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(Published: August 09, 2011)

Summer is the warmest of the seasons and RS Berkeley is bringing the heat with the additions of new company endorsers, Deborah Lee, Eddie Allen, Gary Thomas and Glenn Zottola.

Vortex Tribe's elegant and regal leader, Deborah Lee, thrills crowds with her spirited fluting and commanding presence. Deborah's classical talents earned her featured performances at the Brandenburgh Hall in Vienna, Austria, for Austria's President, and a solo at Carnegie Hall. Deborah attended the University of Northern Colorado, on full scholarship, as one of the youngest students to be accepted into the Music Performance Program. Deborah has performed with symphony orchestras worldwide, musical theater, ballet orchestras, chamber ensembles, solo performance and symphonic bands. Deborah tours and performs with Jon Mulvey and Stuart Hamm of Joe Satriani and Prairie Prince from The Tubes. She will now have the RS Berkeley Volaré flute in the studio, recording her flamenco guitar / flute duet music with Due Cuori, featuring the music of Jon Mulvey, and will include Tony Levin on bass and Jerry Marotta both of Peter Gabriel fame on the recordings.

Trumpeter, composer, arranger and author Eddie Allen is one of the more versatile musicians on the New York scene. He's called upon to play everything from jazz (big band as well as small ensembles) to R&B/Pop to Latin to symphonic to Broadway, and everything in between. Since his arrival on the New York scene he's worked with such jazz greats as; Art Blakey, Billy Harper, Randy Weston, Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Threadgill, Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis, Benny Carter, Panama Francis, Joe Henderson and Steve Turre. He's currently leading a quartet, a quintet, a Latin/Brasilian project and a large ensemble which brings together acoustic and electric/electronic instruments. He also leads a big band which not only plays his compositions and arrangements, but also the music of such jazz greats as Jimmy Heath, Bobby Watson, Muhal Richard Abrams and Rufus Reid as they come to lead the band. Eddie Allen continues to work as a freelance musician and clinician with his new RS Berkeley trumpet.

Internationally-known tenor saxophonist, flutist and educator, Gary Thomas has traveled the globe as both a leader and a sideman. His performance and recording credits have placed Gary alongside the likes of Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jim Hall, Dave Holland, Wynton Marsalis, David Sanborn, Joe Lovano, Geri Allen, Joshua Redman, Bobby McFerrin, Sam Rivers, Vanessa Williams, Betty Carter, George Benson, McCoy Tyner, Randy Brecker and Ravi Coltrane among others. Currently the Director and Chair of Jazz Studies at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Thomas is the first African-American degree program director at the conservatory.

Glenn Zottola is an American jazz trumpeter and saxophonist known for his work with Lionel Hampton, the Benny Goodman Sextet and Bob Wilber, and has played for a broad range of vocalists, particularly Mel Tormé, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Williams. He has recorded over 30 albums, performed at major jazz festivals throughout the world, and was a featured soloist at Benny Goodman's Carnegie Hall 50th Anniversary in 1988. In 1995, Zottola was Band Leader on the Suzanne Somers daytime TV Talk Show at Universal Studios.

Company President, Les Silver talked about the addition of the new endorsers, stating, "we continue to raise the bar in our industry by creating innovative, dependable and affordable instruments. The additions of well respected music veterans such as Deborah, Eddie, Gary and Glenn help solidify our place amongst the top brands in musical instrument manufacturing. We are honored to welcome them to our family."

Since 2002, RS Berkeley has offered the most complete and innovative selection of brass, woodwind and string instruments and accessories. Generations of musicians trust RS Berkeley to provide instruments that maximize their playing ability and improve the clarity, intonation and sound of their instruments. Additional information can be found by visiting our website at rsberkeley.com.


More Information: http://www.rsberkeley.com

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