Kathleen Mitchell, Soprano - John Bachalis, Alto
Warren Fioretti, Tenor - Jerry Nowak, Baritone
Welcome to The Philadelphia Saxophone Quartet's new website. We'll be adding new content in the days ahead. We also will include information concerning our recent CD and our performance schedule.
The quartet was formed in 1967 with Harold Karabell, Soprano; Bill Holcome, Alto; Norman Wells, Tenor; and Jerry Nowak, Baritone.
Harold, Bill and Norman were all full-time musicians working in the theaters in Philadelphia and playing recording sessions so we decided to take the Philadelphia name for our quartet. Frank Mazzeo joined the quartet for a few years on Alto after Harold died with Bill moving to Soprano. When Norman left the group, John Bachalis joined us on Tenor. When Frank left the group, John moved to Alto and Warren Fioretti joined us on Tenor with Jerry Nowak on baritone being the only origial member of the quertet.
Of the original players, Harold, Norman and Bill, who died in April of 2010, are deceased and the present quartet was reorganized in 2011 with Kathleen Mitchell as the quartet's Soprano player.
The quartet's repertoire includes classic, light classic, folk music and jazz arrangements incorporating many different styles and pieces from various historical periods.
The overall characteristic of the performing style of the quartet is pure expressive phrasing and attention to detail in the style and inflection of music being performed.
During the past few years the quartet has performed with many symphony orchestras on the east coast including the Rhode Island Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Buffalo Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Trenton Symphony, and the Stamford Symphony.
They also have frequently performed public school and college recitals, community concerts, recording sessions and clinic presentations.
They now have two CDs with Kathy on board and they contain a wide variety of styles including jazz, classical, light classical, folk and Broadway music.