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The Clazzical Saxophone Quartet
THE CLAZZICAL SAXOPHONE QUARTET
Left to Right: Scott Steven Merritt, Bill Keil, Timothy Pletcher, and William Murray, Jr.

THE CLAZZICAL SAXOPHONE QUARTET IS NOW ON MYSPACE.COM

We now have our own site on MySpace.com. Visit us at www.myspace.com/clazzicalsaxophonequartet and be sure to sample our music and also add us as your "friend."

 

ABOUT THE CLAZZICAL SAXOPHONE QUARTET

The Clazzical Saxophone Quartet was formed in 1998 with the intention of performing serious and challenging music while exposing audiences to the diversity and elegance of the saxophone. The cross-over of classical and jazz styles and the sultry, rich expressions of the tenor, alto, soprano, and baritone saxophones creates a unique musical experience that will surprise and excite the listener.

The four saxophonists, Bill, Scott, Tim, and William perform a wide repertoire of compositions that span 300 years. The composers - Handel, Bach, Teleman, Monk, L. Niehaus, S. Nestico, and the quartet's own compositions, enable the listener to distinguish the different musical sounds through time.

It is our hope that the fusion of intricate harmonies, and the articulate instrumentation of four saxophones, will captivate your hearing and enlighten your being.

The quartet is available for social and corporate functions, weddings, church and holiday services, and educational workshops. We will accomodate your event.

 

MEET THE MEMBERS

Bill Keil Bill Keil - Alto and Soprano Saxes
Bill earned a BA in Jazz Performance at North Texas State University, and was working on a Masters Degree from Trenton State College. Bill has performed with Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, the North Texas State One O’clock Band, Lyle Mays, Eguardo Cintron, the Phil Giordano Big Band, and the Richie Cole Alto Madness Band. He has studied with Joe Allard, Rich Mattison, Rule Beasley, Jim Riggs, Terry Steele, and Angelo DiMattius. Bill founded the Bill Keil Big Band, the Clazzical Saxophone Quartet, the Creative Music Workshop, and was co-founder of the Willingboro Jazz Festival and Eastwind Jazz Ensemble. Bill has taught in the Willingboro school system, Burlington County College, and both Orange Coast College and Rio Honda Junior College in California. Bill plays a 140,000 Series Mark VI Selmer Alto with a Selmer C* mouthpiece worked on by Frank Wells of Chicago. Bill also plays a Yanagisawa Soprano with a hard rubber Otto Link.
 
Scott Steven Merritt Scott Steven Merritt - Baritone Sax and Bass Clarinet
Scott studied with tenor great Buddy Savitt. Also studied harmony, theory, and arranging with Dr. David King. Receives constant inspiration from Tim Price. Scott has performed with the Stylistics, the Manhattans, the Blue Notes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Millie Jackson, Connie Stevens, Neil Sedaka, the Skyliners, Wolfman Jack, Lou Christie, and Leslie Gore. Scott has also performed locally with Don’t Call Me Francis, Thriller (Featuring Tom Pizzi), the Big Push Band, the Deacon Strong Band, and the Urban Groove Project (www.urbangrooveproject.com). He is the leader of the New Millenium Jazz Orchestra and co-leader of the Clazzical Saxophone Quartet. Scott plays a Super Action 80 Baritone with a Selmer 80-F mouthpiece and #3 Rico Select Jazz Reeds. Scott also plays a Noblet Bass Clarinet with a Med Open Brillhart mouthpiece and 2˝ reeds.
 
Timothy Pletcher Tim Pletcher - Alto Sax
Tim is an original member of the quartet since its inception in 1999. A graduate of Willingboro High School, Tim has studied with Dave Misek, Richard Gigger, and Bill Keil. He is a member of the Burlington County Musicians Local 336 concert and jazz band. Tim is employed as a research scientist at the Sarnoff Corporation in Princeton, NJ where he is the inventor on 30 current and pending US patents. He lives in Eastampton, NJ with his wife and three children. Tim plays a Mark VI Alto with Selmer Goldtone with #3 Rico Royal Reeds.
 
William Murray Jr. William Murray Jr. - Tenor Sax
Bill earned a BA in Jazz Performance at Howard University and a Master of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from Regis University. He has performed with The Louie Bellson Big Band, the Lionel Hampton Big Band, Tony Bennett, Eguardo Cintron, The New York Voices, Randy Brecker and many others. Bill also was the Lead Alto / Musical Director of the Air Force’s Premier Jazz Ensemble for 23 years. Bill plays a Cannonball tenor with a custom RPC tenor mouthpiece. He also plays flute, clarinet and piccolo.

 

SAMPLE PROGRAM

These sound clips were recorded several years ago and feature Bill Keil on Soprano and Alto Saxes, Timothy Pletcher on Alto Sax, Cedric Calloway on Tenor Sax, and Scott Steven Merritt on Baritone Sax.

