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Saxquest presents An Evening with SCOTT ANDREWS – this Thursday-September 22, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Scott AndrewsSaxquest and Clarinetquest are thrilled to invite you all to a very special clarinet event THIS Thursday evening at our new West County location, September 22, from 6:30-8:30pm. Saxquest-West is located just behind the Steinway Piano Gallery right next to Midwest Sheet Music (see address below). We’re so delighted to offer an evening masterclass with St. Louis Principal Clarinetist, Scott Andrews.

Mr. Andrews will be presenting a masterclass in the relaxed environment of the Steinway Piano Gallery Recital Hall. This is an incredible opportunity to gleam some insights from one of our country’s top performing artists.

Whether you are playing for Scott as part of this masterclass or coming to just listen in, you’ll walk away with lots of new ideas and insights into the clarinet. Definitely try to check this out if you can!!!

Praised as “elegant” in the Boston Globe and “extraordinary” by the New York Times, Scott Andrews has been critically acclaimed in solo and chamber music performances across the country. A sought-after collaborative musician, Andrews has performed with many of today’s leading artists, and as an avid proponent of new music, he has performed with organizations such as Composers in Red Sneakers, the Auros Group for New Music, and Boston Musica Viva. He has toured and performed with such ensembles as the Ying String Quartet, the Calyx Piano Trio, and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, among many others. Andrews has been Principal Clarinet of the St. Louis Symphony since 2005. Before joining the STL Symphony, Andrews had been a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 11 years. He has also performed in the U.S. with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and with the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the Mito Chamber Orchestra in Japan.

Andrews has lectured and given classes throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Japan. He was for many years the Woodwind Department Chair at Boston Conservatory and a faculty member of the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. June 2013 marked his third season as co-Director of the Missouri Chamber Music Festival, an annual collaborative festival in Webster Groves, Missouri, which he founded with his wife, pianist Nina Ferrigno. He joined the faculty of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, in July 2013.

Originally from Virginia, Scott Andrews studied piano and violin before discovering the clarinet, studying with Edward Knakal of Virginia Beach. He attended the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts and also studied at the Interlochen Music Center in Michigan. He graduated with distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a clarinet student of Harold Wright.

Saxquest West address: 2614 Metro Blvd., Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Be sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming Saxquest events.

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Saxquest Free Concert Artist Series – ALEX TERRIER – Sept 17

Alex TerrierSaxquest is honored and thrilled to host a FREE clinic/performance and open house at the shop on Saturday, September 17 with saxophonist, Alex Terrier. Alex is one of those rare musicians with the ability to absolutely captivate an audience and entangle you in his snare of musical ideas and creativity. Prolific as both a composer and a performer, his music is always fresh yet steeped in a straight ahead tradition. Alex will be performing with an all-star local St. Louis rhythm section (Eric Slaughter – gtr, Ben Wheeler – bass, Drew Weiss – dr).

“Alex is a very gifted and expressive saxophonist. He has shown in performance a very strong developing conception as a composer and a soloist.” – Joe Lovano

This will be an event to celebrate the new Buffet SENZO saxophone. Alex is a Buffet SENZO and Keilwerth saxophone artist. His quartet performance will be from 2-4PM but we invite you to come out either an hour before or hang for an hour afterwards to try out the new SENZO saxophone. We’ll have several here in stock in both copper and silver plate finishes. We’ll also have several Keilwerth saxophones on hand to demo. Al Maniscalco (Buffet Crampon and Keilwerth Product Manager) and Steve Rorie (regional sales manager for Buffet-Crampon) will be in the shop. This is a great opportunity to meet and talk with the people who actually make these incredible instruments.

Born in Paris, France, in 1980, Alex Terrier burst onto the scene with an energetic, passionate, and distinct sound that has captured the attention of audiences and musicians across the globe! He manages his own bands both in North America with the “Alex Terrier New York Quartet” and Europe with the “Alex Terrier European Quintet” and he’s increasingly present in South America. He’s also part of the legendary Mingus Big Band. His 2014 release, Alex Terrier New York Quartet (feat. Kenny Barron), is amazing!

