Manhattan Saxophone Quartet was first formed in 2008 as an ambitious and promising studio ensemble at Manhattan School of Music; the foursome’s current membership coalesced in 2010 with the goal of creating a freestanding professional quartet committed to the highest artistic standards of performance of saxophone quartet music, both established and experimental, and to the exposure and introduction of saxophone quartet repertoire to new audiences of all ages. With their various musical passions in classical, jazz, theater, and contemporary music, MSQ embodies a diverse canon spanning nearly 150 years, from early original works by Romantic masters to innovative compositions by 21st century contemporary artists.
Composer David Froom has remarked that MSQ plays "with both precision and passion, and always with terrific musicianship!" and composer David Noon has lauded "I am continually inspired, in truth, by [the] quartet's artistry." MSQ has performed across the northeastern United States at venues including Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, Citigroup Center, Yale University, Messiah College, Rutgers University, College of New Jersey, New York University, International Saxophone Symposia, and West Point University for the annual North American Saxophone Alliance regional conference. The quartet has premiered works by Marc-Antonio Consoli, Robert McMahan, David Noon, Jeffrey Nytch, Quinn Collins, J. Mark Stambaugh, and Rex Isenberg, among others.
Manhattan Saxophone Quartet musicians are Jordan Smith, soprano saxophonist; Aaron Patterson, alto saxophonist; Daniel Kochersberger, tenor saxophonist; and Jay Rattman, baritone saxophonist.
Dr. Jordan P. Smith is a New York-based saxophonist and conductor. He completed his D.M.A. at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, where he studied with Dr. Paul Cohen. He holds an M.M. degree in Saxophone Performance from Manhattan School of Music and a B.M. in Music Education from The College of New Jersey, where he studied with Kathleen Mitchell. He has completed additional studies with Dr. John Sampen, Ken Radnofsky, Jean-Michel Goury, and the Rascher Saxophone Quartet.
He has concertized extensively throughout the United States and internationally in Austria, the Czech. Republic, and Greece as a soloist, conductor, chamber, and orchestral musician, and has recently performed with the New World Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Bravura Philharmonic, Sifodec Orchestra, MSM Orchestra, Brooklyn College Orchestra, the Hartwick College Wind Ensemble, and the French Woods Orchestra. As an orchestral wind player Mr. Smith has performed under such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Spano, Barbara Leifer, H. Robert Reynolds, and Eugene Corporon.
Recent performance venues have included Haydn Hall in Eisenstadt, Austria, Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Auditorium, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Symphony Space in NYC, Yamaha Concert Hall in New York City, Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University, St. Peters Citigroup Center in New York City, the Professional Children's School, Princeton University, Yale University, Eisenhower Hall at West Point, and the 2011 International Saxophone Symposium. Jordan was winner of the 2006-2007 TCNJ Concerto Competition, performing Tomasi's Ballade for Saxophone and Orchestra with The College of New Jersey Orchestra. He recently performed Alfreed Reed’s Ballade for alto saxophone and concert band with the Hartwick College Wind Ensemble, and Concertante for alto saxophone and wind ensemble with the YOCJ Wind Symphony.
As a chamber musician in New York City and strong advocate for new music, Jordan has premiered twenty-two works by composers such as Mark Stambaugh, Marilyn Shrude, David Noon, Hayes Biggs, Marc-Antonio Consoli, James Adler, Robert McMahan, Steve Cohen, Rex Isenberg, Tamara Cashour, Adrienne Albert, Remy Le Boeuf, Ayanna Witter-Johnson and Matthew Hough. Upcoming premieres include a duo work One Final Gyre for the Epoch Duo by Alex Burtzos, and a work for saxophone ensemble called Supra by Jonathon Russell. He is also a member of the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet, which has premiered and commissioned ten works in the past three years, culminating in a recent sold out performance at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium in 2012 and a return performance in 2014 to celebrate Adolph Sax’s 200th birthday.
Jordan is the conductor for the saxophone choir and saxophone ensemble of Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey, the only program of its kind in the United States. He is also on the saxophone faculty for the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division, in addition to maintaining a large private studio in Princeton, NJ, and teaching music history at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ. Dr. Smith was recently published in the 2013-14 edition of the journal, the Saxophone Symposium for his research on Jules Massenet, and the 2011 January/February issue of the "Saxophone Journal" in an article about Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé Suite and can be heard on CD on Ravello, Carrier, and Navona Records.
Aaron Patterson - Alto Saxophone
Dr. Aaron Patterson , originally of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, currently teaches music at Bay Ridge Preparatory High School in Brooklyn. He completed his D.M.A. in Saxophone Performance at Manhattan School of Music in 2014 with Dr. Paul Cohen; his dissertation explored the saxophone orchestrations of the stage and film versions of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. Aaron holds B.S. Music Education and M.M. Saxophone Performance degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with Dr. Keith Young and graduated summa cum laude. Previous teaching experiences include arts entrepreneurship teacher in Polk County, Florida, adjunct saxophone professor at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, woodwind artist-in-residence at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland, woodwind artist-in-residence at Harrisburg State Street Academy, middle school choral and orchestra teacher at Elizabethtown Area School District (PA), middle & high school instrumental music teacher at Tyrone Area School District (PA) and elementary instrumental music teacher at Marion Center Area School District (PA). Aaron has also instructed dozens of private lesson students of all ages, teaching saxophone, flute, & clarinet.
