|BRENT STANTON, originally from New Zealand, has resided in New York City for the last 16 years. He has performed extensively, both as a flute and saxophone player over many years in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
Since 1998, he has concentrated as a jazz flute soloist and in December 1999 recorded his first CD as a leader The Sign of the Kiwi. Im proud of this effort. Being very much a first-take kind of person, I appreciated the opportunity to have my music realized with just a little rehearsal and much invention! The CD features the wonderful talents of drummer Tommy Igoe, bassist James Genus, pianists Andy Ezrin and Sarah Jane Cion, keyboardist/vocalist Jeff Kazee and guitarist Ben Sher. Kiwi contains some traditional hard-swinging tracks blended with a little gospel and R&B.
After spending many years in the commercial music world, Brents musical influences are wide-ranging. Although he continually pursues a classical approach to developing sound and technique on the flute, he has sought to bring many of the improvisation and playing techniques gained from the jazz and R&B saxophone world to the flute. He also freely admits to enjoying and including the sounds and styles from many other instruments, especially guitar, keyboards, trumpet, trombone and from vocalists too.
Brent also maintains an active teaching practice and enjoys sharing his knowledge of flute and saxophone technique, along with improvisation skills gained over many years of performance and study. Ive always wanted a noisy home I got my wish I have very musical 3 year old twins, Jack and Olivia, who will always inspire me to teach, learn and grow with them.