The Adagio Sax Quartet, an ensemble of the Melbourne Municipal Band (MMB) will present, “Largo,” a spring concert, on Sunday, February
23 at 3:00 p.m. at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 106 N. Riverside Dr., Indialantic FL. The concert is free. A freewill donation of $10 is suggested.
The concert title is from the featured selection – the second movement of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, which he composed while director of the National Conservatory of Music of America from 1892 to 1895. Largo is filled with a hauntingly beautiful melody inspired by black spirituals. The melody would later become a spiritual of its own, Goin’ Home. The
quartet will also play other well-known classical pieces, along with music of the Great American Songbook.
“If the only sax you ever heard was a beginning student making honking sounds, you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise,” said Dave Hutson, founder of the group. “The sax can be raucous, bluesy, delicate and smooth. In the hands of skilled players, the instrument is quite remarkable. Some have compared the sound to a pipe organ. You’ll certainly enjoy the full, rich sounds of the
Adagio Sax Quartet.”
The quartet features some of the finest players in the area. Andrew Cleaver, on soprano sax, performs with many Melbourne-area groups, including the
Space Coast Big Band, the Space Coast Symphony and the Central Florida Winds, where he serves as president. He is also a board member for the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard. Cleaver spent 21 years in the U.S. Air Force, performing with numerous regional bands before joining the Air Force Airmen of Note and retiring from the Washington D.C. Band.
Najee Lee, on alto sax, is a Music Performance major at the University of Central Florida. He was a member of the Knights Saxophone Quartet. After graduation, Najee plans to teach in the Orlando area and hopes to inspire the next generation of musicians.
John Babb, on tenor sax, honked his first notes on a used sax at the age of 12. Before moving to Cocoa Beach, he lived in Atlanta where he played in the pit band of several theaters. Babb plays in Swingtime, the Milt Farrow Orchestra, and the Jazz Cats.
Dave Hutson, on baritone sax, plays sax and clarinet in the Melbourne Municipal Band, Swingtime, and New Horizons Band. He also sings and plays guitar in the Swingtimers Vocal Trio and the Rock & Roll Revue.
For more information about the Adagio Sax Quartet contact Hutson at
or call 321-501-3722.