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Saxquest is thrilled to host a FREE clinic/performance at the shop this Saturday with multi-Grammy award winning saxophonist, Frank Catalano (Saturday Nov. 14 from 2-PM). Frank is a super high-energy jazz tenor saxophonist based out of Chicago and is a creative force to be reckoned with. As a Yamaha endorsing artist, Mr. Catalano’s recent homage to John Coltrane record “Love Supreme Collective” is amazing and continues to sell well a year after its initial debut. His Savoy/Columbia recording “Bang!” debuted at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Charts and his record “Mighty Burner” was on the Billboard Charts for 20 straight weeks.

Now 38, Catalano has 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’ve enjoyed dealing in Yamaha’s high-end woodwinds and will have a good 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 Drew Weiss on drums. I hope to see you out this Saturday. Please tell everyone you know. It will be an amazing show!!

Also mark your calendar:
Saturday Apr 23 – evening – DAVID LIEBMAN
Saturday Apr 30 – 2PM-4PM – WILL & PETER ANDERSEN

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All those saxophones! All those mouthpieces!

We have been busy… bees? beavers? Whatever productive animal you pick, we’ve been it lately. Check out the “What’s New” section (http://www.saxquest.com/store/new-products), browse through vintage mouthpieces (http://www.saxquest.com/store/category/vintage-sax-mouthpieces-C17) and horns (http://www.saxquest.com/store/category/vintage-saxes-C18). Is your new (or new to you) saxophone or mouthpiece in our store right now waiting for you to grab it?

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SAXQUEST Free Concert Artist Series – JOEL VANDERHYDEN with Koplant No.

Koplant No at SaxquestSaxquest is thrilled to welcome back to the shop saxophonist and D’Addario Woodwind Artist, Joel Vanderhyden and his group Koplant No this Saturday afternoon – HALLOWEEN – October 31 at Saxquest from 2pm – 4pm.

Koplant No is a forward-thinking, cinematic electro-jazz ensemble that fuses intricate compositions and jazz improvisation with electronica, progressive rock, and hip-hop. Called “one of the most innovative ensembles in the Midwest” by Minnesota Public Radio’s David Cazares, they are the recipients of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and have performed at venues across the country in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., St. Louis, and at the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France. Their potent music has the rare ability to satiate the most discriminating jazz aficionados, while completely disarming the anti-jazz crowd, and has been described as “a textural feast for the mind’s eye.”

Koplant No is: Joel Vanderheyden (tenor saxophone), Brian Lewis Smith (trumpet, laptop, keys), Drew Morton (bass, synth), and Rob Baner (drums, loops, vibes).

“Koplant No is the audio equivalent of a film noir. The playing is superb and they are telling stories outside of the box.” – Chuck Bolger, 91.7 FM WMUH Allentown, Pennsylvania.

“Thought-provoking compositions that are designed with substance and residual value, articulating a personalized, group-centric counterattack to the tried and true.”
- Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

Its such a tremendous thrill for us to bring such a fantastic event to you and we thank D’Addario for their help in support of this clinic.

Also mark your calendar:
Saturday Nov 14 – 2PM-4PM – FRANK CATALANO
Saturday Apr 23 – evening – DAVID LIEBMAN

Saxquest address: 2114 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO 63118

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SAXQUEST FREE saxophone workshop – ADAM LARSON – THIS Saturday October 17 from 2-3:30pm

Adam Larson - Saxquest WorkshopI welcome everyone out to Saxquest this Saturday October 17 from 2-3:30pm for a very special saxophone workshop!!! We will be hosting twenty five year-old saxophonist-composer Adam Larson. This is a free event and open to the public.

The Adam Larson Trio is currently touring through the Midwest and is also performing at Jazz at the Bistro tonight and tomorrow night. Saxquest is happy to be able to offer 2-for-1 tickets to The Bistro show. This offer can be redeemed in person or over the phone through the Bistro Box Office at 314.571.6000 using code “SAXQUEST” and is good for both adult and student tickets. That’s makes it just $7.50/each for adults and $5/each for students!
JSL website info: http://www.jazzstl.org/experience/artists/adam-larson
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/398892273638270

Hailing from New York, Larson keeps an active schedule with his quintet and as a sideman performing and recording with a virtual who’s-who of jazz over the past several year. Released in January of 2013, Larson’s debut album “Simple Beauty” and Larson’s follow up album (released in September of 2013), entitled “Overdue Ovation”, have received high praise from critics. His latest record, “Selective Amnesia” is set to be released on Inner Circle Music on November 3rd, 2015.

As a leader and sideman Adam has been part of several tours across the country and around the world, and also maintains a busy schedule as a clinician and master class presenter. Larson’s quartet was recently selected to tour on behalf of the U.S. State Department’s “American Music Abroad” program touring Africa for 35 days in April 2015.

