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ALL the NEW News at Saxquest!

There is lots of exciting news coming up at Saxquest over the next couple months, and it’s time to start the unveiling!

First and foremost, the Grand Opening of the new Saxquest West location is happening on Saturday, August 12, from 10am – 4pm. Our new location is located in Maryland Heights, MO, at 2614 Metro Blvd, close to the I-270/Dorsett Rd intersection (in the same plaza as Midwest Sheet Music and the Steinway Piano Gallery). Over the years, we’ve heard from many loyal customers that we should have a store closer to the west county area, for all of those who find it hard to get down into the city. We have listened! Many of you may have visited the new store over the past few weeks during our soft opening, but we are finally ready to blow the doors open and make our presence known. Come out on the 12th to see the new store. Bring a mouthpiece to play a horn, bring a reed to play a mouthpiece, or just bring yourself! Please note that our regular location on Cherokee St will be closed that day.

To go along with the opening of our new store, we are finally able to unveil the Saxquest Woodwind Teaching Institute. This studio will offer lessons for players of all ages and levels, from beginner to advanced, from some of the top musicians and teachers in the area. We will begin by offering lessons for all of the woodwind instruments, but this may grow to include brass and string in the future. With flexible times available at both the West and Cherokee St locations, and competitive rates, we hope you give us a shot to help this program grow. In addition to your weekly lesson, opportunities to perform in ensembles and recitals with your peers will be available. Program director Elliot Russo will be on hand at the Saxquest West Grand Opening to answer any questions.

Another new, exciting offering by Saxquest will be our new rental program. We’ve been hesitant to offer rentals in the past, but again, a strong demand from our customers has brought us around. Starting around the end of August or beginning of September, you will finally be able to rent saxophones and clarinets. For those sax players out there, we will be offering our own Saxquest brand saxophones. The Saxquest saxophone will come in two varieties, with a beginner model for new players, and a better intermediate model for advancing students. These horns won’t yet be on hand at the Grand Opening, but we hope you come back later and check them out. As always, violin and string rentals are still available through Top Notch Violins at the Saxquest West location.

More immediate, our next monthly local showcase will feature St Louis Symphony saxophonist Jeffrey Collins and his quartet. This event will be on August 5, from 2pm – 4pm, at Saxquest on Cherokee. If you want to see some serious technical ability on the saxophone, you won’t want to miss this one! More details to follow very soon.

Finally, mark your calendars for the second annual Saxquest Expo. This year it will fall on Saturday, November 11, at the Sheraton Westport Chalet in Westport Plaza (same location as last year). We had a tremendous turnout last year, and we hope everyone who came, will do so again, and bring your friends! Once again, we will have representatives from all of the major companies showcasing instruments, mouthpieces, and accessories for all woodwind instruments. This is something that we hope continues to grow, so your support will be appreciated. Even if you have no immediate plans to purchase a new instrument, you won’t find a better place in the area to try so many different models at the same location. I promise it will be a good time!

That’s all the news I’ve got. Check back for more details about these events as they get closer, and we hope to see you at Saxquest West on August 12.

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Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcase #7 Featuring Kendrick Smith, Saturday July 15

We are very excited to present Kendrick Smith for this months Local Monthly Saxophonist Showcase, on Saturday, July 15 from 2pm-4pm. Kendrick has been on the rise here in St. Louis for several years now, and is definitely one of our favorite local Alto players. He is also one the only guys we know of who is playing a straight alto full time.

Saxophonist Kendrick Smith was born in East St. Louis, where he attended East St louis Senior High School. While attending high school he began studying with Renown Saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett, who played with Charles Mingus as well as being a founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet. After high school he received a scholarship to attended SIUE where he studied with Jason Swagler. Since college he has continued to play in the St. Louis area playing with his own band as well as playing in other bands around town. His accolades include playing Baritone Sax for Grammy Award winning singer Dennis Edwards and the Temptations, World renown poet Ntozake Shange, opening for the Stylistics, as well as composing trailer music for an Independent film in Hollywood.

You won’t want to miss this months showcase! Kendrick Smith will be accompanied by some of the best rhythm section players St. Louis has to offer. The rhythm section will be Adam Maness on Piano, Bob Deboo on Bass, and Kaleb Kirby on Drums.

If you can’t make it to the show be sure to check out the video as we will be live streaming it on Facebook.

Upcoming Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcases:
Saturday Aug 5 – Jeff Collins Quartet
Saturday Sept TBD – Joel Vanderheyden
Saturday Oct TBD – Dave Stone
Saturday Nov TBD – Kristian Baarsvik
Saturday Dec TBD – Freddie Washington

Saxquest West Grand Opening – August 12

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Adam Larson @ Saxquest THIS TUESDAY NIGHT! – June 13 at 6:30pm

I welcome everyone out to Saxquest tomorrow June 13 from 6:30-8pm for a very special concert. We’ll be hosting P. Mauriat endorsing artist, Adam Larson, and his all-star packed quartet. Also featured will be Matt Wilson on drums, Matt Sewell on guitar and Bob DeBoo on bass. Adam is a brilliant saxophonist and Matt Wilson is one of the most creative drummers on the scene today. Mix these two guys with St. Louis’ top talent in the likes of Bob DeBoo and Matt Sewell and this promises to be a very special concert. Oh yeah, and it is a free event and open to the public.

WHEN: TOMORROW: Tuesday June 13, 6:30-8PM at Saxquest

Hailing from New York, Larson keeps an active schedule with his various groups and as a sideman performing and recording with a virtual who’s-who of jazz over the past several year. Released in January of 2013, Larson’s debut album “Simple Beauty” and Larson’s follow up album (released in September of 2013), entitled “Overdue Ovation”, have received high praise from critics. His latest record, “Selective Amnesia” was released on Inner Circle Music in 2015.

As a leader and sideman Adam has been part of several tours across the country and around the world, and also maintains a busy schedule as a clinician and master class presenter.

Described by critic Howard Reich of The Chicago-Tribune as “a player for whom the word ‘prodigious’ was coined”, Larson was selected as a member of the inaugural Manhattan School of Music Jazz Institute where he completed his Master’s with honors and received the William H. Borden Award for outstanding performance in Jazz Performance in 2014.

Saxquest has been fortunate to know Adam for many years and to watch him develop his artistry. He has become a top national-level jazz artist in every sense of the phrase. Audiences are blown away by his technical facility and creativity.

Larson endorses P. Mauriat Saxophones and D’Addario Woodwinds and we’d like to thank them for their support. Please come out for some great music!!

Other Upcoming Events:
Saturday July 15 – Kendrick Smith
Saturday Aug 5 – Jeff Collins Quartet
Saturday Sept TBD – Joel Vanderheyden
Saturday Oct TBD – Dave Stone
Saturday Nov TBD – Kristian Baarsvik
Saxquest address: 2114 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO 63118

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Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcase #6 Chris Braig 3=1 Trio – Saturday June 10


We are very excited to present Chris Braig’s 3=1 Trio here at Saxquest. The 3=1 Trio consists of three of the top call Jazz Musicians in the St. Louis area. Alongside Chris we will see Ben Wheeler on Bass and Steve Davis on Drums. Ben and Steve are easily two of the most in demand rhythm section players in the city of St. Louis, keeping a very busy schedule of gigs and teaching.

For this showcase Chris really wants to focus more on his persuit of education and teaching Jazz. The 3=1 Trio will be performing from 2-3pm and from 3-4 Chris Braig and the Trio will be working with students. PLEASE BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS TO THIS SHOWCASE. Chris will be presenting his approaches to learning how to play Jazz from the books that he has written: Jazz Brain Training and Stacking the Saxophone. He will have books and cds for sale.

