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Saxquest Jazz Orchestra “Cool Jazz” little big band concert


Please come out and join us at the Saxquest shop this Saturday (Oct 18) from 2-4PM. We’re thrilled to present a concert featuring the Saxquest Jazz Orchestra with music from Gerry Mulligan, Shorty Rogers, Dave Pell, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Marty Paich and others. The 50′s were a unique time in jazz music, especially for the “little big band” ensembles of six to ten musicians. The writing was often intricate and polyphonic, like a hip big band, but looser and more improvisational, with the feel of a smaller group. This concert will be a special tribute to the “Cool Jazz” era and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to share this music with you. In the woodwind section you’ll hear, Ben Reece, Derick Tramel and Mark Overton; on brass will be Bill Simpson, Charlie Brown and John Siddle; and an all star rhythm section with Adam Maness, Ben Wheeler and Tony Barbata. As always, Saxquest events are free and open to the public!






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The Newest Yamaha Saxophones Available at Saxquest!!

We just got in a batch of the new Yamaha “Vintage Bronze” series of saxophones. They have a YAS-62 III, YTS-62 III, Custom YAS-82Z II, and Custom YTS-82Z II, all available in this unique finish that is only available for a limited time!! If you’ve been on the fence about getting a new Yamaha, now is the time! These saxes have a beautiful unique finish and they play great. Each comes with our custom pro set up as always. See them here : http://www.saxquest.com/store/category/modern-saxes-C7/manufacturer/155

Get a sax that will stand out!



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Saxquest Masterclass Series presents Julie DeRoche Saturday Sept 20

Julie DeRocheWe are excited to be hosting another clarinet event with Julie DeRoche, Clarinet Professor at DePaul University and Chair of Performance Studies. Ms. DeRoche will be at Saxquest for an afternoon masterclass on September 20th from 2-4pm. Please invite your students, friends and colleagues to this great event!

Julie DeRoche received her degree in Clarinet Performance at Northwestern University where she was a student of Robert Marcellus and Clark Brody. After graduation she remained in Chicago to develop a significant career as a clarinetist and educator, performing and touring regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Chamber Musicians as well as many other organizations. Julie currently is Professor of Clarinet and Chair of Performance Studies at the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago. In addition, she has served as conference director, treasurer, and president of the International Clarinet Association, has worked closely with the Leblanc Division of Conn-Selmer, Inc., and has performed and given master classes throughout Europe and the United States.

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Saxquest presents World Renowned Clarinetist – JULIAN BLISS – this Saturday-August 30, 2pm-4pm

BlissSaxquest is thrilled to invite you all to a Conn-Selmer sponsored clarinet event this Saturday, August 30 from 2-4pm at the Saxquest shop. All the way from England, Julian Bliss is acclaimed by critics worldwide and recognized as one of the world’s finest solo clarinettists. Don’t miss out on this very rare opportunity to hear Mr. Bliss up close and personal in the informal Saxquest setting. This is an EXTREMELY RARE opportunity and one we’ve been working towards for a couple years now! In addition to sponsoring the event, Conn-Selmer will be present and we will have several Bliss clarinets to try as well as the new Selmer Privilege and Presence clarinets to play test and drool over!! Please join us for this FREE event THIS Saturday, June 30!


Julian Bliss explores the creative scope and remarkable versatility of his instrument. He has achieved distinction as concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader, eloquent public speaker and tireless musical explorer, introducing many young listeners to new and rarely performed works for clarinet and connecting directly with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Reviewers have consistently praised the expressive insights and tonal beauty of his music-making, evident in everything from Mozart and avant-garde commissions to the works of Benny Goodman and Bernard Herrmann.


Julian Bliss was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire (UK) in 1989. He began playing clarinet at the age of four with an instrument specially designed for young children. He made his first television appearance the following year and, at the age of six, was invited to play at Buckingham Palace for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Julian became a pupil at the Purcell School in London in 1997; three years later he moved to the United States to study at Indiana University and gained the institution’s Postgraduate Artist’s Diploma at the age of 12. He returned to Buckingham Palace on the eve of his 13th birthday to perform the Golden Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II, reaching a huge global television audience in over 70 countries.


