Titus Abbott, saxophonist/clarinetist and composer, improvises two short pieces on the soprano sax and bass clarinet. Then drummer Michael Sarin and bassist Sean Conly join Titus on the alto sax performing “On the Mend.”
Director of Jazz Studies at the Portland Conservatory, Titus brings a new approach with this concert that bridges the dichotomy between new music and improvised music.
Titus Abbott holds a B.Mus. in classical composition techniques from the University of Montreal. He studied clarinet at the University of Ottawa followed by jazz studies on saxophone at Humber College, Toronto, under the tutelage of saxophonist Pat Labarbera. He has also studied with jazz greats Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, Steve Coleman, Muhal Richard Abrams and Roscoe Mitchell.
Titus has performed as leader and sideman in various ensembles in Canada, Europe and the US. Since arriving in Maine in 2002, he has led his own groups and collaborations. Titus has been teaching saxophone and clarinet for over 25 years; he specializes in tone development and articulation as well as jazz improvisation and phrasing.