Chris has been a very big part of the St. Louis music education scene for several years now, and we can’t wait to see his performance and learn more about his educational approaches to learning Jazz. For more information about Christopher Braig follow the link to his website.
http://www.jazzbraintraining.com/the-author.html

Upcoming Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcases:
Saturday July 15 – Kendrick Smith
Saturday Aug 5 – Jeff Collins and the Renegade Saxophone Quartet
Saturday Sept TBD – Joel Vanderheyden
Saturday Oct TBD – Dave Stone
Saturday Nov TBD – Kristian Baarsvik
Saturday Dec TBD – Freddie Washington

Other Upcoming Performances:
Tuesday June 13 – Adam Larson

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Saxquest Free Concert Artist Series – Antonio HART – Saturday June 3

Saxquest is thrilled to partner with Jazz St. Louis – Jazz at the Bistro to welcome internationally renown saxophonist, composer, and educator, Antonio Hart, this Saturday (6/3) from 2-4pm. Mr. Hart will be performing with a small ensemble being assembled by the great pianist, Phil Dunlap. Hart’s depth of experience seems limitless as he has performed worldwide and recorded more than 100 albums with such eminent jazz artists as Nat Adderley, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Brown, Cyrus Chestnut, Dizzy Gillespie, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Dave Holland and many more. Hart’s 1997 release, “Here I Stand,” was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo. The opportunity to host Antonio Hart live at Saxquest seems almost a dream, except for the fact that its really happening! Make sure you’re a part of it, THIS SATURDAY!!

In The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band I’ve had the opportunity to sit in the second alto saxophone chair next to the likes of Jerome Richardson, Jerry Dodgion, and the Great Frank Wess. These teachers gave me a wealth of knowledge that I know could not be learned in school. – Antonio Hart

Antonio Hart has been long recognized as one of the most talented instrumentalist of his generation. In recent years he has also been recognized as an important jazz educator. He has performed and recorded with many jazz greats from Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hargrove, Nancy Wilson, Nat Adderley, and McCoy Tyner to Dave Holland. Hart’s study of Jazz began at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There, he studied with Bill Pierce, Andy McGhee and Joe Viola. The three teachers gave him the foundation he needed to develop into a professional musician. Because of the lessons learned at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Hart really thought it was important to have a balance between music and academia, so in his sophomore year he became a Music Education Major. He made many friends at Berklee, but the most important was Roy Hargrove. They spent three years touring the world and recording Hargrove’s first three records. Hart considers Hargrove to be his brother in life and music. He even used Hargrove on his first recording “For the First Time”. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Hart also worked on a Master’s Degree at Queens College. There he had the opportunity to learn from the great Jimmy Heath and Donald Byrd. Hart felt blessed and honored when Mr. Heath produced his second recording “Don’t You Know I Care.” His 1997 release, ‘Here I Stand’ Impulse records, earned Hart a 1997 Grammy nomination for “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo’ He has also been in much demand as a guest on over 100 recordings, and seven CDs as a leader. The latest, ‘All we Need’ Chiaroscuro Records. After 12 years at Queens College Hart was promoted to Full Professor. Hart also maintains an extensive performance schedule and continues to conduct workshops and clinics throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He feels very blessed to have the balance of teaching, as well as, traveling around the world. In his off time, he practices martial arts, and listens to other styles of music for inspiration. Hart is constantly trying to honor his many teachers by continuing to study music and teach to the best of his ability.

Upcoming Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcases:
Saturday June 10 – Christopher Braig
Tuesday June 13 – Adam Larson
Saturday July 15 – Kendrick Smith
Saturday Aug 5 – Jeff Collins and the Renegade Saxophone Quartet
Saturday Sept TBD – Joel Vanderheyden
Saturday Oct TBD – Dave Stone
Saturday Nov TBD – Kristian Baarsvik
Saturday Dec TBD – Freddie Washington

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Saxquest Free Concert Artist Series – GREG TARDY – Thursday May 25

Saxquest is thrilled to welcome internationally renown saxophonist, Greg Tardy this Thursday evening (5/25) from 6-8pm – live at Saxquest. Greg will be performing with a trio that also features the great Montez Coleman on drums and Ben Wheeler on bass. This is a truly a unique opportunity to hear one of today’s great saxophone artists. As the saxophonist who cut his teeth with legends like Elvin Jones and Andrew Hill, Greg represents a direct link to the masters who came before. While deeply rooted in the tradition, he continues to push the musical jazz envelope, just as his mentors did in their day.

