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Convention season is almost here!

We had another great clinic this past weekend with Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet. A big thanks to all those that came out for it, and all of the clinics and performances and master classes we had this year. We had a lot of fun bringing these artists in and hope to continue more next year!

With the holidays upon us, conventions and trade shows are just around the corner. If you’ve been a long time customer but have never made the trek to our shop in St Louis, hopefully we can meet you at one of these over the next couple months. This season, we’ll be visiting the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, JEN in San Diego, TMEA down in Texas, and of course locally we’ll be at MMEA here in Missouri and ILMEA over in Illinois. Though we won’t have a booth there, Saxquest president Mark Overton will also be loitering around the NAMM show in Anaheim. Please visit our booths, try a sax out (or three) and let us put faces to those of you we’ve talked to over the phone. See you soon!

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SAXQUEST Clinic Series Presents JEFF COFFIN & the MU’TET Saturday 11/22


Jeff Coffin Mu'tet at Saxquest


We are thrilled to welcome back to the shop Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet, this Saturday November 22 at Saxquest from 2pm – 4pm. This will be a special acoustic performance/clinic of the Mu’tet, unlike what we’ve seen when they’ve visited us before, and definitely worth checking out! As always it will be free and open to the public.

The Mu’tet takes its name from the word mutation, giving way to Coffin’s belief that music is constantly changing and mutating. Jeff is a 3X Grammy award winner, and is a member of the Dave Matthews Band and was a long-time member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones.

Other members of the group include legendary and iconic players:

Felix Pastorius, son of bass great Jaco Pastorius, roots the Mu’tet on electric bass. He has been playing with the group since 2002. In 2012 he joined the legendary jazz quartet Yellowjackets. Felix is a gifted composer and a monster bassist with great chops and sensitivity.

On drums is the legendary Roy “Futureman” Wooten. Wooten is a five-time Grammy Award-winning performer with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. A percussionist of international acclaim, more recently, Wooten has developed a new electronic instrument called the RoyEl, which resembles a piano but plays notes not found in the traditional western music scales. This instrument is based on the periodic table of elements and the golden ratio.

Bill Fanning rounds out the horns on trumpet. Bill has performed with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, the Mu’tet, Glenn Frye (of the Eagles), George Garzone, Jon Faddis, Maria Schneider and George Russell. A brilliant improvisor and musician, Bill is stretching the boundaries of the trumpet.

Chris Walters is a brilliant piano player known for his fresh and inventive compositions and improvisations. One of Nashville’s most in-demand sidemen across multiple genres, and an active front-man, Walters has a completely unique and compelling sound.

Its such a tremendous thrill for us to bring such a fantastic event to you! The Mu’tet will playing at Jazz at the Bistro this week as well, from the 19th through the 22nd, so catch them there and catch a special acoustic set here!

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SAXQUEST Free Concert Artist Series – TIA FULLER – Thursday 11/13

Tia Fuller performs at SaxquestWe’re incredibly excited to invite you out to the Saxquest shop this Thursday evening (7:30-9PM) for a very special FREE performance/clinic by Tia Fuller. Fuller has made a name for herself over the past 10 years as being one of the hardest hitting saxophonists on the New York scene and has clearly risen to the top of her generation of musicians. As a Mack Avenue recording Artist, Fuller is grounded in a jazz mode of expression that embraces both the classic and the contemporary sounds surrounding her. It’s no mistake that artists from Esperanza Spalding to Beyoncé include her instrumental voice and vision in their work. Fusing traditions, styles, and unafraid of genre boundaries, Fuller’s music transgresses the musical frontiers of today!

While having performed in a multitude of musical idioms, it’s the jazz quartet where Tia has focused her recordings as a leader. It’s this setting where she really shines, not only in her ability to play with a spell bounding modern lyricism, but also her ability to interact with the quartet, where all members of the ensemble are on an equal footing. It’s also this “jazz quartet” setting that you’ll hear Ms. Fuller in performance at Saxquest. She’ll be sharing the stage with St. Louis’s Phil Dunlap, Nathan Pence and Montez Coleman.

Thanks to everyone who continues to come out to our events and helps support our shop. If you haven’t been out for a while, I hope to see you this Thursday. Remember, it’s the enthusiasm that you show towards these events that motivates us to continue hosting more events in the future.
Also mark your calendar:
Saturday Nov 22 – 2PM-4PM – JEFF COFFIN & the Mu’tet (unplugged)

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SAXQUEST Free Concert Artist Series – FRANK CATALANO Saturday 11/4

Frank Catalano at SaxquestSaxquest is thrilled to host a FREE clinic/performance at the shop this Saturday with multi-Grammy award winning saxophonist, Frank Catalano (Saturday Nov. 8 from 2-PM). Frank is a super high energy jazz tenor saxophonist based out of Chicago and is a Yamaha endorsing artist. We’re billing this as Frank’s St. Louis CD Release Party! His new record “Love Supreme Collective” has topped the iTunes Charts for several weeks. “Love Supreme Collective” is an homage to John Coltrane and features Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins), Percy Jones (Brand X), Chris Poland (Megadeath), and Adam Benjamin (Kneebody). Frank’s Savoy/Columbia recording “Bang!” debuted at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Charts. Frank’s recording, “Mighty Burner” was on the Billboard Charts for 20 straight weeks.

Now 37, Catalano came on the scene as a teenager and had performed with Miles Davis, Randy Brecker, Charles Earland, Elvin Jones, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, Von Freeman, Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, Les Claypool and Louis Bellson all while still in high school! This led to his signing to Delmark Records at age 18 and a string of critically acclaimed recordings. Catalano has been heard by millions of people all over the world thanks in part to 3 Grammy-winning and 11 Grammy-nominated recordings with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, and John Legend.

This performance/clinic is supported by both D’Addario/Rico and Yamaha. We’re excited to celebrate our 1 year anniversary as a Yamaha dealer this Fall! We’ve enjoyed dealing in Yamaha’s high-end woodwinds this past year and continue to stock a good selection of Yamaha instruments here in the store. We’re also happy to share with you the new D’Addario Jazz Select mouthpiece. One of the best straight ahead jazz mouthpieces on the market today. As a Yamaha and D’Addario Artist, Catalano will also be happy to talk more about these instruments and accessories while he’s here.

Frank will be backed by St. Louis musicians Adam Maness on piano, Ben Wheeler on bass and Tony Barbata on drums. Remember our enthusiasm to continue hosting these events is entirely dependent on your interest!! I hope to see you out this Saturday. Please tell everyone you know.

Also mark your calendar:
Thursday Nov 13 7:30PM-9PM – TIA FULLER
Saturday Nov 22 – 2PM-4PM – JEFF COFFIN & the Mu’tet (unplugged)

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3 New Events @ Saxquest, Frank Catalano, Tia Fuller & Jeff Coffin’s Mu’tet in November!

A quick heads up, November is going to be an exciting month at The Quest! We have 3 exciting events on the schedule. On Saturday, November 8 (2-4PM), we’ll have Frank Catalano down from Chicago. Frank is a multi-Grammy Award winning artist, and has played with a “who’s who” list of jazz, rock, and R&B artists. Come check him out in quartet format. We’re also pleased to welcome Tia Fuller to the Saxquest shop for the first time ever on Thursday evening at 7PM, November 13! Tia has made a huge impression on the jazz scene over the past several years with her modern lyricism and original compositions. This is definitely a performance to hear! Then, towards the end of the month on November 22 (2-4PM), we’ll welcome back to the shop Jeff Coffin and his Mu’tet. This will be a special intimate “unplugged” show, one you won’t want to miss! All three events will be FREE and open to the public.

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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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