arrangement of the Beatles' 'When I'm Sixty-Four' and a haunting version of 'Over the Rainbow.'"

In addition to the aforementioned pieces, Mr. Hutson said the ASQ enjoys playing classical pieces, and Sunday's performance will also feature Albeniz' "Tango Anduluz" and at least one Bach piece.

"During the break, the members of the quartet will be available to discuss saxophones and music, in general, with members of the audience, especially school-aged children," Mr. Hutson added.

Looking forward to its second solo performance, Mr. Hutson said he and the rest of the ASQ can't wait to bring its sound to Eastminster.

"It will be a great afternoon with music for everyone to enjoy," Mr. Hutson said.

The Adagio Sax Quartet will host a concert on Sunday, March 30 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Indialantic, beginning at 3 p.m.

Admission is free, with donations greatly accepted.

Eastminster Presbyterian Church is located at 106 N. Riverside Dr., Indialantic.

For more information, call (321) 501-3722 or email Dave Hutson at president@melbournemunicipalband.org.

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