VIRTUOSO SAXOPHONE CAPTURES THE ATTENTION OF RENAISSANCE MUSICIAN EDDIE DANIELS
(Published: October 17, 2011)
RS Berkeley is privileged and honored to welcome Eddie Daniels as the company's newest endorser. Eddie Daniels is that rarest of rare musicians who is not only equally at home in both jazz and classical music, but excels at both with breathtaking virtuosity. When asked about the Virtuoso Saxophone, Eddie mentioned, "I think this horn is terrific." As the latest musician to get behind RS Berkeley's Virtuoso Saxophone Series, Eddie adds an iconic presence to the company's endorser roster, that already includes a number of today's top contemporary and jazz musicians.
Eddie first came to the attention of the jazz audience as a tenor saxophonist with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra. When Thad and Mel first organized their band in 1966 to play Monday nights at the Village Vanguard in New York (where it still plays), Eddie was one of the first musicians they called. Later that year, he sank $400 in a round-trip flight to Vienna to enter the International Competition for Modern Jazz, a contest organized by the pianist Fredrich Gulda and sponsored by the city of Vienna, and won first prize on saxophone. He continued working with Thad and Mel over the next several years and toured Europe extensively with them.
Eddie Daniels is a virtuoso in both jazz and classical music, recipient of unreserved accolades from his peers, from critics, and from the public. Eddie's overriding ambition is to reach as many people as possible with his music, to enlarge the audience for both jazz and classical music and at the same time to tear down the walls separating them. In Eddie's hands, the music of Mozart can be as engaging as that of Charlie Parker and a concert featuring both can be a uniquely rewarding experience for the audience.
When asked about the addition of Eddie Daniels, RS Berkeley President, Les Silver, mentioned, "I think the smile on my face can sum it up. The halls of RS Berkeley seem to be a bit more jubilant today and we are certainly honored and humbled by Eddie's decision to play the Virtuoso. Today certainly marks a triumphant milestone for Virtuoso Saxophones in our quest to raise the bar in our industry."
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.
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