A great find at the Silverton Wine and Jazz Festival

They say if you have nothing good to say, then don’t say anything. So apart from saying that the Silverton Wine and Jazz Festival had one silver lining, I shall not speak of the festival any more. That silver lining was an all female saxophone ensemble called the Quadraphonnes. Their music was enticing, exciting and sometimes as sexy as New Orleans music can get.

The ensemble was composed of 4 saxophones (Mary-Sue Tobin, Michelle Medlar, Mieke Bruggeman-Smith and Chelsea Luker), plus a rhythm section made up of percussion and base (Ward Griffiths and Leah Hinchcliff). They played everything from classics, with more than a bit of a personal twist, to some music composed by themselves for themselves. One piece they played – sorry I did not get the name of the piece – was quite inspiring and if I do work out what it was called, or if I can find a clip of it, I will update this blog.

Portland is home base for them, and they are all gifted musicians and teachers. Their website, which you can view here contains clips of several of their tracks, says that they perform at Duff’s Garage on the 1st Mondays of the month, so I just may be going to hear more of their music. They will also be performing for free in the Portland Concert’s in the Park series this year. July 15th from 6:30 to 8:30.

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