From Baroque to Modern the Fairfax Saxophone Quartet is “Classi‑Jazz.” The FSQ demonstrates the amazing versatility of the saxophone by performing a wide variety of musical styles, including traditional French saxophone music, timeless arrangements of classical favorites, Broadway hits, Ragtime, contemporary arrangements of popular music, Latin and Jazz. The FSQ plays year‑round as “Ambassadors of Good Will” for the highly acclaimed City of Fairfax Band.
Now in our thirty-third year, the FSQ has performed for audiences throughout the Washington, D.C. area, and even beyond. Engagements have included: a 2001 Inauguration Day appearance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage; the Kennedy Center Annual Fall Open House gala; 32nd , 36th , and 38th International Saxophone Symposium; Barnes and Nobel Book stores; City of Alexandria “Lunch Bunch” and “Holiday” concerts; City of Fairfax Veterans Memorial Amphitheater Summer Concert series, the Fairfax Fall Festival and “Spotlight on the Arts” at the Old Town Hall and Sherwood Center in Fairfax City; Fairfax County Park Authority “Summer in the Park” series; the Freshman Center of George Mason University; the Herndon Train Station Town Hall Square; the Old Post Office Pavilion and Dupont Circle Festival of Music and Garden in Washington, D.C.; the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria; the Virginia Municipal League Conference at Tysons II; the Filene Center at Wolf Trap; Our Daily Bread “Empty Bowls” Charity; area retirement and care centers; and as featured soloists with the City of Fairfax Band.
The FSQ has premiered sixteen new works or arrangements for the saxophone quartet, including: Amazing Grace, Pachelbel’s Dilemma, Sonatina for Saxophone Quartet, ‘Till You Come Back Home, Twelve-Tone Prelude and Fugue, and Turkey In The Woodshed by Michael Frank Francis; Pachelbel’s Canon in D, Rachmaninoff’s Prelude Op.3 No. 2, and A.J. Weidt’s Dat Yam Rag, arranged by Michael Frank Francis; Elegy for Saxophone Quartet by Nick M. Mavrakis and arranged by Michael Frank Francis; Suite for Saxophone Quartet by David Berkenbilt; Double Fugue In C Major by Lee Larsen; and A Day at the Park by David M. Rubenstein; In addition, over ninety pieces of various composers have been arranged for the FSQ by our own James Francis.
They include: Gottschalk’s Morte!, Danza, Souvenir De Porto Rico, and Suis Moi! Caprice; Gershwin’s Lullaby; Danza Espanola No. 6 by Enrique Granados; The Bells of St. Genevieve by Marin Marais; Quintet in Eb Major, K.452 for Piano and Saxophone Quartet by Mozart; Quintet in Eb Major , Op. 16 for Piano and Saxophone Quartet by Beethoven, and Quintet in Bb Major for Piano and Saxophone Quartet by Rimsky-Korsakov; The Visions of America String Quartets by Martin Yates – L.A. Beach Music, New York Night Music, ‘Frisco Bay Music, and Nashville – Tennessee. A current project of Mr. Francis is to arrange all of Mozart’s string quartets for saxophone quartet – ten have already been premiered. Soon to be premiered are the Mozart String Quartet in G Major, K,387, dedicated to Haydn, and Images by Rob Landes.
The FSQ members include: James Francis, Soprano Saxophone – founder and leader of the FSQ; Joy Quinn-Whalen, Alto Saxophone; Brian Cole, Tenor Saxophone; Dan Hurlow, Baritone Saxophone.
for booking information please contact Jim Francis at email@example.com
leader James Francis, Soprano Saxophone; Joy Quinn-Whalen, Alto Saxophone; Brian Cole, Tenor Saxophone; and Dan Hurlow, Baritone Saxophone
Join the Fairfax Saxophone Quartet (FSQ) as part of the City of Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts 2018, as we present a program we call, “Mostly Jazz.” Among the many selections, you will hear music of Erroll Garner, Rick Hirsch, Bill Holcombe, Pedro Iturralde, Mark Watkins, and more. Featuring pianist Aphrodite Mitsopoulou from Athens, Greece. The concert is free, as is parking at the Sherwood Community Read More
An evening of All-American music by Aaron Copeland, Paul Creston, Alfred Reed and John Williams, plus a tribute to Stephen Foster featuring the Fairfax Saxophone Quartet. Tickets are $15 and parking is free. Read More
Join the Fairfax Saxophone Quartet as we play our “Dinner Delights” concert on Friday, June 1 at 7:00 PM. We will be playing at the Fairfax Town Plaza on North Street. The concert is free and parking is free in the adjoining parking garage. Make plans to eat at one of the fine restaurants as you listen to the concert. Read More