SUSAN ALTABET  Flute/Recorder, Piano, Voice LTCL in Voice Trinity College, LTCL in Flute Trinity College



Susan Altabet has been an active voice, flute and piano instructor since 1976. She has studied under such teachers as Moray Noble, Andrea con Roman, Edvin Szamosi, Judith Hall, Ann Chery, and Kathleen Nester.

Ms. Altabet has been a member of the acclaimed Gregg Smith Singers’ Group since 1984 and has performed extensively in chorus and as a soloist throughout the New York metropolitan area. She has also served on the faculty of the Adirondack Vocal Workshop, the Diller-Quaille School of Music, and the Northeast Singing Camp.

DOMINIQUE SOUCY   Flute  Premier Prix, Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec

Dominique Soucy





Flutist Dominique Soucy has enjoyed a growing reputation in New York as both soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared as a guest soloist with several orchestras, most notably l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the Calgary Philharmonic. Regarding her Montreal debut, The Montreal Gazette and Montreal La Presse wrote, “flutists like Soucy are in short supply…. and we are going to hear a great deal more about Ms. Soucy…with an impressive technique and a brilliant tone… and a very beautiful legato in the slow movement…” The Winnipeg Free Press has described her playing as “a treat”…“Ms. Soucy is a passionate soloist.” In Washington, DC, Ms. Soucy stood out in an ensemble performance where her playing was described in The Washington Post as “remarkable and technically confident”. A winner of Artists International in New York, The Montreal Symphony Competition, The Canadian Music Competition, The Yellow Spring Chamber Competition and The Aevis Young Artist Recording Competition, Ms. Soucy has collaborated with such artists as John Cage, Elliott Carter, John Harbison and Bruce Saylor, while he was Composer in Residence at The Chicago Lyric Opera. As a chamber musician, Ms. Soucy has performed with The London Ballet, The New York Chamber Orchestra, The Toronto Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The New York Bach Soloists and The New Music Consort. Her numerous radio and television performances include several solo recitals for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation as well as appearances on All My Children and Good Morning America for the ABC television network. She is also featured on Richard Termini’s score for the soundtrack of John Turturo’s “Mac,” winner of the Caméra d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. More recently, she completed a recording of percussionist/composer Thad Wheeler’s suite The Dancing Bird for Albany Records and also Leo Kraft’s Cloud Studies for CRI. Ms. Soucy is a founding member of Musical Wisdom, a popular concert series for children based in Westchester, NY, where she resides with her husband, flutist Joseph Piscitelli, and their sons, Pierre and Stefano.

JOSEPH PISCITELLI    Flute  Professor, Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec









MARSHALL MCDONALD  Alto Saxophone Instructor / Jazz

Musician Marshall McDonald








Marshall McDonald, Lead Alto Saxophone of The Count Basie Orchestra brings his saxophone and special guest, pianist John Colianni from the Les Paul Band, and The Lionel Hampton Orchestra to Eastchester to play classic jazz standards in an intimate setting.  


I’m a formal teacher of clarinet and saxophone at the wonderful Gines Cano School, founded by Dr. Gines Cano, and I’m excited to be playing in this type of setting, close up, and face to face with the audience.  John Colianni is one of the most exciting pianists in the jazz world, touched by Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson, John is known as “Chops”, for his lightning fast riffs and brilliant execution.   John has played for Mel Torme, Les Paul, and was one of Lionel Hampton’s favorite pianists.  John and I met years ago when we both played with the great Lionel Hampton.

CDBABY Marshall McDonald

Marshall McDonald Rico Reeds Artist – Yanagisawa Saxophones Artist – Avanti Flute Artist – Count Basie Orchestra Website: Facebook – Twitter –



ALEXANDER McCABE   Piano, Saxophonist, Composer   M.M. Manhattan School of Music









Alexander McCabe is a Saxophonist, pianist, and composer.  He has toured extensively, playing with, among others, Ray Charles, George Coleman, and Chico O’Farrill.  His music can be heard in numerous movies and television shows, most recently: “Can You Ever Forgive Me”, “The Affair”, “The Purge”, “The Good Cop”  and others.  He can be heard on multiple commercial CD releases including four of his CDs as a leader. He has a Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music where he studied Jazz Performance and Composition.

DANIEL SPITZER  Clarinet   M.M. Manhattan School of Music


On the Hoff-Barthelson Music School faculty since 2010, Daniel has been a leading performer and educator in the New York area for several decades. A longtime member of the American Federation of Musicians, he has performed with most of the area’s major orchestras, in Broadway pits, and at various summer music festivals. He has given masterclasses and performance-workshops internationally.

Since 2006, Daniel has been a member of both the Delaware Symphony and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, with whom he serves as Principal Clarinet. In 2013, he joined the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and is on the faculty of the Chautauqua Festival Music School. At the Chautauqua Institution this past summer, he was honored to perform as a soloist, playing Artie Shaw’s Clarinet Concerto, He has performed numerous times with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the NYC Ballet Orchestra, and the American Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Daniel has just returned from a November 2018 tour of Cuba, performing concerts with the Quintet of the Americas at the International Contemporary Music Festival in Havana.

