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.
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.