Photo By Birdie Carter
Jay C. Easton is a unique multi-instrumental performer who is skilled
on an array of woodwind instruments from around the world and across
the centuries. He is one of the few musicians in the world to perform
on the entire saxophone family of instruments. Dr. Easton is the founder
of the Brass Dragon Saxophone Band, Northstar Saxophone Quartet, and
Crosswinds Duo. He has performed with the Seattle Symphony, San Diego
Symphony, Lyric Opera San Diego, Spectrum Quartet, numerous professional
musical theater productions, and many other large and small ensembles
in both professional and educational settings. His pioneering CD "So
Low" is the first album ever dedicated solely to the largest
saxophones, and his book-and-CD "Writing for Saxophones"
provide the first comprehensive guide to the complete range of the
saxophone family for composers and performers. His solo performances
feature rare and unusual reed instruments and their repertoire, with
special emphasis on the saxophone family and the lower reeds.
Easton has served on the music faculty at San Diego State University,
the University of San Diego, and the Bishops' School in La Jolla.
He has given over one hundred educational outreach concerts, Jay holds
a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance from the University
of Washington, and Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in
Woodwinds Performance from San Diego State University. He studied
with a wide range of performers including Michael Brockman, Kelley
Hart-Jenkins, Dennis Michel, Marian Liebowitz, Lewis Peterman, F.
Dane Teter, and Ernie DelFante, is a member of the American Federation
of Musicians, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary,
the North American Saxophone Alliance, the International Double Reed
Society, and was cofounder of the San Diego Saxophone Orchestra. Now
based in Seattle, Washington, Jay performs and records on more than
thirty woodwind instruments.
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