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For the past 25 years as a professional musician, Saul has been exploring an extensive array of stylistic ground from jazz standards to Klezmer to the Avant-Garde. This broad range of interest has influenced his compositions and the overall musical direction of the quartet. Saul has performed with international artists including Jaki Byard, Steve Grossman, George Lewis and Barry Guy and has studied at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts (1979, 1983) with Dave Holland, Dave Liebman, Anthony Braxton, Kenny Wheeler and Albert Mangelsdorff. In Vancouver, Saul studied with Jack Stafford and Fraser MacPherson

In addition to the Saul Berson Quartet and trio, he currently performs with The Hard Rubber and Dal Richards Orchestras as well as the Jewish music band, Tzimmes. When not performing with these groups, Saul leads a busy career as a freelance musician. He has been a member of the AFM Local 145 since 1985.

 

CURRENTLY PERFORMING WITH:

  • Saul Berson Quartet
  • Saul Berson Trio
  • Hard Rubber Orchestra
  • Dal Richards Orchestra
  • Tzimmes
  • Caviar and Lace

 

RECORDINGS:

  • Saul Berson Quartet, Intricacy
  • Saul Berson Quartet, Not Here, Not Now
  • Saul Berson Quartet, From Here to Beyond
  • Saul Berson Trio, Seasonal Selections
  • Saul Berson Trio, Standards, A Selection
  • George Lewis, The Shadowgraph Series
  • N.O.W. Orchestra, Wowow
  • Rene Lussier and the N.O.W. Orchestra's Tour du Bloc
  • Celtic Works, Francois Houle etcetera
  • Miranda Brown, Songs from Inside Out
  • Dal Richards and Friends: One More Time
  • Dal Richards and Friends
  • Dal Richards - The Swinging Years
  • Dal Richards - A Tribute to the Crooners
  • Barry Guy and the N.O.W. Orchestra, Witchgong Game 11/10
  • Primal Orbit, Ignition
  • Jane Leroux, Jazz Vistas
  • Saul Berson Quartet, Mindless Matter (cassette)
  • Above Ground Quintet, Rushing to Wait (cassette)

INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCES:

  • Lisbon Jazz Festival, Portugal
  • Berlin Jazz Festival, Germany
  • Capetown, South Africa
  • San Sebastion, Spain
  • Tel Aviv/Jerusalem, Israel
  • Bimhaus, and de Isjbreker, Holland

PERFORMANCES IN THE USA:

  • Chicago Jazz Festival
  • Bumbershoot Festival of the Arts, Seattle.

PERFORMANCES IN CANADA:

  • Montreal Jazz Festival
  • Festival Musique Actuelle (Quebec)
  • Downtown Toronto Jazz festival
  • Guelph Jazz Festival
  • Pender Harbour Jazz Festival
  • Calgary Jazz Festival
  • Whistler Jazz Festival
  • Vancouver International Jazz Festivals
  • Vancouver Folk Music Festivals
  • Mission Folk Festival
  • Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival
  • Edmonton Jazz Festival

KEY PERFORMANCES WITH:

  • Oliver Lake
  • George Lewis
  • Marilyn Crispell
  • Marilyn Lerner
  • Barry Guy
  • Jaki Byard
  • Steve Grossman
  • Muhal Richard Abrams
  • Myra Melford
  • Pierre Tanguay
  • Paul Plimley
  • Paul Smoker
  • Phil Haynes
  • CBC Vancouver Orchestra
  • Hugh Fraser's Vancouver Jazz Orchestra
  • Claude Ranger's Jade Orchestra
  • Francois Houle Etcetera
  • Rene Lussier

MOVIE SOUNDTRACK CREDITS:

  • Remembrance of Love (starring Kirk Douglas and Pam Dawber)
  • What a Difference a Day Makes