Alex has dedicated his life to music and I think this quote sums up his passion succinctly: “My goal is simple: try to create some beauty and share it.”

Its an honor for us to present Alex Terrier to St. Louis. I hope to see you all out to Saxquest for this amazing performance and clinic.

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TWO New Upcoming Events @ Saxquest and @ Saxquest West

We have some very nice events coming up here at Saxquest over the next couple months. Mark these days on your calendar and come out! As long as we keep getting people showing up, we’ll keep lining up fantastic events.

As previously announced, we will be hosting Keilwerth and Buffet SENZO artist Alex Terrier at Saxquest on Saturday, September 17, from 1pm – 5pm. This will be an open house-style event with a performance in the middle, with more details listed here.

The following week, on Thursday September 22, St Louis Symphony’s Principal Clarinetist Scott Andrews will present a clinic and masterclass out near the new Saxquest West location, in the Steinway Piano Gallery. The time is still to be set on this event, but it will be in the evening.

More details about each of these events will be forthcoming, so stay tuned.

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Buffet SENZO Clinic & Performance @ Saxquest – September 17

senzoIt’s a little ways out, but mark your calendars now for an exciting event at Saxquest coming up in September. On Saturday, September 17, from 1pm – 5pm, Saxquest will be hosting a Buffet Group day at the Cherokee St store. We will be highlighting the Buffet SENZO alto saxophone, and there will be plenty on hand to play-test and compare. Come see what all the talk is about regarding this top-of-the-line professional saxophone. This will be an open-house style event, and you are welcome to stop by with your mouthpiece and test out a few of these extremely fine saxes. Keilwerth and Buffet SENZO artist Alex Terrier will be giving a clinic, and from 2pm – 4pm, we’ll also have a performance by Buffet Group USA Director of Sales and Group Keilwerth Product Manager Al Maniscalco, accompanied by an all-star local rhythm section. Come on down to the shop for some great music, it will be a fun hang! Stay tuned for more details as it gets closer.

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Clarinetquest now LIVE & Saxquest has a new 2nd Location!

Two separate exciting pieces of news, long in the coming here at Saxquest.

First, after much preparation and tweaking, Clarinetquest is now live! This is a totally new website for all you clarinet players out there. Saxquest has continued to expand our clarinet selection over the last few years, and it is long past time that we have a dedicated website for that part of our business. Clarinetquest is just for clarinet players, showcasing all of our current stock of professional and student clarinets as well as all of the accessories. You can continue to find these items on Saxquest too, that won’t change, but if you are just looking at clarinets and don’t want to see the pesky saxophone stuff in the way, definitely head over to Clarinetquest and try it out!

Second, we are finally on the cusp of opening a second location. Saxquest West will be throwing the doors open in the next week or two. Located at 2614 Metro Blvd in Maryland Heights, right near the intersection of I-270 and Dorsett Rd, this location is great for our customers in Chesterfield or St Charles who don’t want to drive all the way into the city. For local musicians, this is right next door to Midwest Sheet Music (formerly MR Music) and Steinway Piano Gallery. More than just saxophones and clarinets, this new store will also have brass and strings on hand too. The main Saxquest location on Cherokee St will still be the go-to spot for vintage and professional saxophones and clarinets, as well as high-end professional and vintage mouthpieces, but the new Saxquest West will have plenty to offer for those that live a little further out, and will save a lot of miles on your car!

That’s not all the news for Saxquest either. We have some extremely exciting ideas in the early development stages, but things are moving quickly and look for some big announcements this fall about further expansions and new events. We’ll keep striving to help our local and long-distance customers find the best instrument or mouthpiece, or offer advice if that is all you need.

