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Private Lessons with Saul Berson

 

BACKGROUND/ EXPERIENCE

Saul teaches privately as well as giving master classes/clinics at elementary and high schools throughout Greater Vancouver.

  • 25 years experience teaching music to students of all ages, from 5-75
  • Beginners to advanced students
  • Coordinates music programs for senior citizens at Neighbourhood Houses in Vancouver
  • Northwest Music Clinician
  • Woodwind (sax, flute, clarinet) clinician in elementary and high schools, including:
  • Prince of Wales, Vancouver
  • Vancouver College, Vancouver
  • West Point Grey Academy
  • Corpus Christie, Vancouver
  • Lord Nelson School, Vancouver
  • Immaculate Conception, Delta
  • Zion Lutheran School, Surrey
  • Armstrong Elementary, Burnaby
  • Clinton Elementary, Burnaby
  • Mulgrave School, West Vancouver
  • St. Pius Elementary School, North Vancouver
  • Kwayquitlam Middle School, Coquitlam 
  • Glen Elementary School, Coquitlam
  • Nestor Elementary School, Coquitlam


 


Contact Saul for rates and bookings.
 

For further information:

Saul Berson Music

1203 - 8825 Hudson Street

Vancouver, BC V6P 4M9

 

Phone: 604-831-3167

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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
 

Next up, the Saul Berson Quartet play Frankie's Jazz Club on Thursday, Nov. 8th at 8pm

Reservations: https://www.coastaljazz.ca/event/saul-berson-quartet-3/

Energetic and upbeat music from the Swing era was a great antidote to the grim realities of the Second World War. The Saul Berson Quartet will play an eclectic mix of songs for the libraries of Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern, Jule Styne, and George Gershwin.
Saul Berson is a native of Vancouver whose burnished tone has made him one Vancouver’s most sought-after alto saxophone players. He has performed throughout Canada, Europe, the Mid-east, and South Africa releasing 5 CDs in the process. With Nick Peck piano, Steve Holy bass, and Bernie Arai, drums.

Check out these videos of the Saul Berson Quartet live at Frankie's Jazz Club in Vancouver:

Preview:                       https://youtu.be/RmVhis2Jufw

"Willow Weep For Me"    https://youtu.be/s6eZXkDxwmM

"Fragile Reality"             https://youtu.be/Z8jv4YaiRWo

"Halcyon"                     https://youtu.be/ySIGxaIjdmQ

"Just Do It"                  https://youtu.be/nqqgTWnA3_4

 


 

 

 

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I offer a number of great musical options of the highest professional quality to make your event a fantastic one. With over 25 years of experience performing at, coordinating and planning events, I have plenty of expert advice to offer you on how I can best suit your needs.

Whether you decide to book my duo, Caviar & Lace, the Saul Berson Trio or the Saul Berson Quartet, or any combination of these services, you can be sure you’ll be getting excellent music with a professional attitude.

Prime seasonal dates, Public Holidays and Saturdays generate multiple inquiries, so book as early as possible to avoid any disappointments.

Create a dynamic soundscape

Pricing

I recognize that every client has individual requirements and my prices reflect this. Fees can vary depending on many factors, such the size of my ensemble, the length of your engagement, the location of your event and traveling costs.

By contacting me directly you will receive the benefit of a highly professionalized service without the extra fee of an entertainment booking agency.

Inquiries

When making inquiries please provide as much information as possible. If you are unsure of anything, I am happy to answer any questions you may have or offer advice if requested.

Then you can sit back, relax, and know that your musical entertainment is in professional hands.

 

Contact Saul to schedule your event today!

604-831-3167 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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The Saul Berson Quartet provides an eclectic mix of jazz that Cadence Magazine describes as "music that creates an intense set of Arabian rhythms and…is a delirious mess of Tango and Klezmer". The quartet features Saul Berson on alto sax and clarinet, Tony Wilson on guitar, Kim Darwin on accordion and piano, Paul Blaney on acoustic bass. See the Saul Berson Quartet page for more information.

The Saul Berson Trio is a Vancouver-based ensemble of professional musicians playing a wide array of the well-known jazz standards. Their extensive repertoire includes the songs of Cole PorterDuke Ellington and George Gershwin, as well as a large collection of international melodies. The Trio has also released a CD of Christmas/seasonal favourites - jazz arrangements of holiday songs and standards.

Caviar and Lace includes Michelle Carlisle, a member of two local Celtic bands, and Saul Berson, performing for intimate gatherings, seniors' centres, concerts, art galleries, and many other possibilities.

 

 

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Saul teaches privately as well as giving saxophone, clarinet, flute and jazz improvisation master classes, clinics and lessons at the elementary, secondary and university levels throughout Greater Vancouver.

Find more information regarding music lessons on the Lessons tab, or contact Saul directly if you have any questions.

 

 

Please visit the following areas for more information:

BIOGRAPHY - Saul's background information and list of accolades.

LESSONS - Interested in taking lessons or booking Saul for teaching a class for your organization?  Visit the lessons page for more information.

PERFORMANCE - Information on Saul's main performing groups which include the Saul Berson Trio, Saul Berson Quartet, and Caviar and Lace.

EVENTS - Upcoming events and shows.

PRESS - Reviews, quotes, and press downloads.

MUSIC - Music clips and album information from the Saul Berson Trio and Quartet.

CONTACT - How to contact Saul for more information.

 

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