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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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SAXQUEST FREE CONCERT ARTIST SERIES – RANDY HAMM/LEO SAGUIGUIT & the MSQ

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.

Bios:

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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Huge influx of great old vintage saxophones! LOW PRICES!

I hope you are in the market for a cool old vintage sax! We are sorting through a huge new inventory of great old vintage horns, and we’ll be putting them up on our website over the coming weeks. There are some killer horns in here, from classic King Super 20′s, to MINT condition vintage Buescher Aristocrats and 400′s, to even a handful of Selmers. Some of these are in pristine original condition, and all of them will be priced super low for a quick turn-around. Some we will be setting up, but others will be offered as-is, giving you a great opportunity at some bargain deals. If you are up for a change, grab one before they are gone!

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Saxquest & Tenor Madness Present Doug Lawrence Clinic/Performance – December 14

We’ve got some very exciting news at Saxquest! Saxquest and Tenor Madness have teamed up to present the final performance of our 2013 Concert/Clinic series. As such, we are thrilled to welcome Doug Lawrence on Saturday, December 14, from 2pm – 4pm.

Doug Lawrence is currently lead tenor with the 17-time Grammy-winning Count Basie Orchestra, the chair previously held by such greats as Lester Young, Hershel Evans, Buddy Tate, and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, among other legends. With the Basie band and his own groups, Lawrence has literally toured the world, playing on six continents and in virtually every major concert hall, jazz club, and jazz festival in the world.

Born in Louisiana, Doug Lawrence spent 25 years as a working musician in the New York City jazz scene. The list of artists he has performed and recorded with reads like a who’s who of current and former industry heavyweights, from Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, and Rosemary Clooney, to Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, and Tony Bennett. He has appeared on over 100 recordings including four critically acclaimed recordings of his own.

Joining Doug for this performance will be an all star St. Louis rhythm section.

Doug is a longtime friend of the shop and it is a joy to finally have him here. Mr. Lawrence is a TM Custom artist and we are delighted that both Randy and Shirley Jones of Tenor Madness will be here too. We will have several TM Custom tenor saxophones here in the shop for play testing and Randy will be happy to talk about what all has gone into making this saxophone!

We hosted more events this year than ever before (19!) and we’re so thrilled to be going out this year with a BIG BANG!!! Be sure to come out and see what all the hype is about with the new TM Custom saxophones and check out the amazing sounds of veteran tenor saxophonist, Doug Lawrence!!

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Trombone Shorty & New Orleans Ave at Saxquest

Had a real nice hang with the sax player’s from Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on Monday. The sax players in the band Tim and Dan are very long time customers of Saxquest and we were thrilled they finally got to come into the shop and check out the museum. As always there is no shortage of killin’ stuff coming out of New Orleans.

Shorty’s road manager Josh Johnson also picked up a super sweet P. Mauriat Sopranino sax while he was in.  Thanks a tone Josh!

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Saxquest is fully stocked with new Yamaha saxophones

Saxquest is an authorized Yamaha dealerSaxquest is proud to announce that we have come on board with Yamaha as an official authorized dealer. We’re excited about this partnership with Yamaha! We will be dealing exclusively with high-end woodwinds and we’ll be STOCKING a good selection of Yamaha instruments here in the store. All new Yamaha saxophones and clarinets will be gone through extensively and given a full professional set up.
We’re especially pumped today to have received our first shipment of brand new Yamaha saxophones. Come by and be one of the first to play test these awesome new horns that include the Custom Z, Custom EX, New 62 Series III and the super killin’ 62R bent neck one piece soprano! If you can’t get into the shop, stay tuned to our web site as we’ll be posting videos of the ACTUAL instruments that we have in stock so you can see first hand the instrument in action before pulling the trigger!Check it out:http://www.saxquest.com/index.php/store/category/modern-saxes-C7/manufacturer/155
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