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SAXQUEST FREE ARTIST SERIES – ED CALLE – THIS Saturday July 16 from 2-4pm

Ed CalleIts hard for me to put into words just how exciting this announcement is. Saxquest is beyond thrilled to host a FREE clinic/performance at the shop THIS Saturday with 2015 Latin Grammy Award Winner for Best Instrumental Album and 5X Grammy nominee, Ed Calle (July 16 from 2-4PM). Calle is one of the world’s most respected, dazzling, prolific, and versatile musical artists and has become one of the most recorded saxophonists in history appearing on more than 1,200 albums, almost 9,000 singles. Ed will be performing with an all-star local St. Louis rhythm section (Adam Maness – pn, Ben Wheeler – bass, Tony Barbata – dr). Ed Calle is a living legend by any definition of the term.

YOU WANT TO SEE THIS SHOW!!! TRUST ME!!!

“Ed is likely the most versatile saxophonist on the planet.” – Michael Brecker

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Calle’s energetic, passionate, and distinct sound has captured the attention of audiences and musicians across the globe! He has recorded and performed around the world with music royalty including Frank Sinatra, Carlos Santana, Juan Luis Guerra, Arturo Sandoval, Phil Ramone, Emilio Estefan, Chick Corea, Michael and Randy Brecker, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Poncho Sanchez, Willy Chirino, John Patitucci, and the list goes on and on and on….. Calle’s television work includes an almost decade-long stint as saxophonist in the Sabado Gigante Orchestra and appearances as a soloist with various artists on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman and more.

In addition to earning the 2015 Best Instrumental Album Latin Grammy® for Dr. Ed Calle Presents Mamblue, Calle also garnered a 2014 Latin Grammy® nomination and 2015 Grammy® nomination as a member of the Afro-Cuban Funk Super group PALO for their album PALO! Live. Among his many solo recordings, Ed Calle Plays Santana earned a Latin Grammy® nomination in 2005. In the Zone features original jazz compositions and jazz standards and earned a Latin Grammy nomination in 2007. His 2015 Latin Grammy® winning solo release Dr. Ed Calle Presents Mamblue, is an Afro-Cuban jazz orchestral spectacular featuring more than 115 of the most influential jazz and studio musicians in the history of South Florida. The first studio record by the World Music 5, America, features chamber jazz orchestrations of original and classic music from the Americas with an all-star quintet that includes Negroni’s Trio and violinist Federico Britos. Exploring the duo realm with his longtime friend and colleague Jose Negroni, Calle is also featured on the Latin Grammy® Award nominated 2015 Sony Records release Negroni +9.

From the White House lawn to many of the great concert halls around the globe, Calle’s compositions and arrangements are performed and recorded regularly by a myriad of ensembles ranging from chamber groups to orchestras. Besides being an internationally acclaimed jazz performer and prolific composer and arranger, Dr. Calle is in great demand as a jazz clinician and enjoys working with students. He serves as Tenured Full Professor of Music Business and Production at Miami Dade College. Calle has produced and released more than 10 solo albums, owns and operates 36th Street Music Records and Publishing, One-Take Recording Studios, and leads a variety of ensembles including Dr. Ed Calle & Mamblue, Ed Calle & Strings, Ed Calle & DoubleTalk, and the Ed Calle Acoustic Quartet. In addition to his busy touring schedule as a solo artist, Calle tours the globe as the featured soloist with the Afro-Cuban Funk Super group PALO, the Miami Saxophone Quartet, the World Music 5, the 14 Jazz Orchestra, and the Jaco Pastorious Word of Mouth Revisited Big Band. Ed Calle is sponsored by MACSAX Saxophones and Mouthpieces.

Its an honor to bring to St. Louis such an esteemed musician as Ed Calle. I hope to see you all out to Saxquest for this amazing performance and clinic.

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Saxquest Free Artist Series – Atlas Saxophone Duo – Jeffrey Collins and Jessica Knopf

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We are thrilled to present the Saxquest performance debut of the Atlas Saxophone Duo. In doing so, we welcome a pair of supremely talented saxophonists who I guarentee will give an emotionally honest and refreshing performance. Classical saxophonists Jessica Knoft and Jeffery Collins will be here this Saturday, July 9, from 2-4PM.

