A life-long improviser, John Perrine holds a doctorate of musical arts in saxophone performance, a master’s in jazz pedagogy and a bachelor’s in music education. He is an associate professor at Cleveland State University and serves as chair of the music department. Perrine believes that music in general and improvisation in particular transcend the limits of language and inspire people to share an experience that does not come out in spoken or written language. He often performs with a specific intent for the audience, and finds they come away with something better, as a personal musical narrative is created. Perrine is a founding member of the Red Stick Saxophone Quartet, which has won national prizes in MTNA and Fischoff chamber music competitions. Perrine’s composition “Vonnegut: Suite for Saxophone Quartet” was premiered at the North American Saxophone Alliance International Convention in Columbia, South Carolina, by the Red Stick Saxophone Quartet.