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Saxquest Presents Mike Lomax Clarinet Mouthpiece Workshop – April 26

You are invited to a workshop designed for the student and professional. Mr. Lomax will be discussing how the design of the mouthpiece affects your sound, choosing the correct mouthpiece 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 purchase.

 
Mike Lomax brings fifty years of woodwind repair experience and twenty years of mouthpiece design expertise to this workshop for the student or professional clarinetist. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Saxquest Presents Frank Catalano Clinic/Performance – November 16

We’d love to invite you out for another great event at Saxquest. On Saturday, November 16, we’ll be hosting a clinic/performance with Frank Catalano from 2-4pm. As always the event is free and open to the public.

Frank is a Grammy Award winning high-energy jazz musician based out of Chicago. He started playing at an early age, and incredibly had performed with Miles Davis, Randy Brecker, Elvin Jones, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, Tony Bennett, and Louie Bellson, all before graduating high school! He then went on to record with Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, and John Legend, among others. His newest album Old Skool was just released this year. Frank is a Rico Reeds, Jody Jazz, and Yamaha artist.

This will be a fantastic event, please come out for some great music!

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Saxquest now stocking Fobes Clarinet and Sax Mouthpieces

We’ve just received shipment of a huge stock of new Clark W Fobes hand finished mouthpieces. We are very excited to carry this line of pieces. The Debut is a longtime favorite recommendation for students of both sax and clarinet, and his professional NOVA line is an exceptional hard rubber mouthpiece at a low price. We have these in stock for all instruments (even contrabass clarinet!), so head over the Saxquest Store and check them out! If you are near the shop in St Louis are you welcome to come by and try them. Also please check out Clark W Fobes’ website at http://www.clarkwfobes.com/

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Saxquest 2013 Clinic/Performance Series Presents Josh Quinlan – October 26

We are excited to welcome to the shop P. Mauriat artist Josh Quinlan as part of our 2013 Saxquest Clinic/Performance series. Dr. Quinlan will be here on Saturday, October 26, from 2-4pm.

Josh Quinlan is a saxophonist, composer, and educator based out of Colorado. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Studies from the University of Colorado, where he is currently an instructor. Quinlan also holds degrees from DePaul University and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He is an edorsing artist for P. Mauriat saxophones, Bari mouthpieces, and Gonzalez reeds.

Josh Quinlan is a high energy player with a very melodic approach. His latest album Open Space was released this year. Please come out for a great time! As always Saxquest events are FREE and open to the public.

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Saxquest Clarinet Performace/Masterclass – Steve Cohen – October 12

We are absolutely delighted to be hosting a clarinet performance/masterclass with Steve Cohen at Saxquest on October 12. Active as both a soloist and chamber performer throughout the U.S. and around the world, this is a great opportunity to hear and work with one of today’s truly great clarinet artists.

Steve Cohen is currently professor of clarinet at Northwestern University. He is the former principal clarinetist with the New Orleans Symphony, later known as the Louisiana Philharmonic (1975-2004). He was featured as concerto soloist with that orchestra many times and has also been featured as concerto soloist at the Brevard Music Center, where he has played and continues to play principal clarinet each summer since 1979

He has performed as principal clarinet with the Texas Opera Theater, Seoul Philharmonic, Music of the Baroque orchestra, and has played with the Chicago Symphony, Chicago Lyric Opera, and as a chamber musician throughout the Chicago area. Master classes and recitals include Thailand, Korea, China, Taiwan, Europe and the U.S. He has guest taught at the Oberlin Conservatory, USC, Indiana University among others and was previously on the faculty of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory and Louisiana State University. He hosted the 2001 ICA Convention in New Orleans. New York City born, his teachers include, Loren Kitt, Larry McDonald, Karl Leister and Robert Marcellus.

Steve is also an artist/clinician for Buffet clarinets and a Legere reed artist. We’re grateful to Buffet-Group for the help in supporting this clinic. We’ll have several new Buffet clarinets on hand for trial as well.

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