Julian began with the first in an intensive series of lessons with Sabine Meyer in 2002. He spent his early teens commuting between St Albans and his teacher’s home in Lübeck, Germany. His rapid rise as a professional performer, propelled in 2003 by the best-selling success of his first recording for EMI Classics’ Debut series, caught the imaginations of critics and public alike. Teacher and pupil joined forces in 2006 to record Franz Krommer’s concertos for two clarinets and orchestra for EMI Classics; they have since collaborated many times as chamber music partners. Milestones in Julian’s early career include recitals and chamber music performances at the prestigious Gstaad, Mecklenburgh, Rheingau and Verbier festivals, and critically acclaimed debuts at London’s Wigmore Hall and New York’s Lincoln Center.


In recent years Julian has explored the clarinet’s rich chamber music repertoire in company with, among others, Elena Bashkirova, Joshua Bell, Hélène Grimaud, Steven Isserlis, Steven Kovacevich, Misha Maisky, Julian Rachlin and Simon Trpčeski. He has also developed a flourishing duo partnership with New York-based pianist Bradley Moore. Their first recording together, an album of Julian’s arrangements of Prokofiev’s Flute Sonata and Glinka’s Viola Sonata, will be released on Signum Classics in June 2014; meanwhile, they will mark the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’s birth in 2014 with performances of Julian’s arrangement of the composer’s Violin Sonata. Julian has recently established a chamber music partnership with the soprano Ailish Tynan and pianist Christopher Glynn. Their debut disc, complete with works by Schubert and Schumann will be released in the autumn of 2014.


Julian founded the Julian Bliss Septet with a mission to explore jazz. The group was invited to launch Wigmore Hall’s Lates @36 series and appeared at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London in June 2012. Their debut album for Signum, Benny Goodman –The King of Swing, was released in 2013.


Julian’s concerto credits include performances with many of the world’s leading orchestras, from the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. In May 2014 he recorded the clarinet concertos by Mozart and Nielsen with the Royal Northern Sinfonia for release on Signum Classics in September 2014. He returns to both works during the 2014/15 season, performing Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Fundação Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Orchestre Chambre de Paris. Future plans include the world premiere of a specially commissioned concerto for clarinet and orchestra by jazz legend Wayne Shorter, the creation of a new chamber ensemble, and the development of a pioneering collaboration with jazz pianist and composer Julian Joseph, cellist Matthew Barley and accordionist Miloš Milivojević.


Julian Bliss is passionate about music education, a commitment reflected in his position as Patron of the Mayor of London’s Fund for Young Musicians and extensive appearances as guest lecturer in schools and colleges across the United States. His influence on the next generation of performers also radiates from his work with musical instrument manufacturers Conn-Selmer, a relationship which led to the design and worldwide launch of the Leblanc Bliss range of affordable clarinets. Over 30,000 Bliss instruments have been sold since 2009, endorsed by praise from teachers and students and admired for their richness of tone. He continues to work on the development of new clarinets for Conn-Selmer and demonstrate Bliss instruments in lectures and workshop sessions. His contributions to the music profession were recognised when he was appointed as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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NEW! D’Addario Select Jazz Hard Rubber Mouthpieces Now Available!

We now have a full stock of the brand new D’Addario Select Jazz mouthpieces for alto sax! This is the newest jazz mouthpiece on the market. We can attest to the research and play-testing that went into producing this piece, and we’re very excited to have them!


Please see our full write-up and descriptions here:  http://www.saxquest.com/product/view/new-daddario-select-jazz-hard-rubber-mouthpiece-for-alto-sax-P7829




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Saxquest presents Diana Haskell-Tim Zavadil Clarinet Recital/Clinic – this Saturday!

Diana Haskell & Tim Zavadil at Saxquest!

Diana Haskell & Tim Zavadil in recital TOGETHER – this Saturday only at Saxquest.


Saxquest is thrilled to invite you all to a Buffet Crampon sponsored clarinet event this Saturday, June 21 from 2-4pm at the Saxquest shop. Buffet artists, Diana Haskell and Tim Zavadil, in recital together. YES, that’s right! Come hear, up close and personal, half of the St. Louis Symphony’s clarinet section! Ms. Haskell and Mr. Zavadil will be performing music by Bach, Bouffil, Schuller, Sierra and Vadja. Saxquest’s Clarinet Specialist, Audrey Denny, will also be performing a piece with Ms. Haskell and Mr. Zavadil. This is an EXTREMELY RARE performance opportunity as the stage is set for an incredible show! In addition to sponsoring the event, Buffet Crampon will be present with a wide array of high end professional clarinets to play test and drool over!! Please join us for this FREE event THIS Saturday, June 21!

