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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.
Dr. 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.