Seattle's hottest & most unique jazz band. Dynamic original arrangements of the best jazz saxophone tunes ever recorded by the saxophone greats!

Your ears are treated to an exciting jazz concert every time the powerful, sizzling sounds of
BOYD PHELPS' SAX ATTACK! hits the stage. You won't believe it's just a quintet!

The band is also available for hire in smaller forms - quartet, trio, and duo.

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Catch Boyd playing solo most afternoons at Lenin Statue Plaza in Fremont. This is his creative way of relearning the 100's of jazz tunes that were in his repertoire before the strokes.

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Bandleader Boyd Phelps returned to the band after spending a year at home recovering from several strokes which caused "acquired amusia", a disorder that damaged his brain's ability to process music. Boyd has had the monumental task of relearning music from the very beginning. He continues to practice and study many hours everyday to regain lost skills. When recovering music after a stroke, it sure helps to have a neuropsychologist in the band, an acupuncturist for a wife, and unrelenting drive and determination to relearn lost skills. Boyd still has great difficulty talking, reading, and writing due to "aphasia" - a language disorder caused by the strokes - but he is glad to be regaining enough music skills to play jazz. He still has a long way to go to recover the music and language skills he lost but his strong work ethic should help him get his skills back.

Hear Boyd's first venture onto the bandstage since the strokes. He played this lovely ballad at Tula's in August: http://www.communityacupunctureseattle.com/blog/resources/media/relearni...

We wish to thank saxophonist Nathaniel Schleimer for doing a marvelous job of filling the void while Boyd was away, and pianist Dr. Ken Kassover for applying his knowledge of the brain and his skills as a jazz musician to guide Boyd's journey back to musicianship.

Boyd Phelps Sax Attack! is a unique jazz quintet featuring two alto saxophones with piano, bass, and drums. Repertoire consists of mainstream jazz from the American songbook with homage to the saxophone. It was founded by its leader, alto saxophonist Dr. Boyd Phelps, in 1984 in California. The band’s longest running gig in California was at On Broadway Bar & Café in Sacramento, where Sax Attack! played bebop and neo-bebop to packed houses every week for 8 years. In 1991, the band was the first recipient of the Sacramento Area Music Award (SAMMIE) for Best Jazz Group. The band played sporatically during the 1990’s and early 2000’s while Boyd relocated to Washington and the Midwest to pursue education and teaching activities. Recently in Seattle, Boyd has reinvented Sax Attack!. This revised ensemble has a fresh take on favorite jazz standards. The band’s new repertoire is comprised of special arrangements Boyd has written which explore harmonies, rhythm, and musical form in new ways. Boyd’s inspirations behind this music are the great jazz saxophonists such as John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Bud Shank, and Phil Woods. Sax Attack! is the only jazz group in Seattle presenting unique arrangements of jazz standards and paying tribute to the saxophone.

 

 

 

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