For more than two decades, Gerald Albright has graced the landscape of instrumental Jazz music with his saxophone.
“I make music that makes people feel good,” said Albright who was born and raised in California but currently resides in Colorado. “We musicians are missionaries. We are here to help people feel good.”
Recently Albright returned to Pittsburgh to perform along with fellow horn players Dave Koz, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot for Dave Koz’s “Summer Horns” tour.
“It’s been a real special adventure for us to do this tour,” Albright said. “We picked the cream of the crop songs to feature on the album (of the same name) and the tour.
“We take people back to good times through familiar songs. We’re just having a big party and Dave Koz is a class act who brings geniality to the music,” Albright continued.
The last time Albright performed in Pittsburgh was alongside Anita Baker as part of the singer’s “Rapture” tour in the mid 1980’s
“I haven’t worked with Anita for about a year and a half, but it was a unique tour because I toured with her as a bass guitarist and a lot of people didn’t know that I play bass guitar that puzzled people,” Albright said with a laugh. “We were out there for two years and we had to continue to return to cities due to popular demand.”
Albright became fascinated with the saxophone after his parents wanted him to play the piano but he wasn’t feeling the instrument.
“After about a year my piano teacher put me on an old saxophone he had. He said we’d try something new and I was puzzled but I took to it pretty fast. It was like a toy to me,” Albright recalled.”
From elementary school on, Albright performed in school and church concerts throughout California.
After college, Albright began working with some of the music industry’s top musicians including Patrice Rushen, Ray Parker Jr., The Winans and Olivia Newton-John.