Dave Schiavone / Joe Brancato Quartet 

Friday, August 25th   8:00pm - 10:00pm
The Peace Garden

 Woodwind player Dave Schiavone, in addition to performing with the Amherst Saxophone Quartet, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and his own group (the Dave Schiavone Quartet, aka DSQ), has toured both nationally and internationally with the bands of Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey, and Doc Severinson. He has also performed with artists Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, Harry Connick Jr., Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra Jr., Kenny Rogers, Maureen McGovern, David Clayton Thomas, Mel Lewis, Don Menza, Louis Bellson, Gap Mangione, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few.

Dave is a graduate of the University of Buffalo Music School and also attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. In addition, he served for three years as saxophonist and flutist in the 324th and 327th U.S. Army Bands.Dave resides in the Western New York area where he performs in a variety of musical settings. He also runs an extensive private teaching practice. 

From 1995-2015 Dave was a professor of Music at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo State, Canisius College and Villa Maria College. He was instuctor of Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet, as well as directing Jazz Ensembles, Jazz Combos and Saxophone Quartets.

Since 2008, Dave has also resided in Ratekau Germany, in Schleswig-Holstein, where he performs and teaches. He has performed in Lubeck as well as Hamburg.


The Dave Schiavone Quartet (DSQ) is an outgrowth of the 1997 collaboration between longtime musical partners Dave Schiavone and
Joe Brancato. This original group (known as "The Dave Schiavone/Joe Brancato Quartet") was formed as an answer to 'background' jazz; Dave wanted to really perform this music for a listening audience - upfront, in the moment, with amazing originals and hot retakes on standards! 

With drummer Peggy Scalzo and bassist Buddy Fadale, the group earned a large and loyal following. Their debut disc, "Hidden Treasures", was a near sell-out in the local area and garnered extensive jazz radio airplay in markets such as Toronto, Buffalo, Santa Monica, and across New York State. Currently, the Dave Schiavone Quartet is keeping busy with live performances and is looking forward to their next recording.