With degrees in clarinet and saxophone, Jeffrey Collins enjoys an exciting career as a freelance musician and educator. 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, was a finalist in the Geneva Concours, and in 2016 was named a D’Addario Reserve Method Artist.

A specialist in contemporary literature and techniques, saxophonist Jessica Knopf has degrees from Bowling Green State University and the University of Missouri. As a soloist, she has performed in the United States and Europe and in 2012 gave the world premiere of Chen Yi’s “The Soulful and the Perpetual” at the World Saxophone Congress in Scotland. A winner of numerous awards and competitions, Jessica maintains an active teaching studio and is also on the faculty of the Community Music School of Webster University.

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TWO GREAT SAXQUEST events with veteran tenor saxophonist – DOUG LAWRENCE

 

Doug Lawrence

TUESDAY: June 14 (6:30-8:30PM) – Doug Lawrence featured guest artist with the Saxquest Jazz Orchestra at The Tavern of Fine Arts

WEDNESDAY: June 15 (5-7PM) – Doug Lawrence Quartet LIVE in concert at Saxquest

Tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence proved invincible, his technique so fluid and his sound so huge as to dwarf everyone playing near him. – Howard Reich – CHICAGO TRIBUNE

We’ve got some very exciting news at Saxquest! Saxquest and Tenor Madness have teamed up to present two amazing performances featuring veteran tenor saxophonist, Doug Lawrence, next week Tuesday and Wednesday as shown above. As always, these events are free and open to the public.

With a sound as big as a house and pronounced influences from Dexter Gordon, Paul Gonsalvez and Ben Webster coming through in his playing, lead tenor-man with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Doug Lawrence gives a must see performance for any saxophonist or jazz lover.

Doug Lawrence is currently lead tenor with the 18-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. Be sure to put his latest release, Night Flight – due out this winter, on your Christmas list!

His Tuesday performance will be as guest artist with the Saxquest little big band (nonet). Joining Doug for his Wednesday quartet performance will be an all star St. Louis rhythm section featuring Adam Maness on piano, Ben Wheeler on bass and Drew Weiss on drums.

Doug is a longtime friend of the shop and it is a joy to present his musicianship to St. Louis. Mr. Lawrence is a TM Custom artist and we are delighted to stock these fine instrument in our store.

Please share these exciting events with as many people as you know.

Also mark your calendar:
Sat July 9 – 2PM-4PM – JEFF COLLINS & JESSICA KNOPF duet
Tues July 14 – 6:30-8:30PM – Saxquest Jazz Orchestra (at Tavern of Fine Arts)
Sat July 16 – 2PM-4PM – ED CALLE
Tues Aug 9 – 6:30-8:30PM – Saxquest Jazz Orchestra (at Tavern of Fine Arts)

Saxquest address: 2114 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO 63118
Tavern of Fine Arts address: 313 Belt Ave, St. Louis, MO 63112

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Saxquest Free Concert Artist Series – Pedro Saxo & Derek Brown- This Saturday MAY 28 from 2-4PM

We are thrilled to kick off our summer clinic/performance series this year with a VERY special event. We welcome a pair of truly innovative performers, two players who are uniquely expanding the boundaries of musical imagination and the limits of what the saxophone can do. PEDRO SAXO & DEREK BROWN will be here at Saxquest this Saturday, May 28, from 2-4pm.

Individually, they are supremely talented, innovators of the saxophone and together evince a strong creative force to be reckoned with. They are simply mind-blowing and present a powerful concert like nothing you’ve ever experienced. Check out Extreme Saxophone x2.

‘Pedrosaxo is the Bobby McFerrin of the saxophone!’ – Jeff Coffin

‘Derek Brown – Solo saxophone like you’ve NEVER heard it before!.’ – CD Baby

You may know him from YouTube, check this out this fresh take on the 60′s iconic classic Stand By Me. Derek Brown has thrilled and enlightened audiences around the world with his ground-breaking “BEATBoX SAX” style, using innovative, mind-bending techniques to take the saxophone where it’s never gone before! His musicianship is mesmerizing. The freshness and creativity that he can bring to a standard is inspiring.

