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.
Jordan P. Smith is a New York-based saxophonist and conductor. His teachers have included Dr. Paul Cohen, Ken Radnofsky, Dr. John Sampen and Kathleen Mitchell, as well as Dr. William Silvester for conducting. He has concertized extensively throughout the United States and internationally in Greece as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, and has recently performed multiple times with the New World Symphony, the Sifodec Orchestra, The MSM Orchestra, the Brooklyn College Orchestra, and the French Woods Orchestra. Jordan was winner of the 2006-2007 TCNJ Concerto Competition, later performing Tomasi's Ballade for Saxophone and Orchestra with The College of New Jersey Orchestra.
Recent performance venues have included Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Auditorium, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Yamaha Concert Hall in New York City, St. Peters Citigroup Center in New York City, the Professional Children's School, Yale University, Eisenhower Hall at West Point, and the 2011 International Saxophone Symposium.
As an orchestral and wind player Mr. Smith has performed works by Ravel, Prokofiev, Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin, Massenet and more under such acclaimed conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Spano, H. Robert Reynolds, and Eugene Corporon.
As a chamber musician in New York City, Jordan has premiered works by composers 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 commissions include a new work by David Noon for saxophone quartet and percussion, and a new work for solo tenor saxophone by Inhyun Kim.
Jordan P. Smith is currently a D.M.A. candidate at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, where he studies with Dr. Paul Cohen. He holds an M.M. degree in Saxophone Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a B.M. in Music Education from The College of New Jersey. He is the conductor for the saxophone choir and saxophone ensemble of Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey, and saxophone faculty for the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division.
Mr. Smith was recently published in the 2011 January/February issue of "Saxophone Journal" in an article about Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé Suite and can be heard on the CD "Sculpting the Air: Modern Works for Wind Instruments" for the premiere recording of James Adler's Reverie, Interrupted. This recording was recently broadcast on Pittsburgh, PA's WRCT's Gordon Spencer "Classics" show and a recent review from Audiophile Audition praised his "liquid tone."
Aaron Patterson - Alto Saxophone
Aaron T. Patterson is nearing completion of his D.M.A. in Saxophone Performance at Manhattan School of Music with Dr. Paul Cohen. He recently toured for eight months as principal woodwind musician with the nationwide production of West Side Story. He currently works with MSM Education Outreach, supervising student teachers. Aaron has been an active pit orchestra woodwind doubler (saxophone, clarinet, flute, and piccolo) for over fifteen years, performing regularly throughout the mid-Atlantic region. He holds B.S. Music Education and M.M. Saxophone Performance degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with Dr. Keith Young. Previous teaching experiences include adjunct saxophone professor at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, and woodwind artist-in-residence at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland. Aaron performed as guest soloist with the Butler County Symphony Orchestra (PA) in 2012 and frequently plays with the Queer Urban Orchestra and Keystone Wind Ensemble.
Dan Kochersberger - Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Kochersberger, originally from Canandaigua, New York, is a saxophonist active in the New York contemporary music scene. In addition to orchestral appearances with the New World Symphony,
Mansfield Symphony and the Oberlin Orchestra, 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, and Brooklyn based ensemble: Symphony Z. He is the tenor saxophonist of the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet. Daniel received his B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and his M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Dr. Paul Cohen.
Jay Rattman - Baritone Saxophone
Jay Rattman, 25, 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.