The Hollywood Saxophone Quartet
  I really enjoyed having a guestbook where folks could write their own comments about the website.  But that old Guestbook attracted too much spam.  Even with the "Captcha" that a person had to enter, somehow I was getting 2 or 3 entries a day about inappropriate things.  So for now, the old guestbook is gone. 

I have created a table of all the old Guestbook entries, and will add your comments.  All you have to do is email me at ellen_c @  hollywoodsaxophonequartet.com (remove the spaces around the @ sign). 

Steve Rosenthal 11/3/11 06:20:09 PM The Hollywood Sax Qt. was an inspiration for us in the Amherst Sax Qt. back in 1978 as it is today. The beautiful recordings of both classical and jazz works were at first a revelation to our young ears, and then guidance for our way forward. Compositions/arrangements you championed served as a cornerstone of our repertoire. We are indebted to all of you.” —Stephen Rosenthal, Amherst Saxophone Quartet
David Evans 10/23/11 06:20:09 PM Ellen, I am so glad to have found this site. I've been a musician for 60 years but came to sax quartets only about 25 years ago. I played Soprano sax in a quartet and then formed my own sax quartet. We still play just for fun. I was given a cassette of the HSQ about 20 years ago. It was a copy of a copy of a copy. I just (this last week) bought the HSQ CD and am thrilled to have it. Great work on your part and much appreciated. David Evans - South Bay Sax Quartet, Sun City Center, FL
Cristina Vella 08/20/11 11:37:09 PM Thank you for making available some of the music from your dads archives. I play alto sax and clarinet with a band we call the THIRSTY SHEIKS. We are a sax quartet with drums and keyboard. I can't say that anyone of us is as good as the HSO but we work pretty well together and we love the style and the arrangements that you put up on the site. I will gladly pay for any more recordings, collections of the rehearsals and sheetmusic that you can send to Australia.

I loved the "I got some hard" comment. We all work hard to get that amazing sound, no matter how professional you are, it's hard in the beginning! I would love to frame that quote for my students!

Gee your dads arrangement of Ghost of a Chance is beautiful. Thanks again

George 5/25/2011 10:44:09 PM This music is fabulous. Such great musicianship on every part. Thanks for the free downloads. I teach at a college and we will be playing some of this music in our next concert. Thanks again.
Gregory T Cheever 5/14/2011 1:44:07 AM Ellen

Thank You. Emotionally pleased every-time I review, listen & read this site. Back through the Mist of Time I journey to the great memories of many sessions in the front room of our in Sherman Oaks. These recordings are a part of.... well me, although my father Russ always stirred us boys away from Music feeling it was a too risky way to make to good living. Somewhere in myself inherit feelings of HSQ & Music lives.

Best Regards

Gregory Cheever

Henry Lee 4/19/2011 6:15:48 PM Really nice music here. Really enjoyed it.
Laurie Swanson 4/5/2011 8:25:53 PM Love listening to these wonderful musicians! :-)
Patrice Dumont Baker 3/23/2011 2:27:07 PM This is a great website. My grandfather was Jack Dumont. Thank you for keeping this site up to show the history of these great musicians.
Dan Sawyer 3/21/2011 8:34:18 PM Ellen, I just found some videos on Youtube of a group playing some of the HSQ arrangements. Here is one of Spud Murphy's and if you watch it you can look for other videos posted by Dirkhooglandt for more HSQ stuff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzj4GPhZhr4

The only thing is that the camera mic is either on the right or left side making the baritone or soprano too loud.

Also of interest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21vEw1Qwxm4&feature;=related

Judith Robl 3/18/2011 9:56:36 PM Was conversing with Rudy via phone this evening and he sent me to this site. I knew his dad and all the brothers growing up in Gypsum. Nice to see them get some recognition. Thank you for featuring them.
Barbette Falk - Quartette Barbette 1/16/2011 12:36:16 PM I had the pleasure of meeting Bill's daughter at the Pike Place Market a few weeks ago - thanks for turning me onto the website. Thanks go to Pete Christlieb for sending me all those great HSQ charts years back. They continue to be core material amongst our expansive repertoire. Happy sax playing!
The Toronto Saxophone Quartet-Steve Fuller, Founder 1/14/2011 6:16:38 AM The TSQ has been around for a long time (over 30 years) and we have enjoyed playing music from The Hollywood Saxophone Quartet. They are our idols, among other groups (Marcel Mule quartet, Gerald Danovitch Quartet, etc.)