Derek BrownAfter pursuing graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Derek Brown went on to be the Director of Jazz Studies at Abilene Christian University, in Abilene, Texas for six years. Now living in Chicago with his wife Rachel, Derek has hit the ground running as a full-time professional freelance saxophonist, a dream he’s had since he picked up the horn in middle school. Without any looping or electronic effects, Derek performs intricate originals and a surprisingly wide range of old and new standards: everything from Bach to Bieber! In his bold new style, Derek simultaneously mixes dozens of classic saxophone extended techniques like slap tonguing, multiphonics, and double tonguing, as well as many of his own innovations like striking the sax with rings, singing lyrics while playing, and even putting an egg shaker in the horn. All of these elements work together to create a surprisingly full, polyphonic sound (percussion + bass lines + melodies) all with one traditionally monophonic instrument, the tenor sax.

Pedro SaxoPedrosaxo 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.

Since finishing his saxophone studies with honors at the Conservatory of Granada (Spain), Pedro Saxo (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 originality and traditional saxophone.

Check out a preview of PerdoSaxo on You Tube here and here!

Pedro Saxo is a Vandoren endorsing artist and we thank Vandoren for their support of this event! There will be several giveaways from Vandoren so don’t miss out. Derick Brown is endorsed by Legere Reeds, JodyJazz Mouthpieces, and P. Mauriat Saxophones. As always our events are FREE and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Also mark your calendar:
​Tues June 14 – 6:30-8:30PM – DOUG LAWRENCE with the Saxquest Jazz Orchestra (at Tavern of Fine Arts)
Wed June 15 – 5-7PM – DOUG LAWRENCE
Sat July 9 – 2PM-4PM – JEFF COLLINS & JESSICA KNOPF duet
Sat July 16 – 2PM-4PM – ED CALLE

Saxquest address: 2114 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO 63118
Tavern of Fine Arts address: 313 Belt Ave, St. Louis, MO 63112

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Saxquest Concert Artist Series – NEW THIRD STREAM QUARTET – THIS Saturday May 21 from 2-4pm

New Third Stream QuartetI welcome everyone out to Saxquest this Saturday May 21 from 2-4pm for a very special saxophone performance with The New Third Stream Quartet!!! These guys will blow your mind. If you love the saxophone, MAKE SURE YOU GET DOWN HERE!! The New Third Stream Quartet performs new music that combines the rhythmic and improvisatory language of jazz with elements of modern chamber composition. The energy and flexibility of jazz improvisation is balanced with the rich harmonic and timbral colors of 21st century chamber music. To get the New Third Stream Quartet to St. Louis is a really big deal! Please remember that our motivation to host these unique concerts directly correlates with the number of people who come out to see them. I hope to see you out this Saturday. As always, this is a free event and open to the public.

The quartet’s repertoire consists entirely of commissioned works and the ensemble is dedicated to encouraging composers to unite jazz and classical styles. Check out their music on their latest Teal Creek Music recording One For Four.

The quartet is composed of highly accomplished jazz and classical saxophonists, and their performances focus on achieving the same level of precision and communication that can be found in traditional saxophone quartets. Members include:

Rick VanMatre -soprano saxophone
James Bunte – alto saxophone
Peter Sommer – tenor saxophone
James Romain – bari saxophone

Rick VanMatre is Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the conservatory’s former Director of Jazz Studies. He’s one of the most exploratory saxophonists in the world of jazz and classical music and has presented solo recitals and jazz club performances in the US, Europe, Israel, Brazil, and Asia. He is widely recognized for bringing a unique, identifiable voice to a variety of genres. He has performed with such diverse ensembles as the Duke Ellington Orchestra led by Mercer Ellington, the Woody Herman Orchestra led by Frank Tiberi, Roland Vazquez’s contemporary Latin groups, and artists like John McNeil, Tim Hagans, and Gene Bertoncini.

