Al Regni

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Al  Regni

Albert Regni was the saxophonist for the New York Philharmonic from July 1963 to July 2013. His work with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and New York City Ballet Orchestras utilized him as principal saxophonist for most of those years. He has appeared as solo saxophonist with the National Symphony, American Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and The American Composer’s Orchestra under a number of luminary conductors including Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, and Leonard Slatkin.
Mr. Regni’s array of New York studio work includes hundreds of recordings on commercial, classical, Pop, Jazz, major motion pictures, and Broadway cast albums in addition to numerous radio and television commercials. The TV series Twin Peaks earned him Grammy recognition. Leonard Bernstein’s TV and CD recordings of West Side Story feature Al as principal clarinetist.
He has had extensive experience with Maestro Bernstein on the 50th Anniversary world tour of the Israel Philharmonic, and the Bernstein MASS opening of the Kennedy Center in 1971. He was also a member of the New York Philharmonic’s historic 2008 concert in Pyongyang, North Korea.
College and University teaching affiliations have included The College of New Jersey, Brooklyn College, City College of New York, New York University, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Maryland at College Park, and the Eastman School of Music all as Saxophone Professor.


Saxophone Troubadour

Biographies & Memoirs

You may not be familiar with the Saxophone Troubadour, Al Regni, but you have probably heard his music. If you attended New York’s Broadway theaters from the 60s to the early 2000s, you’ve heard him play. If you watched television during the 60s through the 2000s, you have listened to his music on TV shows like Twin Peaks, countless movies, classical and jazz recordings, and an array of TV commercials.

Al Regni has been a featured player in symphony
and philharmonic orchestras, saxophone quartets, and bands of famed singers. He has played most major venues in the world, from a solo concert in Carnegie Recital Hall to Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow, and the immense concert facility in Pyongyang North Korea.

Enjoy this musical odyssey to learn about his career, amusing anecdotes, and his marvelous experiences.

Book Bubbles from Saxophone Troubadour

Preparation for and accepting change

Although the events that are documented in this memoir are from a bygone era, the preparation, associations and acceptance into ones chosen occupation remain basically the same

Preparation for a career

A difficult area of life for some to accept is change. Although my story represents a bygone era, the ideas of preparing for while moving forward with evolving trends remains basically the same. Dedication, practice and persistence continue to be of paramount importance.

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