Philadelphia Saxophone Quartet



















"Philadelphia Saxophone Quartet 2012", is the first CD with Kathy on board and contains a wide variety of styles, including jazz,
classical, light classical, folk, and Broadway music.  This CD was recorded and mastered by Richard Radice.  We wish to thank
him for his expertise and skill in engineering this project.  The CD cover is a picture of the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art
and statue of George Washington.

01  Our Love is Here to Stay (2:31)......................................................................George Gershwin, Arr. Bill Holcombe
02  Slightly Satie (2:48).................................................................................................................................Paul Nagle
03  Three-part Invention Number 13 (1:20).........................................................................J.S. Bach, Arr. Jerry Nowak
04  Fantasia on Black is the Color of my True Love's Hair (5:34)...............................................................Jerry Nowak
05  Selections from Porgy and Bess (11:27)........................................................George Gershwin, Arr. Bill Holcombe
06  Trois Conversations, I Amusante (1:45)................................................................................................Paul Pierné
07  Espana, I Tango (2:44)............................................................................................Isaac Albeniz, Arr. Jerry Nowak
08  You Stepped Out of a Dream (3:42).........................................................................Nacio Brown, Arr. Dave Wolpe
09  Quatuor for Saxophones, I Gaieté Villageoise(3:38)....................................................Faustin & Maurice Jeanjean
10  Indiana (3:30).................................................................Ballard MacDonald and James Hanley, Arr. Bill Holcombe
11  Introduction and Allegro (7:00)......................................................................................................Milan Kaderavek
12  Three-part Inventions Number Nine (2:27)....................................................................J.S. Bach, Arr. Jerry Nowak
13  Night and Day (3:28)..................................................................................................Cole Porter, Arr. Dave Wolpe
14  Viennese Sonatina, I Allegro (1:54)...........................................................................W.A. Mozart, Arr. Jerry Nowak
15  American Spirituals Medley (7:27)...............................................................................Traditional, Arr. Jerry Nowak
16  Allegro (2:11)........................................................................................................................................G.F. Handel

Member Bios

Kathleen Mitchell, Soprano Saxophone
Kathy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Music Performance from Temple University and a Master of Music
Performance in Saxophone from Northwestern University.  She studied saxophone with Dr. Frederick L. Hemke and Marchall
Taylor .  Kathy is an adjunct music professor at The College of New Jersey where she teaches saxophone, coaches quartets
and ensembles, and instructs master classes.  Kathy also has taught on the music faculty of Rowan University, The Governor’s
School of Music, and the Conservatory of Musical Arts, Philadelphia.  Respected as an outstanding saxophonist, she has
performed with Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia.  Her orchestral experience includes performances with members of the
Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Institute of Music Symphony, Reading Symphony, Allentown Symphony and Haddonfield
Symphony.  She has also given solo and chamber music concerts throughout the United States and Canada.  Ms. Mitchell has
performed with theater companies throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey including the Walnut Street Theater, Media
Theater and the Arden Theater.

John Bachallis, Alto Saxophone
John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the College of New Jersey,  and the Master of Music degree in
Applied Saxophone from West Virginia University.  He also studied clarinet, saxophone, music theory and arranging privately for
ten years after graduate school.  He has over 33 years of experience teaching instrumental music in the public schools of New
Jersey, and as an adjunct teacher at the Lawrenceville School, where he was Director of the Jazz Ensemble and Instructor of
Woodwinds.  John plays woodwinds professionally with many classical and pop musical groups for concerts, theatrical and
social events.  He has performed with the Delaware Valley, Trenton, Rhode Island, Bridgeton and Allentown Symphonies, in
benefits for the Philadelphia Orchestra and Stamford Symphony, and in the orchestras behind Bob Hope, Carol Chaning, Rita
Moreno, Chita Rivera, Al Martino, The Temptations, Manhattan Transfer, John Popper, Harry James, Bobby Rydel, and many
others.  He says “it is always a special honor and a pleasure to be able to perform with the veteran musicians of the
Philadelphia Saxophone Quartet. All of them have distinguished themselves in their learning and achievements within their art,
and have proven themselves countless times in front of audiences of all types of music.”

Warren Fioretti (Tenor Saxophone)
Warren is an adjunct professor of Saxophone and Clarinet the County College of Morris in Randolph, New Jersey.  His is also a
member of Sax Plus, a saxophone quartet, and two Jersey Shore-area big bands, The Jazz Lobsters and the Lakewood Jazz
Ensemble.  He currently plays in the Harry James Band, and has played in the bands of Nelson Riddle, Les Elgart, Guy
Lombardo, and Buddy Morrow.  His stage credits include appearances with Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, The Manhattan
Transfer, Arturo Sandoval, and Phil Woods, among others.  In Addition Warren has Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in
Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and many years of experience in the engineering field.

Jerry Nowak (Baritone Saxophone)
Jerry is Professor Emeritus of Music from Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania, where he taught from
1969 to 2005. He has over 1,100 published compositions and arrangements for instrumental and vocal ensembles.  He studied
composition and orchestration with Lucien Cailliet, arranger for the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski and
Eugene Ormandy, and Clarinet with Charles Russo.  Early in his playing career he worked as a woodwind doubler and session
singer in New York and Philadelphia.  He toured with Bert Bacharach and played with many big bands, jazz and R&B groups on
the east coast.  He has also guest-conducted and performed with symphony orchestras in the Philadelphia and New York areas.
Jerry has an international reputation for his innovations in the techniques and teaching of expressive playing.  His books, co-
written with his brother Henry, include Conducting the Music, Not the Musician, and The Art of Expressive Playing.  He has
conducted professional recording sessions in New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and London.  Jerry appears in the 2004-
2012 editions of Who’s Who in America, published by Marquis.

Performance Schedule (Updated 10/1/07)

11/10/07, Rhode Island Symphony, Providence, RI
Copyright © 2005 Jerry Nowak.  All rights reserved.
The quartet was formed in 1967 with Harold Karabell, Soprano; Bill Holcombe,
Alto; Norman Wells, Tenor; and Jerry Nowak, Baritone. Harold, Bill and Norman
were all full-time musicians working in the theaters in Philadelphia and playing
recording sessions so we decided to take the Philadelphia name for our quartet.
Of the original players, Harold, Norman and Bill, who died in April of 2010, are all
deceased and the present quartet has been reorganized in 2011 with Kathleen
Mitchell as the quartet’s Soprano player. The quartet's repertoire includes
classic, light classic, folk music and jazz arrangements incorporating many
different styles and pieces from various historical periods. The overall
characteristic of the performing style of the quartet is pure expressive phrasing
and attention to detail in the style and inflection of the music being performed.
During the past few years the quartet has performed with many symphony
orchestras on the east coast including The Rhode Island Symphony, Springfield
Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Buffalo Symphony, Hartford Symphony,
Maryland Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Trenton Symphony, and the Stamford
Symphony. They also have frequently performed at public school and college
recitals, community concerts, recording sessions and clinic presentations.