VanMatre’s art is without comparison; his technique exact, yet smooth, his expression poignant and personal… – Chicago Star

As a classical saxophonist, he has recorded interactive drama/music videos with composer/bassist Frank Proto, has appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, concert:nova, and James Conlon’s Linton Series, and has been a concerto soloist with the New York Repertory Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Sichuan Symphony Orchestra (China), Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, Middletown Symphony, and Illinois Philharmonic. He holds the soprano chair in the New Third Stream Saxophone Quartet.

Mr. VanMatre is an endorsing artist for Selmer Saxophones.

James Bunte is currently Associate Professor of Saxophone and Division Head at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. As a concert saxophonist, Bunte is an active recitalist, giving recitals and master classes throughout the United States, France, Thailand, Scotland, Japan, and Taiwan.

Dr. Bunte is the regular saxophonist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Lyrique en Mer Orchestra (France), Dayton Philharmonic, Lexington Philharmonic, Louisville Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Richmond Symphony (IN), Kentucky Symphony, Springfield Symphony (OH) and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra.

Dr. Bunte is also an experienced jazz musician, having toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and having performed with Ray Charles, Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, Dick Hyman, Byron Stripling, John Pizzarelli, Stefan Carlsson, Cook, Dixon and Young, and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Bunte has been on the faculty at the University of Oregon, Miami University (OH) and Northern Kentucky University, but he also has public school experience at a Kentucky high school.

James Bunte is a Yamaha and D’Addario Endorsing Artist.

Peter Sommer is Associate Professor of Jazz Studies and Saxophone at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. He continues to contribute his energetic tenor playing and creative spirit to a wide variety of musical projects ranging from mainstream bebop to avant garde and beyond at venues across the nation and around the world. Peter has released three albums as a leader – Sioux County (2006) on Tapestry Records, featuring his original compositions in duo with jazz piano legend Art lande, Crossroads (2008) on Capri Records, featuring a two-tenor frontline with the great NYC saxophonist Rich Perry, and Tremolo Canteen (2010) on Dazzle Recordings.

(Sommer) is the possessor of a dark, gritty sound, clean, fast technique, melodic ideas and a true understanding of the post-bebop style. – May 2009 Saxophone Journal

In addition to being an active mainstay in the jazz world, performing in more groups than can be counted, both as a sideman and as a leader, Peter has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra.

James Romain serves as Professor of Saxophone and Associate Director of Jazz Studies at Drake University. He embraces diverse genres of music and is active regionally, nationally, and internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, clinician, and jazz performer. Dr. Romain actively contributes to the growing body of compositions and pedagogical literature for the instrument through his pursuit of commissions, recording projects, and published articles. He has firmly established a national and international reputation as a committed advocate for new music, with 22 commissions, co-commissions, and dedications written, performed, and recorded as a direct result of his efforts.

James Romain is a superb performer on saxophone with a bright, clear, and resonant sound that is not often heard. His interpretive skills are the equal of his saxophone technique, giving the listener a rare treat of a consummate performer. Every aspect of his playing is to be greatly applauded. – Saxophone Journal Vol. 34/No 3 (Jan/Feb 2010)

James Romain is a Selmer and D’Addario Endorsing Artist.

Also mark your calendar:
Sat May 28 – 2-4PM: PEDROSAXO and DEREK BROWN – Extreme Saxophone x2
​Tues June 14 – 6:30-8:30PM – DOUG LAWRENCE with the Saxquest Jazz Orchestra (at Tavern of Fine Arts)
Wed June 15 – 5-7PM – DOUG LAWRENCE
Sat July 9 – 2PM-4PM – JEFF COLLINS & JESSICA KNOPF duet
Sat July 16 – 2PM-4PM – ED CALLE

Saxquest address: 2114 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO 63118
Tavern of Fine Arts address: 313 Belt Ave, St. Louis, MO 63112

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