Music is an expression of the soul and I always try to speak through my horn – Greg Tardy

In 1992, Tardy recorded his first solo project, Crazy Love. 1992 is also the year that he was picked up by Elvin Jones Jazz Machine, a relationship that lasted several years. During the time with the legendary Elvin Jones, Tardy felt that it was finally time to move to the Big Apple. In New York, he went on to perform and record with an extremely large array of prominent artists including: Tom Harrell, Dave Douglas, Wynton Marsalis, Jay McShann, Steve Coleman, Betty Carter, James Moody, Bill Frisell, Rashied Ali , John Patitucci, and many more. In 1999, Tardy began to play in various bands led by the great Andrew Hill; a relationship that has lasted many years and produced several highly acclaimed recordings. He has also performed and/or recorded alongside many other notable saxophonists, such as Joe Lovano, Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Dewey Redman, Ravi Coltrane, and many others. In more recent years, Tardy has gone full circle, bringing his clarinet out of retirement, using it on recordings by Tom Harrell, Ohad Talmor/Steve Swallow, Stefan Harris, and Andrew Hill.

“In my band, I try to explore new things, although I usually keep the tradition in the back of my head, as well. I really respect the tradition…but I try not to let it stop me from going for stuff that I hear. I also respect what’s going on now, in jazz-and it influences me.” In March 1998, Tardy’s first major label project as a leader was released for Impulse Records, Serendipity. He received great critical acclaim for this record and was nominated as Best Debut Artist for the New York Jazz Awards. In the fall he toured Europe on the Rising Stars Tour and when he returned he began to plan his next record. A casualty of the merger of Verve and GRP, he decided to record for a smaller label, J Curve Records. His third album, The Hidden Light, was released in April 2000 to rave reviews. In 2001, Tardy explored freer elements of jazz on a CD entitled, Abundance. Recorded on the Palmetto label, this CD also received much critical acclaim. Four years later, Tardy began recording for the Steeplechase label. His releases to date are: The Truth, Steps of Faith, He Knows My Name, The Strongest Love, Monuments, and Standards & More. His next release, Hope, is due out in January 2014. Tardy continues to perform internationally as well as teach at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

I can’t say enough how thrilled we are to be hosting Greg Tardy. This has been years in the making. I encourage you all to come check out as much of it as you can. Its doubtful this opportunity will present itself again anytime soon. I hope to see you on Thursday evening!!!

Also mark your calendar:
Saturday June 3 – Antonio Hart
Tuesday June 13 – Adam Larson
Thusday July 20 – JD Parran

Upcoming Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcases:
Saturday June 10 – Christopher Braig
Saturday July 15 – Kendrick Smith
Saturday Aug 5 – Jeff Collins Quartet
Saturday Sept TBD – Joel Vanderheyden
Saturday Oct TBD – Dave Stone
Saturday Nov TBD – Kristian Baarsvik
Saturday Dec TBD – Freddie Washington

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Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcase #5 Featuring Hugh Jones – Saturday May 20

Local Saxophonist and Educator Hugh Jones has been one of the most in demand saxophonists in the St. Louis area for over 20 years now. Hugh graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1992 with a Bachelor of Music Performance, and received a Master of Music degree in 1997 at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He has been a staple of Jazz Education in the St. Louis area teaching Jazz at Chaminade College Preparatory School, Westminster Christian Academy, and Crossroads College Preparatory. Hugh also served as adjunct professor in the Jazz department at University of Missouri St. Louis from 2008 to 2014.