I have over 1,100 charts. Wanna trade?

I'm thrilled that the HSQ now has a website, which I'll visit often. Congratulations and a hope for lots of hitsa.


James Pybus 1/9/2011 9:28:52 PM Ellen, thank you so much for this wonderful website. I've been a fan of the HSQ ever since I began playing saxophone some 40 years ago. I'm currently with the Toronto Saxophone Quartet and formerly with the (now defunct) Canadian Saxophone Quintet. We play/played a lot of HSQ arrangements in both groups and have recorded some too. I've been able to buy two vinyl HSQ LPs on eBay and am happy to hear there are CD reissues available (finally!) The arrangements are as fresh today as they were when they were written, before I was born. Bravo to you and the other HSQ offspring for keeping their music alive for new generations to enjoy. Best Regards, James Pybus
Paul Baker 12/22/2010 8:19:56 PM Great job on your website! Lots of interesting things to see....keep the HSQ alive!!
Wade Russell Cheever 12/16/2010 4:36:58 PM No way i was searching the web bored at work , and typed in my grandpas name Russell Cheever, its crazy what iv found, i knew he played music for the studios, but not this extent! good job on the site!
Taylor Bowie 12/8/2010 5:49:39 PM Many thanks to all of you for establishing this web site...I came upon it while looking for info about Jack Dumont, whose playing I've been enjoying so much via Lawrence Welk clips on YouTube...the numbers he did on that show with Don Bonnee and Russ Klein are just top drawer. I've been unable to find any info on Mr. Bonnee after his Welk years and would appreciate hearing from anyone who can fill me int. Many thanks from Taylor Bowie bowiebks@isomedia.com
Garth Jowett 12/6/2010 10:52:18 AM Thanks for doing this tribute, Ellen. In the mid-1950's I was only an aspiring teenage saxophone student in far-off Cape Town, South Africa when I purchased two albums by your dad's group. I carried those vinyl albums around for many years before I sold my entire LP collection. It is wonderful to have some of this music available again. It is particularly gratifying to have new, younger listeners enjoy this music.
Gordon Sapsed 12/6/2010 3:45:55 AM I was a 'late-comer' to the Hollywood Saxophone Quartet and only learned of their music in recent years and only really listened when the CD reissues appeared.

I could be forgiven because I live in England - but I have been listening to those same players in other bands for 50 years or so!

Congratulations of the website - and good luck with it's ongoing development.

Rob Hughes 12/1/2010 10:52:09 AM What a wonderful site. The 4 City Saxes will be presenting a concert of the Hollywood Saxophone Quartet's music, with bass and drums, at Saint Louis University on December 5, 2010. www.the4citysaxes.com
Nadine Lalich 11/10/2010 11:58:10 AM I'm an old friend of Russ Cheever's son, Greg, and although I'm not a musician, I do have a great appreciation of jazz. I'll certainly be checking back to watch this site grow. Thanks to everyone involved for the walk down memory lane and for keeping the talent alive of all these great musicians!
Jack Brown 11/2/2010 12:08:11 AM I studied with Jack Dumont as a kid and I still have the vinyl sampler album he gave me. A recollection of the HSQ came up tonight at a band rehearsal. Any way to get copies of some of the charts?
Dan Sawyer 9/23/2010 5:25:20 PM This website is a valuable addition to our knowledge of the Hollywood Saxophone Quartet; real pioneers in the art of the sax quartet. I was a student of Spud Murphy and later produced some of his recordings. As you know, Spud helped with the formation of the HSQ. Besides Warm Winds, you may not know that the Hollywood Sax Quartet played on the following Spud Murphy recordings: "New Orbits in Sound" and "Gone With the Woodwinds" (both available on CD). There is also a remastered version of these recordings on Fresh Sound Records "Jazz City" series out of Spain. Unfortunately, Warm Winds was never reissued in digital format.
Maarten Stuurman, Amsterdam, Holland 9/21/2010 6:52:11 AM What a fantastic site. I love the stories. More! We play their music, took us years to get it together (first in writing/finding it, then in playing it), i hope to be playing it to the end of my days. When announcing Ghost Of A Chance i always wonder why Morrie Crawford didn't write more for them. I think it's one of their best arrangements. I would like to know how often they performed in public, and what instruments and mouthpieces they used. Bill Ulyate is the only baritonplayer i know who produces that magnificent sound of Ellington's Harry Carney.
Mascio Capouya 9/16/2010 10:00:52 PM Wonderful job Ellen. I found your site through SOTW. Thanks so much for making all this information available.
David Sherr 9/14/2010 3:05:11 PM Thank you, this is wonderful. I studied clarinet and alto saxophone with Russ Cheever in 1959 and 1961. In between, I went on the road, got a little homesick and looked for Fox pictures to listen to the music. In Tulsa, I found a 45 rpm promotional record of two pieces from French Impressions and pretty much wore it out. Eventually I worked on sessions where Harriet Crawford was the librarian and in a theater orchestra with Jack Dumont.