Described by critic Howard Reich of The Chicago-Tribune as “a player for whom the word ‘prodigious’ was coined”, Larson was selected as a member of the inaugural Manhattan School of Music Jazz Institute where he completed his Master’s with honors and received the William H. Borden Award for outstanding performance in Jazz Performance in 2014.

Saxquest has been fortunate to know Adam for many years and to watch him develop his artistry. He has become a top national-level jazz artist in every sense of the phrase. Audiences are blown away by his technical facility and creativity.

Adam endorses P. Mauriat saxophones and we’d like to thank them for helping put this together. Please come out for some great music!!

Also mark your calendar:
Saturday Nov 14 – 2PM-4PM – FRANK CATALANO
Saturday Apr 23 – evening – DAVID LIEBMAN
Saturday Apr 30 – 2PM-4PM – PETER & WILL ANDERSON

Saxquest address: 2114 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO 63118

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Saxquest Nonet little big band concert – Tuesday 10/13


We’re delighted to present the Saxquest Nonet little big band at the Tavern of Fine Arts next week – Tuesday evening (Oct 13) – from 6:30-8:30PM. This will be an informal, open rehearsal-style concert. We’ll be blowing through some interesting new hard-bop charts as well as featuring some original music and arrangements as well as the music of Gerry Mulligan, Shorty Rogers, Dave Pell, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, and others.

This size group is fun because it can have the feel of both a small ensemble as well as a big band. Our last concert in September went extremely well and we’re looking forward to mixing it up and keeping the music interesting. I hope to see you there if your schedule allows.

Woodwind: Ben Reece, Derick Tramel and Mark Overton
Brass: Bill Simpson, Charlie Brown and Jon Siddle
Rhythm: Adam Maness, Chris Turnbaugh (sitting in for Ben Wheeler) and Tony Barbata

Tavern of Fine Arts is located north of Forest Park in the Central West End at 313 Belt Ave., St. Louis, MO 63112.

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Free Clarinet Clinic Feat. Diana Haskell & Audrey Denny – Monday 10/12

St. Louis Clarinetists and band directors TAKE NOTE!!! Monday evening, October 12 from 6:30-8:30pm, Audrey Denny, Saxquest clarinet specialist & Vandoren USA Regional Artist, and Diana Haskell, St. Louis Symphony clarinetist & Vandoren National Artist, will be co-hosting a clarinet clinic covering the music for the North Suburban and All-District Audition. The event is FREE and open to anyone who has an interest in nailing these auditions.

Please note the location: This will be at the Steinway Piano Gallery recital hall in Maryland Heights.

Some of you may know that Saxquest is opening up a brand new high-end music instrument shop in West County in October. The shop will be located right between the Steinway Piano Gallery and Midwest Sheet Music (formerly MR Music). We are hoping to make this store a more accessible location for our West County customers. We should be up and running by the end of the month.

Lastly, we will have reeds, mouthpieces and ligatures for trial. Even some fun Vandoren stickers, pencils and posters to give out. We want to make this a great learning experience and a fun event for all of the kids! If you know anyone who would benefit from this, please help spread the word.

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Jeff Collins @ SaxquestSaxquest is thrilled to host a FREE recital/clinic at the shop this Saturday with saxophonist
and D’Addario Reserve Method Artist, Jeff Collins (Saturday Oct. 3 at 2PM). Jeff is one of the most sensitive musicians you will ever have the opportunity to hear. He absorbs himself completely in the music and manipulates the sound coming from his saxophone with vocal-like expression. He’s one of those rare musicians who plays every note and every space between every note with meaning and purpose. Mr. Collins will be performing a recital in concert with Amanda Kirkpatrick on piano.

With degrees in clarinet and saxophone, Jeffrey Collins has performed in a wide variety of musical settings. For over twenty years he has performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under conductors David Robertson, Hans Vonk, Marin Alsop, Robert Spano, and Leonard Slatkin. He has toured nationally with the Jimmy Dorsey Big Band in the lead alto chair and has performed with stars like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Al Jarreau, Art Garfunkel, and Bernadette Peters, to name just a few. Jeffrey is a winner of the prestigious Coleman Chamber Music Competition and was a finalist in the 1995 Geneva Concours. He is currently Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone at Missouri State University. He was recently named a D’Addario Reserve Method Artist. Jeffrey performs on the Buffet Senzo alto saxophone and the Buffet R-13 clarinet.

