The Shaut Jazz Project has many different performance projects on the horizon. From the Three-O to a full 17 piece jazz orchestra we are available for a wide range of musical performances. Keep up to date with our upcoming performances or contact us if you would like to book a group.
Bob Shaut began Sax Life in 1986 as a vehicle to compose and arrange for saxophone quartet and rhythm section. Sax Life soon began performing concerts at schools, jazz festivals, clubs, weddings and swing dance parties. It became a sax quartet in the late nineties for a few years, then took a few years off after the loss of key players Ron Finck and Ed Summerlin. The band is back and better than ever, having released its first CD, "The Saxophone and the Drum" with music composed by Bob Shaut. Performances will also feature music by Duke Ellington, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk, and others, as well as selections from the great American songbook. Current members include Bob on alto and soprano, Dan on alto and tenor, Jim Perry on tenor, Ed Xiques on bari, Charlie Kniceley on bass and Jeff Siegel on drums.
Hudson Valley Jazz
Dan Shaut founded the Hudson Valley Jazz Orchestra (HVJO) as a way to explore and advocate for America's classical music - Jazz. HVJO has performed the music of some of the most important American composers including; Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thad Jones, Maria Schneider, Gordon Goodwin, and composers from the Hudson Valley including Dave Holland, Robert Shaut and Dennis Mackrel.
Guest artists have included; Dennis Mackrel, director of the Count Basie Orchestra and John Mosca director of the Grammy Award winning Village Vanguard Orchestra. Our roster includes some of the top musicians in the Hudson Valley and the Metro NYC area.
Though in its infancy HVJO is destined to be an important group in the Hudson Valley for its work and advocacy in the jazz idiom.
At the end of each school year Dan, Andrea and Bob Shaut host a joint recital featuring students from their private studios. The Shaut Three-O's premiere performance was for the students and their families in the setting of a chamber trio; soprano or alto sax, baritone sax, and piano or trombone. The repertoire has grown and now a performance by the Shaut Three-O will include Bob's arrangements of pop, jazz and classical selections as well as several originals. A Three-O performance will also include solo classical piano pieces from Andrea's CD, "Simple Beauty" and selections from the saxophone repertoire.
Band leader Dan Shaut found his passion for Lindy hop and vintage jazz while a student at Ithaca College during the height of the retro swing craze of the late 1990s. While studying music he also found time to take classes in Lindy Hop from Bill Borgida and workshops from Frankie Manning (one of the original Lindy Hoppers in Harlem.)
During this time "Swingin' Jive Patrol," a nine piece swing band, was created and has played throughout New York City and DC for many swing dances, classes and festivals.
The band plays an annual fundraiser benefit for the Alzheimer's Association "Swinging Moments Cabaret" and has raised over $30,000.
The band is currently collaborating with some of the best swing dancers in the land; Nathan Bugh, Lainey Silver, Evita Arce and Michael Jagger.
The Swing groups are availabe as a 5-piece, 10-piece or full 17-piece orchestra.