Great web site.

Barry Block 9/14/2010 1:23:11 PM Thank you for putting this site together and for the comments of those who knew the "band". I have been a fan of the HSQ since the 1960s and have played all the jazz charts, I believe, many times. Hollywood professional just begins to describe what these gentleman could do...on many instruments.
Louis 9/13/2010 12:00:54 PM I have a cherished copy of the original Verve vinyl issue of French Impressions. It was a favorite of my father's, and I was fortunate enough to inherit his copy. I would love to see this reissued on CD. I would also love to explore the recordings of the Marty Paich arrangements!
Alan Moore 9/12/2010 1:13:05 PM Ellen, thank you so much for starting the website. I play in Lenoir Sax with Robert George. He was telling me about "chatting" with you and that I needed to look up the new site. I agree with all the other fans of HSQ,they are one of the best, if not the best, sax qtets I have ever heard. We have quite a few of the old hand written pieces and have been playing them for the last 17+ years. I have the priviledge of playing the tenor sax part in our quartet, so it makes me appreciate even more what an incredible player your dad was! Take care and good luck with the site.
Robert George 9/9/2010 4:07:02 PM Thanks Ellen for a great job on the website. Myself and our quartet, Lenoir Sax, have been collecting, researching and playing this music for 20 years...what a treat to see all of this brought together in one place. HSQ represents one of the best examples of modern sax quartet performance & music there is.. even after 55 years. We recently performed a concert inspired by HSQ's French Impressions LP at the NC Carolina Museum of Art. Long live the Hollywood Saxophone Quartet.
Mike Bartholomew 9/1/2010 7:50:19 AM I've been a fan of the HSQ since I first heard them on a BBC programme here in England over 20 years ago. The show was "so you don't like the saxophone". It was hosted by a Benny Green. Older jazz fans over here will know his name. He played There'll Never be Another You. I was hooked and have spent years tracking down the LPs and scores. I now have most of the jazz scores and 3 of the Lps. Nice to stumble upon the site. Best ever sax qtet in my opinion. Keep expanding the site. My qtet were playing "Miss Jones" a few days ago.
Patrick Spurling 8/31/2010 1:17:35 PM Thanks for this tribute, Ellen ... Was particularly fond of the HSQ version of the Ravel string quartet.
Ray Ulyate 8/26/2010 4:02:24 PM Ellen: Thanks for putting this site up. A great tribute to Morrie, Bill, Jack, Russell and all those that helped putting HSQ together...
Anthony Christlieb 8/10/2010 8:15:49 PM Pearl and I are so glad you contacted us. Ellen. Your father and mother and the Ulyates were close friends with Don and we look forward to helping you to promote your website and the memory of the "Quartet" any way we can.
John Dumont 8/8/2010 4:23:17 PM You have done a great job in pulling this together. I believe that this falls in the same spirit as what they were trying to do in the first place. Your mother was the keeper of the flame. She should also be considered the fifth member of the group for all her contributions. It's only fitting that you have picked up the torch. It is my hope that this site will end up being ground zero for all who are interested in this group of musicians.
Simon Box 8/8/2010 2:03:19 AM Ellen: I'll be watching with great interest how this site develops. The HSQ were top musicians working with top arrangers, hardly surprising then that the result was absolutely fantastic music. If your efforts help to make the sheetmusic available to sax players then I believe the music world will be a better place for it. Great work!!
Michael Keepe 8/4/2010 11:34:27 PM Ellen: Great job and great layout. I'm sure this site will re-kindle awareness and appreciation for such an amazing group. To date there is only an oral history of the group among saxophonists and much of it vague. I look forward to helping, however I can, to bring definition to their legacy with my dissertation on the group. For any HSQ fans around the world who knew any of the members or have been influenced by them, please let us know and feel free to email me personally.
Robin Ulyate Trento 8/4/2010 11:34:27 PM Great work, Ellen; our dads would be proud! I'm so glad their music can continue to inspire new generations of enthusiasts. Long live HSQ!