Daniel has served as a clarinet professor at the Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and has been on the faculties of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, State University in Starkville, and Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Further, Mr. Spitzer has taught extensively at the elementary, middle and high school levels throughout the tri-state area, and maintains an active private studio.

KEN FOWSER  Saxophone   M.M. SUNY Purchase








Since his arrival on the New York scene in 2005, Ken Fowser has continued to steer traditional harmony in uncharted directions. His lyrical approach to line construction and depth of harmonic sensibility allow him to record and play all over the world with such master players and burgeoning stars as David Hazeltine, Ugonna Okegwo, Donald Vega, Willie Jones III, Rick Germanson, Quincy Davis, David Wong, Jason Brown, Dezon Douglas and Rodney Green. 

A prolific composer, Fowser has celebrated four cooperative releases on Posi-tone Records, co-led with vibraphone virtuoso, Behn Gillece. His debut release as a leader, Standing Tall earned him the number-one spot on JazzWeek Radio Chart seven weeks in a row. Each track reflects a contemporary treatment of conventional harmonic concepts—a creative manipulation that has become part of his signature sound as a composer and an arranger, as well as a soloist.  

Set for release in February 2017, Now Hear This, Fowser’s second release as a soloist for Posi-tone features 11 original compositions and the same chart-topping lineup as Standing Tall: Josh Bruneau, Rick Germanson, Paul Gill and Jason Tiemann. Performing live every Friday night, his blistering quintet headlines the New York nightlife scene at the Django inside the Roxy Hotel on the corner of Walker and Church (  

Fowser’s fluid phrasing and melodic approach to improvising developed as a result of his exposure to the rich musical legacy of the Philly Sound, following in time with the rhythmic footsteps of John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner, Philly Joe Jones, Benny Golson and The Heath Brothers. Attending The University of the Arts in the early 2000s, Fowser studied with Tony Salicandro and Chris Farr, before transferring to William Paterson University in New Jersey, where he studied with NEA Jazz Master, Harold Mabern—an artistic force who remains one of Fowser’s major musical influences, today. 

As a grad student at SUNY Purchase, Fowser studied with contemporary legends of the tenor saxophone Ralph Lalama, Grant Stewart and Eric Alexander—the latter with whom he forged a professional relationship, subbing for Alexander on many of his gigs, and playing with him live, in classic two tenor context.  

Becoming more visible on the live music scene, in the latter 2000s Fowser enjoyed both downtown and uptown residencies at iconic New York venues. Hosting the session at Smalls Jazz Club every Tuesday for four years, and playing the late set at Smoke Jazz and Supper Club every Friday for two years, he followed headlining sets of such masters as the late Cedar Walton, Buster Williams and perhaps his greatest influence, George Coleman. Fowser has graced the bandstand from New York to San Francisco, playing Fat Cat, Zinc Bar, Chris’ Jazz Café, Ortlieb’s Jazz Haus, The Kimmel Center, Yoshi’s and Dizzy’s Club Coca-cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. 

An Indonesian Grammy nominee, Fowser has achieved international acclaim as the 2008 winner of San Francisco State University’s Int’l Generations Jazz Competition, and the recipient of a prestigious one-year mentorship with Jimmy Cobb, Ray Drummond and Jeremy Pelt. As he continues to expand his artistry as a composer, an educator and a bandleader, Fowser looks forward to finding new creative outlets in 2017. 

DR. GINÈS-DIDIER CANO  Bassoon, Music Director, President/Owner  D.M.A. Manhattan School of Music, M.M.A. the Juilliard School, M.M.A. Manhattan School of Music, Premier Prix, Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec







Dr. Ginès-Didier Cano is the president-owner of the Ginès Cano Music Corporation, a music education company that conducts business with over two hundred schools in the New York metropolitan area, as well as the director-owner of the Crestwood Music Education Center, a progressive music school for instrumental studies with innovative programs designed for students of all ages. With over forty highly qualified and experienced teachers, the Crestwood Music Education Center boasts an enrollment of well over eight hundred students.

Dr. Cano has served on the faculty of Long Island University, Concordia College, the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division, the Sarah Lawrence College Woodwind Quintet Chamber Music Program, the Mannes School of Music Preparatory Division, and the Québec Conservatoire. He received his doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, a Masters from both the Juilliard School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music and a Premier Prix from the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec. His principal teachers include Stephen Maxym and Gaetan Laberge. Dr. Cano has performed as a soloist and principal bassoonist with the CBC Orchestra, Québec Symphony, Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra, New York Concertino Ensemble, New York City Symphony, the Sarah Lawrence College Woodwind Quintet, and the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra. His performances have also been broadcast on various New York and national radio stations, including WQXR, WNCN, and CBC Radio Canada. Dr. Cano has resided in the New York metropolitan area for almost thirty years.