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SAXQUEST MOUTHPIECE CLINIC – Mike Lomax – Saturday MAY 31 from 2-4PM

Saxquest will be hosting a mouthpiece clinic at the Saxquest shop Saturday, MAY 31 (2pm-4PM) with world renown woodwind mouthpiece artisan, Mike Lomax. I’d like to take this opportunity to personally invite you (and if you have them, your students). This is a rare chance to meet and talk with a true woodwind mouthpiece expert. If you’ve ever been curious about what makes a clarinet or saxophone mouthpiece work, you don’t want to miss this special FREE event.

This workshop is designed for the student and professional alike and will be geared more towards the clarinet but also applicable to the saxophone. Mr. Lomax will be discussing how mouthpiece design affects your sound, intonation, response, and other elements of playing. He will touch on what to look for when choosing a mouthpiece to ensure the best fit for your playing along with clarinet care basics and much much more. Mr. Lomax will also have mouthpieces for trial as well as the HUMIDIPRO woodwind case for trial and purchase.

Mike Lomax of Lomax Classic Mouthpieces brings fifty years of woodwind repair experience and professional playing and twenty years of mouthpiece design expertise to this workshop for the student or professional woodwind artist. He was principal clarinet with the Springfield Missouri Symphony for twenty-two years, a former member of the U.S. Navy Band, Washington, D.C. and is the owner of LOMAX CLASSIC, which specializes in handcrafted clarinet mouthpieces, accessories, and the HUMIDIPRO woodwind case. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this new case, I can assure you that ITS AMAZING!!!

As most of you know Saxquest has made a serious commitment over the past couple years towards serving the clarinet community in additional to the saxophone community here in the St. Louis area and neighboring states of Missouri and Illinois. This clinic further supports our mission. We’ve hired classically trained clarinetist, Audrey Denny, as a clarinet specialist in our repair shop. She’s been doing great things and has an exquisite touch with regards to tuning and properly setting up a clarinet to the most exacting and discriminating of professional standards. We’re also always committed to stocking a large number of hand-selected professional clarinets in the shop.

Please be part of this cause and join us this Saturday. I’m looking forward to a most educational and interesting clinic and hope to see you there!!!

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Fun hang in the shop today with fellow repair tech, Bill Clair, from Hoover Music in Springfield, MO

Good repair techs speak a common language. Saxquest welcomed fellow repair tech, Bill Clair, from Hoover Music in Springfield, MO into the shop today. Its always interesting to share experiences and swap stories with a like-minded soul. This photo here represents over 100 years of repair experience with Chris Funck, George Bunk, Bill Clair and Audrey Denny.

Over 100 years repair experience

Over 100 years repair experience


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Saxquest Presents PEDROSAXO Clinic/Performance – May 11

We are thrilled to kick off our summer clinic/performance series this year with a truly innovative performer, a player who is uniquely expanding the limits of what the saxophone can do. PEDROSAXO will be here at Saxquest on Sunday, May 11, from 1-3pm.

Pedrosaxo at Saxquest!

“Pedrosaxo is the Bobby McFerrin of the saxophone!”
Jeff Coffin
Saxophonist for Dave Matthews Band and 3x Grammy-winner with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones

Pedrosaxo has revolutionized the saxophone. He has synthesized his many interests – imitation, acting, video gaming, and composition – into a breathtaking and truly unique artistic statement. Quite simply, he has obliterated all previous technical and artistic boundaries, and has achieved it in ways that are fascinatingly beautiful, haunting, appealing, and awe-inspiring. He appeared as a finalist on Spain’s nationally-televised “Spanish Got Talent?” and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Since finishing his saxophone studies with honors at the Conservatory of Granada (Spain), Pedrosaxo (Pedro Rafael Garcia Moreno) chose the path of personal research, delving into the study of the saxophone and new forms of interpretation, imitation of sounds, world music, as well as performance practice with professional actors in Madrid. As a result, Pedrosaxo is a unique artist of extreme sensitivity to the world around him, able to describe the atmosphere of faraway places through the saxophone and his body, his music combines orginality and traditional saxophone.

Please come out for a great time. As always our events are FREE and open to the public. We’ll see you there!