Hugh has performed multiple times on saxophone with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, sometimes as a soloist. He has also performed with The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Mulgrew Miller, Bobby Watson, the O’Jays, Petula Clark, the 4 Cities Sax Quartet, and nearly every pro level Big Band in the St. Louis area. You can catch him playing tenor with the Dave Dickey Big Band regularly.

Hugh Jones has been a very good friend of everyone here at Saxquest since our inception, and we are extremely excited to present this performance. You won’t want to miss Hugh Jones performing with one of the best rhythm sections this city has to offer. Please come out on Saturday, May 20 to Saxquest on Cherokee St, from 2pm – 4pm.

The rhythm section will be Adam Maness on piano, Bob Deboo on bass, and Kaleb Kirby on drums.

Upcoming Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcases:
Saturday June 10 – Christopher Braig
Saturday July 15 – Kendrick Smith
Saturday Aug 5 – Jeff Collins Quartet
Saturday Sept TBD – Joel Vanderheyden
Saturday Oct TBD – Dave Stone
Saturday Nov TBD – Kristian Baarsvik

Other Upcoming Performances:
Thursday May 25 – Greg Tardy
Saturday June 3 – Antonio Hart
Tuesday June 13 – Adam Larson
Thusday July 20 – JD Parran

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Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcase #4 Ben Reece Unity Quartet – Saturday April 29

Ben Reece has developed into one of the top call saxophonists in the St. Louis area over the past decade. He was a founding member of the Funky Butt Brass Band, and has performed regularly with other well known St. Louis bands The Feed, The Brothers Lazaroff, Gumbohead and The Dave Dickey Big Band.

More recently Ben has moved into a much heavier focus in performing Jazz. He performs regularly with the Phil Dunlap Quintet, the Jazz St. Louis Big Band and the Saxquest Jazz Orchestra. He will be performing at Jazz at the Bistro this month a staggering 8 times, which includes the debut of his new quartet. The Ben Reece Unity Quartet was formed earlier this year when Ben decided he wanted to form a quartet with a two saxophone front line, and no chordal instrument. The quartet will feature Ben and Austin Cebulske on Tenor Saxophones, Bob Deboo on Bass, and Marty Morrison on Drums.

You won’t want to miss Ben Reece and his newly formed quartet live at Saxquest.

Upcoming Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcases:
Saturday May 20 – Hugh Jones
Saturday June TBD – Christopher Braig
Saturday July TBD – Kendrick Smith
Saturday Aug 5 – Jeff Collins Quartet
Saturday Sept TBD – Joel Vanderheyden
Saturday Oct TBD – Dave Stone
Saturday Nov TBD – Kristian Baarsvik

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Saxquest Jazz Orchestra Concert “The Kennedy Dream” a Tribute to Oliver Nelson

I’m incredibly excited to invite you to share an evening with the Saxquest Jazz Orchestra for a celebration of the music of St. Louis native, Oliver Nelson on April 19 and 20 at Jazz at the Bistro. Two Nights – Two Sets each: 7:30PM and 9PM. This is our debut performance on this stage and we would love for you to be a part of it.

A passionate believer in “The Rights of All”, Oliver Nelson’s music is provocative and powerful. Intensely original, his music encompasses some of the most beautiful melodies, lush harmonies and intense groves ever written. His ability to infuse gospel blues, symphonic orchestrations and straight ahead jazz is nothing short of remarkable. Getting inside of Nelson’s music while arranging it for our instrumentation (jazz nonet) has been both humbling and musically rewarding. Sometimes his music hangs on a single note where the instrumental parts are so exposed it forces you to sit on the edge of your seat while other times his music is driving in a frenzy of mixed meter, poly-rhythmic excitement.

