Lenoir Sax is led by founding member, performer, and music historian Robert George on soprano saxophone. Jenny Lanier, a distinguished band director and performer, continues on her second season on the alto saxophone. Musician and former band director Patrick Young performs with us on tenor saxophone. And long-time member (20+ years), teacher, and performer Michael Myers continues performing on the baritone saxophone.
“The most consistent reeds we have ever played, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, we sound like a new Quartet.” – Robert George, Soprano Sax
“Consistency is the main thing every saxophonist needs, and when I reach for a Légère I know exactly what’s going to happen – every time. No more digging through a box of 10 reeds in the hopes of finding one or two usable ones. Each one is as good as the last, and I know that tomorrow’s will be the same. I also know that my Légère reeds can bend and flex to any style or tone with a flexibility unmatched by any other reed on the market. So, I no longer have to be so concerned with fighting against my setup; now it’s just about the music.” – Michael Myers, Baritone Sax
“It is great to play a reed that plays consistently throughout the entire range of the instrument.” - Jenny Lanier, Alto Sax
“I really like the consistency and the way they feel. They are very smooth, like reeds that I have already polished and prepared for long hours of playing.” – Patrick Young, Tenor Sax
Founded in 1992, Lenoir Sax has performed jazz and classical chamber music for diverse audiences throughout the Southeastern United States and they have traveled as far as Austria, where they represented the United States at the KaiserFest in Bad Ischl. In the words of the MountainXpress, "the ensemble crushes conventions and expands the usual sax quartet repertoire."
The group's newest recording, High Standards, pays homage to the Hollywood Sax Quartet with new arrangements of jazz standards by David Wilken-an amazing young composer/arranger based in Asheville, NC. Their other recordings include Wade in the Water, Fascinatin' Rhythms, Christmas… Classically Cool, and Nightcap as well as an appearance with Paul Weber and the Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir on the Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns Audio CD, volume 2 (Augsburg).
The performances of their music can be heard on public radio stations including WETS, WNCW, and WDAV in the US and in Scotland through NPR cultural exchange programming. Dave Carter, presenter of the StudioOne program on WETS-FM, said of the group, "talented individuals, each and every one. Nail me to the wall!"
Lenoir Sax appeared in the Raleigh Chamber Music series at the North Carolina Art Museum in a special program entitled "French Impressions" which featured the music of French composers highlighting the connection to the saxophone's French/Belgian heritage. They were also featured with the Loonis McGlohon Trio and the Asheville Symphony for the benefit concert "Summer Serenade" in the Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium of the Brevard Music Center which included film and television composer Bruce Broughton. Prior to that, the quartet earned the invitation to open for the North Carolina Symphony.
Dedicated to new music, Lenoir Sax has commissioned and premiered works by North Carolina composers J. Mark Scearce, James Gossler, Joseph T. Dorsch, Frank Graham Stewart, and David Wilken.
“By performing and programming quality music, we strive to bring the qualities of fine chamber music to the saxophone quartet. In many ways we are no different than a string quartet except that we have the flexibility and sonority of the saxophone's voice to present. We want to bring that uniqueness and refinement to all our audiences, whether we are performing jazz standards or baroque classics.”