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I would like to invite you to a very special double feature event this Saturday (Feb 8) at Saxquest from 2-4PM. We’re starting the 2014 Saxquest Concert Artist Series with what will sure to be one of the highlight events of this year. This really will be a VIP event and I sincerely encourage you to make every effort to attend this performance if at all possible. In the world of saxophones, it just doesn’t get any better than this!!!

First, you will hear from the great jazz saxophonists, Randy Hamm. Randy will be presenting a duo performance with pianist Kyle Aho. Randy’s incredible versatility and depth of artistry allows him to connect to and engage his audiences in a manner that both captivates and astonishes. I can’t wait to hear the interplay between Randy and Kyle as the jazz duo format is the perfect vehicle for unencumbered musical communication. From intricately woven together straight ahead lines to lush ballad playing to unpredictable mood changes and tempo swings, Randy’s performances are always inspiring.

Second, you will hear from the Missouri Saxophone Quartet (MSQ). Formed in 2009, the MSQ is devoted to exploring and promoting new music, particularly that of Missouri composers. The group has already inspired several commissions which they have presented at venues such as the North American Saxophone Alliance’s Biennial Conference at the University of Georgia, the United States Navy Band’s International Saxophone Symposium in Fairfax, Virginia, and the Odyssey Chamber Music Series of Columbia, Missouri. In July 2012, the quartet made its international debut at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland. The MSQ performs a wide variety of styles from baroque transcriptions, to traditional French repertoire, to jazz and tango, and the avant-garde. Members (all Selmer endorsing artists): Leo Saguiguit, Adrianne Honnold, Joel Vanderheyden, Matthew Kendrick.

As an added bonus, we’re launching this event as our signature kick-off event as an official Selmer Paris dealer. The regional Selmer rep will also be in the shop with lots of great instruments from Selmer Paris for trial. Check out the new Selmer Paris Jubilee series saxophones and Reference 54 lines.

DON’T MISS THIS ONE!!! This is the FIRST EVER performance of two of our region’s finest, Leo Saguiguit and Randy Hamm on the same stage.


Randy Hamm, Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Saxophone, joined the faculty of Missouri State University in 1989. While studying at the University of North Texas, Mr. Hamm was a member of the internationally acclaimed One O’clock Lab Band. He maintains an active performance schedule and his work as a composer, arranger, and featured soloist can be heard on the Arabesque, Seabreeze, and Origin/OA2 record labels. Hamm has released two solo CD’s on the Encore Music Presents (EMP) record label, “Yellow Cadenza” and “Abstract Thought.”

Leo Saguiguit, soprano saxophone, is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Missouri. He’s an in demand soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and abroad. He currently performs with the Athens (Greece) Saxophone Quartet, Chicago Saxophone Quartet, Missouri Saxophone Quartet, Trio Chymera, and the Odyssey Chamber Music Series of Columbia. He has been soloist with various orchestras and wind ensembles and has appeared in over a dozen CD recordings. As an orchestral saxophonist, Saguiguit has performed regularly with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milwaukee Symphony, Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Missouri Symphony. He earned his music degrees from Emory University and Northwestern University, where he was a student of Frederick Hemke.

Adrianne Honnold, alto saxophone, teaches saxophone at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Washington University in St. Louis. She is one of the founding members and artistic directors for Chamber Project Saint Louis and a former member of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band and Rhythm in Blue Jazz. She appears regularly with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. She received both her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied with Debra Richtmeyer and Chip McNeill.

Joel Vanderheyden, tenor saxophone, is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri. He holds a D.M.A. in Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy (University of Iowa – with Kenneth Tse), a M.M. in Jazz Studies (University of Maryland – with Chris Vadala), and a B.A. in Music Education and Performance (University of Minnesota-Morris). Joel endorses Rico reeds and Selmer saxophones, and performs regularly with the electro-jazz ensemble, Koplant No. He has previously served as Director of Jazz and Woodwinds at Oakton Community College in the Chicago area, and Director of Jazz at the University of Minnesota-Morris.

Matthew Kendrick, baritone saxophone, is a professional saxophonist from Kansas City, Missouri. An active performer, he has been featured in festivals, recitals, and conferences throughout North America and Europe. He is also a founding member of the Contreras Saxophone Quartet, whose performance credits include the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Kendrick also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Northland Symphony Orchestra. He earned his music and accountancy degrees from the University of Missouri where he studied with Leo Saguiguit and Tim Timmons.

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