For those of you coming by the shop the week of June 29, we’ll have regular hours Monday – Thursday, 10am – 6pm, and we’ll be open an abbreviated day on Friday July 3, just 10am – 2pm. We will be closed on Saturday July 4. Get your saxophone indulgences in early that week!
Saxquest is honored to host a presentation of the new Selmer Paris Clarinets at our first ever Selmer-Paris Clarinet Day this SATURDAY from noon-2PM. This will be a wine & cheese (or non-alcoholic choice) style OPEN HOUSE. Be prepared to live for a few moments in CLARINET HEAVEN as we’ll have several of the finest instruments manufactured today on hand for you to play test. We’ll also delighted that Sophia Rojas, from Selmer, will be here in the shop if you have any questions about these marvelous instruments.
If you haven’t been paying attention over the past couple years, you may have missed the fact that Selmer-Paris has absolutely ramped up their clarinet game. Without a doubt they are reinventing themselves as a SERIOUS manufacture of professional clarinets for use with today’s symphony orchestras. In addition to several of the brand new SeleS Présence clarinets in Bb and A, we will have on hand Selmer’s other professional clarinets, including the Privilèdge, Recital and Signature and the low C Selmer Privilèdge bass clarinet. Come with your mouthpieces and be ready to play these beautiful clarinets. If you have students, please let them know about this exciting opportunity to learn about Selmer Paris clarinets. Shown here is a link to a video about the Seles, Presence clarinet that we think you will enjoy: https://youtu.be/iraQnsqGMqo
Henri SELMER Paris unveils, under the new brand SeleS, a never before seen clarinet called Présence. Thanks to its innovative bore design, this clarinet has unique acoustic qualities that provide ease of emission, exceptional homogeneity and above all an instrument that is easy to play. The sound of the Présence clarinet is a mix of harmonic richness, and timbre; essential characteristics to the instrument. Also, the research done on the position and size of the tone holes has given this clarinet unrivalled intonation. Specially designed keys, as well as new key orientations and positions, provide unmatched mechanical precision and response combined with player comfort. Présence clarinets are available in B-flat and A with two keywork finishes available: silver or nickel as an option. An E-flat lever is also available as an option.
If you’re a clarinetist, I hope to see you out on Saturday. This really is a special event and we’re so grateful to Selmer-Paris for partnering with us to bring this opportunity to you and the St. Louis area.
Saxquest is thrilled to welcome to the shop for the first time saxophonist and jazz educator, Jamey Aebersold, this Saturday April 4 at Saxquest from 2pm – 4pm. As a performer and as a clinician, Jamey defines the standard for excellence.
Jamey Aebersold has become an internationally renowned resource for jazz education. In July 2013, the National Endowment for the Arts included him for its 2014 Jazz Masters award, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. Other recipients included Richard Davis, Keith Jarrett, and Anthony Braxton. He is the recipient of the 2014 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy, which is bestowed upon an individual who has contributed significantly to the appreciation, knowledge, and advancement of the art form of jazz. “Jamey Aebersold has made enormous contributions to the jazz world through his tireless efforts as a performer, educator, and publisher,” said 2000 NEA Jazz Master David Baker. “As the creator of the innovative and groundbreaking Jamey Aebersold Jazz Play-A-Long recordings series, as the longtime director of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, as an exceptional clinician and performer, and as the publisher of an extensive catalogue of jazz materials, Jamey has revolutionized the way people practice, teach, create, and perform their music. Jamey has carried his message that ‘anyone can improvise’ and that ‘creativity is part of the nature of every person’ throughout the world to great success, impacting generations of both aspiring and established jazz performers and teachers.”
Its such a tremendous thrill for us to bring such a fantastic event to you and we thank Jazz St. Louis for their help in support of this clinic.
Well into our 2015 Concert/Clinic series it’s going to be a busy April here at Saxquest with 3 great events on our calendar. To kick April off, you’re all invited to a special wine (or non-alcoholic drink of choice) and cheese open house hosted by the Andreas Eastman Company on Thursday of this week from 4-6PM at Saxquest. We’ll host Roger Greenberg, Professor Emeritus at the University of Northern Colorado, who will be talking about saxophone manufacturing and Eastman’s role in the development of the new 52nd Street line of professional saxophones. We’ll also have an entire fleet of the new 52nd Street saxophones and other Eastman instruments for you to try including the new 52nd Street bari sax and one piece curved neck soprano.
Roger Greenberg is a classical saxophonist with a jazz background. He has been a soloist several times at the World Saxophone Congress in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan, and continues to be active nationally as a soloist and clinician. His playing credits are as diverse as having been a member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra to being a longtime member of the Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quartet, an internationally recognized touring ensemble.
It’s with great honor that we present Roger Greenberg here at Saxquest! I hope you are able to stop in and take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet and talk directly to this important voice in our saxophone community and learn more about his involvement in designing the 52nd Street saxophone brand. This will be an informal gathering so please bring your mouthpieces to play test instruments and have a good time hanging out for an afternoon of saxophone insanity!!!
Time to turn over some inventory! With trade show season over, we are blowing out some P Mauriats at super low prices! Many of these were just demo horns, play tested at the various shows we went to, but otherwise in NEW condition, and all still have full warranty. Each one will get our pro set up again, so every one will ship in perfect playing condition. If you’ve thought about getting one of these great saxes but have been holding out for a deal, you won’t find them at lower prices! Check out our special section and get one quickly!
GREAT NEWS on the Buffet SENZO front! Price Reduction……..new Buffet SENZO now $5495.
We had a great discussion with Buffet at NAMM this year! They are totally committed to making the best saxophone ever! Although the SENZO is expensive to manufacture, Buffet really wants to make the barrier to entry for players as low as possible.
Buffet is one of the few companies where the top brass are still actually musicians. They get it!!! I’ve never had another company approach me about working together to find creative ways to reduce the end price for the player!
Here’s a great clip of Jeff Collins demonstrating the new Buffet SENZO on Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition – The Old Castle.
We’ve been busy putting together a few events at the Saxquest shop this spring & summer. We’re still hashing out the details on a few, but here’s a couple you can start marking your calendars for:
On Saturday, April 4, we’re going to have Jamey Aebersold for a clinic from 2-4pm. We’ve been wanting to host Jamey for quite some time, and we are very excited to finally put this together! His Play-A-Long series and summer jazz workshops are a long-time staple in many an advancing jazz saxophonist’s upbringing.
A few weeks after that, on Saturday April 25, we’re going to have a “Selmer Clarinet Day” at the Saxquest shop from 2-4pm. Conn-Selmer will be on hand with the latest and greatest Selmer Paris model clarinets for you to play test in our store. We may also put together a mini-concert or clinic for this event as well.
Also confirmed on the books is Adam Larson on Monday night, July 20th, from 7-9pm. We’ve had the privilege of hosting Adam in our shop a couple times over the last few years, and we’re thrilled to have him back. If you have not seen him yet, he is truly one of the great young stars to see in the saxophone world. Though just 24 years old, Adam has all ready toured the world, and his first 2 solo albums have been met with critical acclaim. He will be fresh off a 35 day tour of Africa in April 2015 as part of the U.S. State Department’s “American Music Abroad” program.
More events will continue to be added, please put these down on your calendar and check back for more!
We are (finally) through the trade show season for us. After visiting JEN, NAMM, Midwest, ILMEA, MMEA, and TMEA, we are now realizing the Saxquest shop is a little too quiet! Come visit us in St Louis, and bring your mouthpiece to make some noise! You can try out the newest P Mauriat Master 97 saxes, or a Yamaha Custom Z in “vintage bronze” finish, or a great old Mark VI. We also have a huge selection of new and vintage mouthpieces for you to play test as well. You can see the impressive Saxquest museum on our second floor, or see a sax or clarinet all disassembled in our repair shop. Regular hours 10am – 6pm during the week, and 10am – 2pm on Saturdays. Please come by with a few hours to spare and try out some equipment!
Looking ahead to 2015, we are lining up some very nice events starting this spring. As in the last couple years, we’ll try to bring an exciting lineup of master classes, intimate concerts, and Q & A’s with some of today’s great players and educators. Please continue to check our events page or the news section here for when these events get announced, or call us to sign up for our email notification list when these events get put together. We’ll see you at the ‘quest!
We split up this year! If you are attending either MMEA in Missouri or ILMEA in Illinois this week, we will see you there! Each booth will have a good 25 saxes or so as well as 10+ clarinets. We’ll have the latest reeds and mouthpieces from D’Addario & Vandoren as well. Come by the booth, play a sax or mouthpiece, and say hi.
If you are stuck in St Louis, the shop will be open normal hours, but the stock will be somewhat… lessened. If you are looking for a particular horn, best to call ahead to make sure it is here before driving in. Everyone will be back in the shop, returned to normal come Monday (at least until TMEA in a couple weeks!).
Saxquest is thrilled to welcome back to the shop saxophonist and clarinetist, Victor Goines, this Wednesday evening January 14 at Saxquest from 7pm – 9pm as our inaugural event of the 2015 season.
In addition to the performance/clinic at Saxquest, be sure to check out his evening performances January 16 & 17 at Jazz at The Bistro featuring fellow Jazz at Lincoln Center artists Terell Stafford, Chris Crenshaw and Alvin Atkinson.
At Saxquest, Mr. Goines will be presenting a small ensemble jazz performance and clinic in an informal setting featuring an all-star St. Louis rhythm section. The event is free and open to the public and hosted at the Saxquest shop. Victor Goines has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993 and he’s currently the director of jazz studies at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. He has collaborated with a who’s who list of superstars in the jazz scene, and is also a gifted composer, having composed more than 70 original works, including Jazz at the Lincoln Center commissions. His latest release Twilight (2012) has received critical acclaim. Please come by to hear some great music, and have the opportunity to rub shoulders and talk to one of the great saxophonists and multi-reed instrumentalists today. Don’t miss this one……….See you on Wednesday evening!!
Its such a tremendous thrill for us to bring such a fantastic event to you and we thank Jazz at the Bistro for their help in support of this clinic.