Band photo

Macuco Quintet

Allan Chase - alto, soprano, & baritone saxophones
Joel Springer - tenor & sopranino saxophones
Rick Stone - alto saxophone
Fernando Huergo - bass
Austin McMahon - drums & melodica



Sketch of a Macuco

Ma⋅cu⋅co (ma ku' ko)

1. a street in Sao Paulo, Brazil, named after
2. a South American bird.


Macuco Quintet is

based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was formed in
2014 by Joel Springer to play original compositions
& some by Hermeto Pascoal.

Macuco Quintet's music has been influenced by the
people, music, and nature of Brazil; 1970s modal jazz,
Haitian compas & Afro-Cuban music; composers Julius
Hemphill, Carla Bley, Sun Ra, and more.

Joel photo

       Joel Springer was raised in Bloomington, Indiana and moved to Boston in 1984 to study with master saxophone teacher Joe Allard. That same year he began a three-year adventure with Volo Volo, a Haitian dance band, that included touring Martinique, France, Canada,
and New York, and playing many parties in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

       He joined Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet (YNSQ) in 1989, and with the group has performed at Merkin Hall, New York (WNYC's "New Sounds Live"); Bang on a Can Festival, New York; Mellon PSFS Jazz Festival, Philadelphia; Bimhuis, Amsterdam, and other venues on four European tours; a Midwest tour; and numerous clubs & concert halls in New England. Joel recorded two CDs with YNSQ: "Plutonian Nights: The Music of Sun Ra" (Coppens, 1991) and "Wolftone" (Coppens, 1994).

       Since 2003 Joel has made numerous trips to Brazil to visit his in-laws, and the beauty of Brazil's nature, music, and people have influenced his recent compositions. His latest project, Macuco Quintet, features those compositions and others brought to life by an all-star group.

       Joel is an Adjunct Instructor at Phillips Academy, Andover, where he teaches saxophone and coaches a saxophone quartet.

       With gratitude to my music teachers & mentors, in chronological order: Tom Meyer, David Baker, Harry Miedema, Joe Allard, Jerry Bergonzi, Tom Hall, Allan Chase, Joseph Maneri, and Jon Damian. - Joel