NEW HUDSON SAXOPHONE QUARTET
Paul Cohen, soprano saxophone
Avi Goldrosen, alto saxophone
David Demsey, tenor saxophone
Tim Ruedeman, baritone saxophone
Formed in 1987, the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet is dedicated to performing and expanding the American repertoire for saxophone quartet. Of the NHSQ Fanfare Magazine writes, “The perfection of the ensemble they have achieved is astonishing. In matters of intonation, phrasing, articulation, and interpretive insight they equal the finest of our currently performing string quartets.” The NHSQ repertoire ranges from newly commissioned works by Robert Kyr, Robert Sirota, David Noon, Elias Tanenbaum and Dexter Morrill to classic American works for saxophone quartet by composers such as Elliot Carter, Lukas Foss, and Alec Wilder to classic Hollywood Sax Quartet versions of popular song standards. The members of the Quartet all are veteran chamber musicians and accomplished soloists, with credits that include the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Absolute Ensemble, the Kirov and Juilliard Orchestras, as well as jazz musicians Clark Terry, James Moody, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Milt Hinton. In 2006 Naxos released the world première recording of Flagello’s Concerto Sinfonico performed by the NHSQ and the Rutgers University Orchestra led by Kynan Johns. The NHSQ is active in expanding the saxophone quartet repertoire, and has commissioned and given premières of over thirty new works by established and emerging composers.
Paul Cohen, NHSQ soprano saxophonist, is the founding director of the NHSQ. He has appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Charleston, Richmond and New Jersey, the Group for Contemporary Music, the New York Solisti and the Philharmonia Virtuosi. He has also performed with a broad range of orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera, New Jersey Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Group for Contemporary Music, Charleston Symphony, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. He has recorded three albums with the Cleveland Symphonic Winds led by Frederick Fennell, a Villa Lobos CD with the Quintet of the Americas, and CDs with the Philharmonia Virtuosi, Paul Winter Consort, North-South Consonance and the New Sousa Band. His many solo orchestra performances include works of Ibert, Debussy, Creston, Glazunov, Amram, Loeffler, Husa, Martin, Dahl, Villa-Lobos, Still, Cowell, Higdon and Tomasi. Dr Cohen is currently on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, NYU, Montclair State University, Rutgers University, and the conservatories of Queens and Brooklyn Colleges.
Avi Goldrosen, NHSQ alto saxophonist, performs with several orchestras in the NYC region, including the Plainfield Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Livingston, Charleston Symphony, New Jersey Pops, Rutgers, and Juilliard orchestras, and has performed under the conductors Lawrence Leighton Smith, Richard Auldon Clark, Sabin Pautza, Mark Gould, David Briskin, and Randell Berh. His chamber music playing includes performances with the New Juilliard Ensemble, New Jersey Saxophone Ensemble, and recent tours with the New York Theater Ballet. Avi Goldrosen performs regularly with the Saxophone Sinfonia, and is a member of the Garden State Symphonic Band.
David Demsey, NHSQ tenor saxophonist, is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic since 1995, including their 2000 Millennium European Tour and 1997 Latin American Tour, led by André Previn, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Bobby McFerrin, Yuri Temirkanov and Kurt Masur, with the Kirov Orchestra led by Valery Gergiev, and with the Metropolitan Opera conducted by James Levine. As a jazz performer, he has appeared with such diverse artists as trumpeter Clark Terry, bassists Milt Hinton and Rufus Reid, pianists Mulgrew Miller, James Williams and Jim McNeely, drummers Alan Dawson, Steve Smith and John Riley, and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. Dr Demsey is also an active author. His “Improvisation and Concepts of Virtuosity” is the final essay in the Oxford Companion to Jazz. He has published the transcription book John Coltrane Plays “Giant Steps” (Hal Leonard), and has written two books on composer Alec Wilder. He is a Contributing Editor for Saxophone Journal and is a Selmer Saxophone Clinician.
Tim Ruedeman, NHSQ baritone saxophonist, has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Lincoln Center Festival, Long Island Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Bridgeport Symphony, Bang On A Can, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Absolute Ensemble, S.E.M. Ensemble, and Merce Cunningham Dance Company. A committed performer of new music, he has given the premières of over sixty pieces and is a member of the new-music ensemble, Flexible Music. Equally at home in jazz and popular music Tim has toured and performed with rock legends The Cars, Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Denny Laine of Wings, the Walkmen, and has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman. He can be heard on recordings with Absolute Ensemble, Flexible Music, and The Walkmen. Dr Ruedeman is currently on faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, NYU, Long Island University, William Paterson University, and Montclair State University. The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, “Tim Ruedeman’s saxophone solos were the evening’s tour de force. He proved the extreme virtuosity required for playing slowly and softly, and the intricacy of holding a tone.”