Amanda Kirkpatrick, a native of Canada, has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras both in North America and Russia. After coming to the United Sates to study with Jane Allen, she appeared frequently in recital and won numerous awards and competitions. In 1992, she won the Artist Presentation Society Award and was presented in a highly successful debut recital. In December 1993, Ms. Kirkpatrick toured Russia with orchestral appearances in Samara and Togliati, and recitals in Samara and Moscow. Ms. Kirkpatrick currently resides in St. Louis where she has an active performing and teaching career. In 1998, she gave performances and clinics in West Palm Beach Florida with the Modern American Music Group, Synchronia. She is a founding member of the piano trio Trinity and is an examiner with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Ms. Kirkpatrick maintains a private studio in addition to being on the piano faculty at Washington University.

This is a very unique event for Saxquest and one not to miss! Remember our enthusiasm to continue hosting these events is entirely dependent on your attendance!! I hope to see you out this Saturday. Please tell everyone you know.

Also mark your calendar:
Saturday Oct 17 – 2PM-4PM – ADAM LARSON
Saturday Nov 14 – 2PM-4PM – FRANK CATALANO
Saturday Apr 23 – evening – DAVID LIEBMAN

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September Hours @ Saxquest

Just a heads up, the Saxquest shop will be closed on Monday, September 7, in observation of Labor Day. We will also be shutting down early on Wednesday, September 9, for a team building exercise (*cough* Cardinals baseball game *cough*). On that Wednesday we will be here from 10am till about noon, and gone for the day after that. So please be patient if you call the shop and get the answering machine, we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.

On the sales side, we just got in a big shipment of P Mauriat “blow out” stock, and we’ve been posting new and “new to you” mouthpieces and saxophones all this week. Bookmark the What’s New page (http://www.saxquest.com/store/new-products) and check it regularly for the newest items here at the shop. Come in for a play test, whether you are serious about getting a particular horn or mouthpiece, or just want to see how differently it plays!

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Saxquest is thrilled to host a FREE performance at the shop this Saturday with St. Louis living legend, clarinetist, Scott Alberici (Saturday Aug. 22 from 2-4PM).

Known for his superbly rich and warm tone, lyrical phrasing and command of the American songbook, Mr. Alberici has developed a personal style that is instantly recognizable. His rare ability to capture the moment with subtlety of expression mixed with brilliant and melodic improvisations will keep the listener on the edge of their seat from the drop of the downbeat to the end of the performance.

We’re also thrilled to welcome for the first time on the Saxquest stage, Kara Baldus-Vandiver, who will be joining Mr. Alberici on the piano. Mrs Baldus-Vandiver is a seasoned jazz musician and a formidable voice on piano. Listening to her play, one can, at times, pick up hints of the great Bill Evans.

This jazz duet setting is the perfect venue for these two wonderful musicians to stretch out and wrap their voices around each other in musical interplay. This will not be one to miss!!! See you on SATURDAY!!!




Also mark your calendar:

Saturday Sept 25 2PM-4PM – MARCUS STRICKLAND
Saturday Oct 10 – 2PM-4PM – ADAM LARSON
Saturday Apr 23 – evening – DAVID LIEBMAN

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SAXFEST! 2015 at Meramac sponsored by Saxquest



Saxquest is honored to be a part of and help sponsor SAXFEST! 2015. Organized by Christopher Braig and hosted by Music at Meramec, Saxfest presents a day of clinics, masterclasses and performances by some of the regions top educators and performers. If you love the saxophone, this is a must attend event. All levels of player will benefit from the event!! Even if you can’t attend the entire day, stop by for as long as you can……. and the best part – its totally FREE and open to the public!!!


Full details here: http://www.stlsaxschool.com

WHERE – St. Louis Community College at Meramec: 11338 Big Bend Rd St. Louis – Zip: 63122 / Humanities West 102
WHEN – THIS Saturday – July 18 from 11am-4:30pm

This will be an intensive day of saxophone study and an incredibly rare opportunity to learn from and interact with some of the regions finest and most seasoned players. The roster of presenters for Saxfest is INSANE!!!

You’ll hear from Arthur White, Associate Professor of Saxophone and Jazz at MIZZOU, on “Fundamentals for all Saxophonists”; Jason Swagler, Associate Professor of Saxophone and Jazz at SIUE, on “Hearing What you Play, Developing an Aural Connection with the Saxophone”; Mark Overton, owner of Saxquest, on “An Interactive History of the Saxophone”; and Paul DeMarinis, Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Saxophone at Webster University, on “Waking up to the Instrument”. You will also hear a classical saxophone quartet with Jeff Collins (St. Louis Symphony Orchestra saxophonist), Ben Reece, Derick Tramel and Mark Overton, an incredible unaccompanied jazz saxophone duet by Ben Reece and Jason Swagler, as well as jazz performances by Christopher Braig, Paul DeMarinis, Arthur White and Jason Swagler with an all star rhythm section consisting of Willem von Hombracht, Steve Davis and Steve Schenkel.

HOLY SMOKES!!!! You don’t want to miss this one……..no really, drop what you’re doing and GO!!!!!

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