In 1969 Paul Brodie founded the World Saxophone Congress in Chicago with Eugene Rousseau to demonstrate the versatility of the saxophone. The congress is an international event that is held every three years. The third congress, hosted by Brodie, took place in 1972 in Toronto; Montreal hosted the congress in 2000. New works were commissioned for the Toronto congress by the CBC (Violet Archer: Sonata), the Ontario Arts Council (Rudolf Komorous: Dingy Yellow) and the Canada Council (John Weinzweig: Divertimento No. 6).
In 1972 Brodie formed the Paul Brodie Saxophone Quartet with his pupils Lawrence Sereda, Robert Pusching and John Price. In 1976 the quartet represented Canada at the World Saxophone Congress in London. By 1978 members of the quartet in 1978 were Brodie, Price, Marino Galluzzo and John Salistian. The quartet appeared in the film A Circle of Two, directed by Jules Dassin. It ceased activities in 1979 due to Brodie's increasing solo commitments.
As one of Canada's foremost proponents of the classical saxophone, Brodie performed and recorded original works and transcriptions of Baroque, Classical, Romantic and modern works on the alto, soprano and sopranino saxophones. He persuaded Keith Bissell, Richard Henninger, Lothar Klein, William McCauley, Oskar Morawetz, Tibor Polgar and others to compose for the saxophone. His playing - flexible, restrained, strong technically and fine tonally - was a factor in the success of his crusade. Brodie toured as soloist and with the quartet throughout Canada, the US, Europe and Mexico, and appeared with Camerata, the Halifax Symphony Orchestra, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Chamber Orchestra. In 1977 Brodie became the first concert saxophonist to tour Australia; he returned there in 1984 while on tour in Southeast Asia and New Zealand. In 1990 he spent a month in China, performing and giving master classes.
His pupils included Robert Bauer, Jean-Guy Brault, Bob Brough, Karin Goldberg, Glen Montgomery, Ramon Ricker, Bill Smith, Michael Stuart and John Tank. A recording by Brodie was heard on the soundtrack for the movie Heaven Can Wait and his recording of "The Rose of Sharon" was included on Gilmour's Album: All-Time Favourites. In 1994 Paul Brodie was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
A Student's Guide to the Saxophone (Agincourt, Ont 1979)
"From the diary of Paul Brodie," Canadian Band Directors' Association Journal, Spring 1997
Archer Sonata for saxophone. Brough piano. 1973. RCI 412/6-ACM 17
Badings - Mather - et al. Schechter piano. 1969. Golden Crest RE-7037
Baroque and Classical Music for Soprano Saxophone: Tartini - Leclair - et al. Kubalek piano. 1971. Golden Crest RE-7041
Duets for saxophone: Telemann - Leclair. J.M. Londeix saxophone. 1975. Golden Crest RE-7062
Encores! Chopin - Bizet - et al. Schechter piano. 1982. Golden Crest RE-7102
The Golden Age of the Saxophone: Marie - Kreisler - at al. Schechter piano. 1982. 2-CBC Musica Viva MV-1005
Koechlin Etudes for alto saxophone and piano. Kubalek piano. 1974. Classic Editions 16
Mr. Saxophone and the Three Bears. 1983. Golden Crest CRS-31057
More Encores! Kreisler - Grieg - et al. Schechter piano. 1982. Golden Crest RE-7103
Paul Brodie and Camerata: McPeek Trillium Suite - Dubois - Koechlin - Wilder. 1980. Golden Crest CRS-4194/(McPeek one movement)Tapestry GD-7377
Paul Brodie Plays Alto and Soprano Saxophone: Hindemith - Gershwin - Klein - et al. Kubalek piano. 1973. Golden Crest RE-7056
Paul Brodie Plays Sopranino and Soprano Saxophone: Glick - Telemann - Vrana - Handel. Kubalek piano. 1973. Golden Crest RE-7049
Paul Brodie Salutes Olde Tyme Fiddle Music. 1984. Truly Fine ATF-015
The Paul Brodie Tour to China. 1990. China Records CR-8081
Paul Brodie with Eric Robertson: Bach - Mozart et al. Robertson organ. 1987. Truly Fine ATF-019
A Saxophone Concert: Heiden - Kreisler - Rachmaninoff - Glick. Schechter piano. 1969. Golden Crest RE-7090
The Saxophone in Concert: Bach - Bozza - et al. Brough piano. 1964. Cap W-6066
Soprano Saxophone and Harp: Bach - Schumann - et al. Goodman harp. 1987. Truly Fine TF-020 (CD)
Tcherepnin - Debussy - et al. Brough piano. 1968. Golden Crest RE-7028
Three For All: Beethoven - Osborne - et al. Campbell clarinet, McKay bassoon. 1982. Golden Crest CRS-4127
Unaccompanied Saxophone: Britten - Debussy - Bach - Londeix. 1977. Golden Crest RE-7071
THE PAUL BRODIE QUARTET
Paul Brodie Saxophone Quartet: Dubois - Glazounov - et al. 1974. Golden Crest CRS-4131
The Paul Brodie Saxophone Quartet in Concert: Rimsky-Korsakov - Wiedoeft - McPeek Audubon Suite - Debussy - Jacob. 1977. Golden Crest CRSQ-4164
The Paul Brodie Saxophone Quartet on Tour: Scarlatti - Boccherini - et al. 1976. Golden Crest CRSQ-4154
A Recital with the Paul Brodie Saxophone Quartet: Pierné - Bach - et al. 1975. Golden Crest CRS-4143
Also, educational and instructional records, including 4 in the Music Minus One series with Kubalek piano (1973, MMO-8021, 8023, 8025, 8027), and a 1968 Clinician Album Golden Crest CR-1010. In 1985 Brodie, in a concert with the Huntsville Town Band, recorded a tribute to the Anglo-Canadian Leather Co Band (Forester Press, cass)
'The saxophone in concert,' Jeunesses musicales of Canada, Jun 1964
Schulman, Michael. 'Brodie's saxophone: triumph through joy,' Performing Arts in Canada, vol 13, Spring 1976
Fetherling, Doug. 'Sax appeal,' The Canadian, 27 Aug 1977
Gilmour, Clyde. 'The joy of saxophone,' City and Country Home, vol 3, Dec 1984
Gibson, David J. 'Paul Brodie,' Saxophone Journal, vol 11, Fall 1986
Littler, William. 'Chinese just love saxophone king,' Toronto Star, 21 Jun 1990
Links to Other Sites
Search this site for brief biogarphies of recipients of honours and awards presented by the Governor General of Canada.
The website for Paul Brody, trumpet player, composer, and arranger.
Paul Brody's Sadawi
View a video of Paul Brody performing on stage with Christian Dawid, Brandon Seabrook, Eric Rosenthal, and Martin Lillich. From YouTube.
This page profiles composer Lothar Klein and offers music clips featuring Paul Brodie on soprano sax.
Paul Brody’s Sadawi
The Myspace for Paul Brody’s Sadawi - features music clips and more.