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Teacher Feature: Saul Lubaroff
By West Music Coralville
3/26/2012 1:44:00 PM

Saul Lubaroff has been playing music since he was 8 yrs old. Already adept at piano, viola and clarinet by age 11, he took up the sax in Junior High, and that was it! Saul studied with Dan Yoder at the University of Iowa during high school, and played in college jazz bands before he had his drivers license.

Saul is a classically trained saxophonist, but his real love is jazz, Saul's first sax hero was alto player Phil Woods, whose solo on Billy Joel's "Just the way you are" in 1977 was a turning point in Saul's life, and the start of his long journey practicing his horn for hours, learning every scale known to mankind, going to see live music every chance he got, copying solos from LP's (remember LP's?) Saul has many jazz sax masters to thank for his inspiration, including Julian "Cannonball" Adderly, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, Art Pepper, Coleman Hawkins, Branford Marsalis, Chris Potter, Michael Brecker, Maceo Parker, David "Fathead" Newman, and on and on.

Saul was a key member of the R & B group Shade of Blue from 1989-1996 performing over 100 shows a year at venues around the states of Iowa and Illinois. Saul formed the Saul Lubaroff Quartet in 1997 and SLQ has played at the Iowa City Jazz Festival 3 times as a side stage group and in October 2008 Saul and his quintet performed at the beautiful Englert Theater. Saul has 2 CD's that are available on Amazon.com, cdbaby.com, iTunes, and 35 other digital music providers on the Internet. Saul has also been known to fill in for other sax players in bands such as The Diplomats of Solid Sound, Johnny Kilowatt Band and Bohemian Soul Tribe. Saul is currently a member of the popular funk band GrooveShip and also anchors the horn section in WeFunk, a 14 piece band dedicated to the music of George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic. You can usually catch WeFunk on Halloween Night and every summer at Camp Euforia. He's also an endorser of P. Mauriat saxophones.

Saul busy's himself when he is not playing by training the next generation of saxophone players as a private instructor at West Music Coralville, covering saxophones, Bb and bass clarinet and flute. He also teaches jazz improvisation for any instrumentalist. When Saul has free time he loves to be with his 2 teenage sons Zane and Will who are his bestest buddies in the world, and very musically talented.

 

CURRENT GROUPS/ENSEMBLES:   

The Fez - A tribute to Steely Dan

WeFunk - a tribute to George Clinton and PFunk

Big Funk Guarantee - local funk band playing original and 70's funk

Saul Lubaroff Quartet

Monday Night All Stars- blues band                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

RECENT EVENTS/ACTIVITES:

Going to Washington DC in April to attend the Nat'l Tourette Syndrome Conference and speak to members of Congress to make sure research will continue to be funded for Tourette Syndrome...and is going to play his sax at the Banquet.

To find out more about Saul, visit www.sauljazz.com.


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