The Star Spangled Banner
Stars and Stripes Forever
Blue Monk
Have You Met Miss Jones
Menuet in G
Quartet for Saxophone
The Best of Times
Gospel Truth
Angels We Have Heard on High
Cantique de Noel
We Three Kings
Lafiya
Fascinating Rhythm
More Than You Know
Night in Tunusia
Patterns
Shadows
Round Midnight

 

REVIEWS

"The finely tuned and perfectly syncopated foursome grooved side by side while the crowd seemed to fall under the trance of the quartet's offering of Dizzy Gillespie's Night in Tunisia.
Sheldon L. Sneed, Courier-Post Newspaper

"The elegance which you showed with your tuxedos and music was a hit with everyone."
Betsy Baumhauer, First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield

"I personally and thoroughly enjoyed the Thelonious Monk piece."
Clif Anderson, St. Luke Luthern Church of Willingboro

"The harmonious sound created by the four saxophones is something very special."
Al Mkitarian, Music Lover

"I am sure anyone who attends a Clazzical concert will enjoy themselves immensely."
Pamela Scott, Council President, Borough of Palmyra

"The Clazzical Saxophone Quartet was a tremendous addition to our Lunchtime Jazz Program. Our students learned a great deal from their performance."
Tom O'Donnell, Director of Student Development, Richard Stockton College of NJ

"Bill Keil does a thorough job in discussing the instruments and introducing the varied musical pieces of the program. An enjoyable hour exploring the varied sounds from an instrument not normally featured. The family of the saxophone is more complex than we imagine!"
Dr. Walter E. Haworth, Burlington Township Community Arts Foundation

"It is my pleasure to have gotten to know and perform on concerts with Bill Keil and the Clazzical Saxophone Quartet. They are all wonderful saxophone players in their own right and together they have created one of the finest saxophone ensembles anywhere. Whether jazz or classical, and if you like the saxophone, you'll love the Clazzical Saxophone Quartet."
Richie Cole, Trenton, NJ, Alto Madness

"It's so refreshing and inspirational to favor your ears, listen to the devoted ability and concentrated effort that enhances the conception, projection, alacrity, and talent needed to produce the musical genis of the Clazzical Saxophone Quartet. It's unique exposing the different sounds of the saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone) in such a pleasing manner. I pay special tribute to Bill Keil and each member of the quartet for such a treasured endeavor - a real plethora of musical dexterity!"
Leon "Zach" Zachery, Saxophonist

"I am constantly amazed and appreciative of the quality and versatility of these fine musicians. They always make me proud to be a saxophonist."
Julian Pressley, Saxophonist

"Man o man! What can I say? A beautiful bunch of guys, a beautiful bunch of charts equals the Clazzical Saxophone Quartet! Whenever I can, I'm there to check 'em out! Don't miss this musical treat!"
Bootsie Barnes, Saxophonist

"I had the pleasure of witnessing four individually talented saxophonists, who uniquely come together demonstrating various jazz, blues, gospel, and classical innovations. Their performances are exciting, educational, and above all beautifully accomplished."
George Nardello

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sunday, March 29, 2009
Jazz Vespers
First Presbyterian Church
Pitman, NJ
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The Clazzical Saxophone Quartet is available
for your next function.
Call Bill Keil at (609) 877-1542.

 

PICTURES

Sunday, July 20, 2008
David S. Broido Memorial Park
Willingboro, NJ

Saturday, November 17, 2007
Cherry Hill Mall
Cherry Hill, NJ

Saturday, April 21, 2007
Cathedral Arts Series at Trinity
Trenton, NJ

Sunday, May 14, 2006
Mount Laurel Public Library
Mount Laurel, NJ

Thursday, November 17, 2005
Moorestown Mall
Moorestown, NJ

Friday, November 11, 2005
Moorestown Mall
Moorestown, NJ

Sunday, January 16, 2005
Jazz Vespers
Old Pine Street Church
Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, December 5, 2004
Jazz Vespers
First Presbyterian Church
Haddonfield, NJ

Thursday, October 7, 2004
Collingswood Senior Community Center
Collingswood, NJ

Tuesday, September 16, 2003
A.F.M. Local 336 100th Anniversary
Burlington, NJ

Saturday, September 6, 2003
Jazz Fest, Burlington, NJ

Saturday, August 2, 2003
Mt. Holly Bicycle Race, Mt. Holly, NJ

Sunday, December 1, 2002
Jazz Vespers
First Presbyterian Church
Haddonfield, NJ

Saturday, August 24, 2002
Jazz Fest, Burlington, NJ

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Clazzical Saxophone Quartet
7 Rambler Court
Willingboro, NJ 08046

Bill Keil:  (609) 877-1542  Email: mathiaskeil [at] yahoo [dot] com
Scott Merritt:  (215) 743-8230  Email: hornman054 [at] aol [dot] com
Tim Pletcher:  (609) 265-9785  Email: pletch23 [at] comcast [dot] net

Webmaster: Mark Fletcher  Email: markfletcher [at] spamcop [dot] net

 

LINKS

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS

A.F.M. LOCAL 336

A.F.M. LOCAL 336 100TH ANNIVERSARY PICTURES

BURLINGTON RIVERFRONT JAZZ FESTIVAL

CATHEDRAL ARTS SERIES AT TRINITY

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