Its 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.