Tuesday, July 19, 2005

This Week in Nestruck History.
Danovitch Saxophone Quartet
Just stumbled upon this scanned clipping my father e-mailed to me a few months ago... The caption is wrong. Shane Nestruck -- the aforementioned pater familias -- is the second from left and playing the baritone sax in the Gerald Danovitch Saxophone Quartet. This must have been taken sometime between 1968 and 1976 when Donald Hughes was still in the band and Canada was still full of optimism. Looks early 70s to me...

Some of you who studied music at McGill might recognize a youthful Abe Kestenberg, now woodwind area chair in the Department of Performance. I think he is actually playing tenor, though it's hard to tell in this photo.

Nancy Newman, the bari player who replaced my father when he moved the family to Winnipeg in 1978, played with the quartet until Danovitch died in 1997. At the time, she was teaching stage band at Royal West Academy in Montreal and a young fellow named Kelly Nestruck was in the trumpet section*...

This has been this week in Nestruck history.

(*Haven't picked it up in years.)

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