We’ll be performing several pieces from various times in Oliver Nelson’s career. As an ardent supporter of civil rights, Nelson’s compositions were inspired by the changing times of the 60’s, as he witnessed it. We’ll perform his composition “I Hope In Time a Change Will Come”, quite possibly the most beautiful heart-rendering melody Nelson ever wrote, which will feature Ben Reece on soprano saxophone. We’ll also throw down on “Emancipation Blues” which is a grand and glorious gospel romp that shows Nelson at his spiritual best! You’ll also hear several tunes from Nelson’s groundbreaking 1961 Impulse! album “The Blues and the Abstract Truth”, widely regarded as one of the most significant recordings of the modern jazz era.

I won’t give away the entire program but we will conclude the evening with a special performance of the entire “The Kennedy Dream Suite”. This is one of Nelson’s most ambitious works. In the reed section you’ll hear clarinets, flutes, oboe, English horn, and saxophones. In the brass section you’ll hear colors from different instruments with all kinds of mutes. Composed of eight movements, each piece incorporates an audio/visual of The 34th President’s oratorios on human rights as a prelude. With certain movements titled “The Rights of All”, “Tolerance”, “Genuine Peace”, and “The Artists’ Rightful Place”, its shocking just how relevant this music still is decades later. I believe this will be the St. Louis premiere of the Kennedy Dream Suite”. Its an honor to finally bring it back home to St. Louis and what grander of a stage than Jazz at the Bistro.

I hope you can join us for this very special evening. I would love to share with you our take on the music of Oliver Nelson.

Ben Reece – alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet
Mark Overton- tenor saxophone, oboe, English horn
Derick Tramel – bari sax, bass clarinet, clarinet, flute
Bill Simpson – trumpet, flugelhorn
Dustin Shrum – trumpet, flugelhorn
Jon Siddle – trombone
Adam Maness – piano
Ben Wheeler – bass
Tony Barbata – percusion

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SAXQUEST FREE saxophone workshop – ADAM LARSON – THIS Thursday April 6 from 6-7:30pm

AdamI welcome everyone out to Saxquest this Thursday April 6 from 6-7:30pm for a very special saxophone workshop with Adam Larson!!! Adam is a brilliant saxophonist and gives great informative and entertaining clinics. Adam will talk about how to navigate chord changes in jazz improvisation, saxophone fundamentals, the creative process and more. Joining Mr. Larson in this clinic will be Adaron “Pops” Jackson on piano. This is a free event and open to the public.

Hailing from New York, Larson keeps an active schedule with his various groups and as a sideman performing and recording with a virtual who’s-who of jazz over the past several year. Released in January of 2013, Larson’s debut album “Simple Beauty” and Larson’s follow up album (released in September of 2013), entitled “Overdue Ovation”, have received high praise from critics. His latest record, “Selective Amnesia” was released on Inner Circle Music in 2015.

As a leader and sideman Adam has been part of several tours across the country and around the world, and also maintains a busy schedule as a clinician and master class presenter.

Described by critic Howard Reich of The Chicago-Tribune as “a player for whom the word ‘prodigious’ was coined”, Larson was selected as a member of the inaugural Manhattan School of Music Jazz Institute where he completed his Master’s with honors and received the William H. Borden Award for outstanding performance in Jazz Performance in 2014.

Saxquest has been fortunate to know Adam for many years and to watch him develop his artistry. He has become a top national-level jazz artist in every sense of the phrase. Audiences are blown away by his technical facility and creativity.

Larson endorses P. Mauriat Saxophones and D’Addario Woodwinds and we’d like to thank them for their support. Please come out for some great music!!

Also mark your calendar:
Saturday Apr 29 – 2-4PM – Ben Reece
​Saturday May 20 – 2-4PM – Hugh Jones
Saturday June 17 – 2-4PM Jeff Collins and the Renegade Saxophone Quartet
Saturday July TBA – 2-4PM – Kendrick Smith
Saturday August TBA – 2-4PM – Christopher Braig

Saxquest address: 2114 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO 63118

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