For nearly twenty years, Aaron has been a very active pit orchestra woodwind doubler (saxophones, clarinets, flute and piccolo, oboe), most recently playing Beware the Chupacabra! for the annual NYC Fringe Theatre Festival. Other recent regional engagements include Grease, Shenandoah, Fiddler on the Roof, Singin’ in the Rain, and A Chorus Line. He has regularly played for the annual New York Music Theatre Festival (NYMF), at Totem Pole and Mountain Playhouses in Pennsylvania, Wagner College, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and Altoona Community Theatre, among others. Dr. Patterson was principal woodwind musician with the national tour of West Side Story in 2012-13, travelling and performing in forty-four states as well as Canada. His favorite past shows include Cabaret, Into the Woods, Company, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 42nd Street, The Producers, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Chicago, Secret Garden, and of course, West Side Story. He is a member of Local 802 American Federation of Musicians.
Outside of music theatre, Dr. Patterson is a dynamic classical soloist and chamber musician. In 2014 and 2015 he presented two solo recitals for his hometown arts organization, the Carlisle Musical Arts Club. He performed Fernande Decruck’s Sonata in C# as guest soloist with the Butler County Symphony Orchestra (PA) in 2012. He last performed with the Butler Symphony in 2002, performing Darius Milhaud’s Scaramouche, as winner of the ensemble’s Young Artist Competition. Other previous solo engagements include the Johnstown Symphony, International Festival of Women Composers, Sound of America Honors Band and Chorus European Tour, International Youth Wind Orchestra in Jonköping, Sweden, and Carlisle Community Concert Band. Aaron regularly performs as an ensemble woodwind musician with the Queer Urban Orchestra (Manhattan) and has played with Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Wind Ensemble, Keystone Wind Ensemble, and as a guest chamber musician at Symphony Space. He has presented numerous clinics and performed in masterclasses and recitals at regional schools and at various annual events including the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences, U.S. Navy-sponsored International Saxophone Symposia.
Daniel Kochersberger - Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Kochersberger, originally of Canandaigua, New York, is a saxophonist actively participating in the ever-changing New York City contemporary music scene. He is currently the saxophonist for the New York-based ensemble Contemporaneous, and has performed alongside artists such as David Byrne, Sondre Lerche, and Jherek Bischoff in new music venues including, (le) poisson rouge, St. Anne's Warehouse, and Roulette.
In addition to orchestral appearances with the New World Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Mansfield Symphony, Plainfield Symphony, and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Daniel has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber player with the Contemporary Music Ensemble of Oberlin, the Chamber Winds Ensemble of Manhattan, the Manhattan Wind Symphony, Symphony Z and the Brooklyn College Wind Ensemble.
Daniel currently teaches saxophone and clarinet at Cornerstone Music Studios in Millstone NJ, and has a thriving private saxophone studio in Central New Jersey.
Daniel received his B.M. at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and his M.M. at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Dr. Paul Cohen.
Jay Rattman - Baritone Saxophone
Jay Rattman, 26, originally from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania maintains an active schedule as a freelance woodwind artist, creative musician, composer and arranger in and around New York City.
At an early age he was mentored by saxophone greats Phil Woods and David Liebman. He received bachelor’s degree in three years in addition to a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Dick Oatts, Steve Slagle, Steve Wilson, Joe Temperley, David Krakauer and John Riley.
He has performed in venues as varied as Jazz @ Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, The Coachella Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Smalls Jazz Club, Cornelia Street Café, the Mercury Lounge, the Bitter End, and numerous jazz venues in Pennsylvania including the Deer Head Inn and the Celebration of the Arts (COTA) jazz festival. He has also appeared on NPR’s Sound of Young America, The Late Show, and The Tonight Show.
In demand in a variety of musical settings as diverse as traditional jazz, klezmer, big band, free improvisation, creative jazz, and classical chamber music, Jay has performed with musicians as drastically varied as Bob Dorough, Feist, Nellie McKay, and the José Limón Dance Company. He can be heard playing bass clarinet on vibraphonist Stefon Harris’s Grammy-nominated CD, “Urbanus.” Rattman is a member of the klezmer band “Zlek” and Phil Woods’s Festival Orchestra, besides leading his own quartet, which plays members’ original music. A champion of new music, he has premiered pieces as a member of the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet by David Noon, Marc-Antonio Consoli, Jeffrey Nytch, Robert Young McMahan, Inhyun Kim, and Rex Isenberg among others. His talents have been recognized by the NFAA ARTS awards and the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards.
As an educator, Rattman maintains an active private studio in addition to having taught group instrumental lessons in New York City public schools, at COTA Camp Jazz, and via distance learning from Manhattan School of Music. He also presented in a teaching artists masterclass with Yo Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble.