eddie etkins, george sinkler, alan segal, leon jordan
The Alan Segal Quartet plays the music we all love, quintessential jazz, in a manner that entices the audience to stop what they’re doing, turn and listen. Leaving the venue while this group performs is simply not an option. Who of us could ignore the strength and vibrancy, of Eddie Etkins on saxophone, the rhythms of Leon Jordan, the fills and styling of George Sinkler on piano and the tempos of bassist Alan Segal?
Now that we know who the quartet members are, the question is just how did they come together. Was it fate? Was it simply good luck? Or was the muse of music amongst us? I suppose a little of each, and a good dose of friendship to boot.
I have played with George Sinkler at many venues all the while taking bass lessons from my friend Stephen Kleiman. When I told Stephen I wanted to perform at church venues he suggested I contact Leon Jordan and Eddie Etkins to round out the quartet which I did, not knowing if that combination would coalesce. Simply saying that you are a member of a quartet doesn’t make the group an entity although we have grown to be just that. As my friend George likes to say, we dance together. I say we breathe together.
Whatever it is, we make music together. As important is that we miss each other when we’re not playing regularly. These infrequent lapses in our playing schedule point out how much we enjoy each other’s company.
The audience forever tempted to sing along, is embraced and welcomed to the jazz and blues scene. They soon feel that they are part of the quartet and have become our friends, and indeed they have!
These fine musicians have been performing in the tri-state area for many years, coalescing into the Alan Segal Quartet, playing the music they love – American Jazz in all its glory.