SAX-O-PHILM and Chad Smith
What is SAX-O-PHILM?
SAX-O-PHILM is a unique theatrical concert experience which recreates the atmosphere of the 1920’s. It is fully scripted and produced show, featuring the music of Vaudeville saxophonist Rudy Wiedoeft, as performed by Broadway saxophonist Chad Smith, on both alto and c melody saxophones. SAX-O-PHILM will transport audiences of all ages back to a time during which radio, ragtime, silent movies and flappers were all the rage. Projected silent films and photo montages, vaudeville, interesting anecdotes of the period, and new arrangements featuring “The Craze of the Nation Band” highlight the evening. Piano and harp accompany Chad along with a Broadway singer and dancer and legendary 1920’s icon Vince Giordano on banjo. The story line embodies the character of Wiedoeft through his style, humor, charm and showmanship.
SAX-O-PHILM’s unique blending of live music, world class talent and multimedia make this a concert event unlike any other.
Throughout the roaring 20’s, Rudy Wiedoeft’s virtuosic style created a saxophone craze that gripped the nation, and made the sax what is it today. His innovative blend of ragtime, waltzes and concert pieces made him an instant sensation. A household name during his own era, he is now all but forgotten. My passion is to reintroduce the music of this phenomenal artist to entertain and inspire the listeners of today. I created SAX-O-PHILM: Sounds and Sights of the 20’s, to educate, enlighten and excite through Wiedoeft’s glorious style.