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Another week down, another show to travel to, plus major Saxquest news!

Saxquest had a blast at Missouri’s and Illinois’ MEA shows last week. We got to see a lot of our regular customers and got some great feedback on our new Bridge and Core mouthpieces. We have another show coming up in a week, we’ll be heading down to the large TMEA convention in San Antonio. At this show, not only will Saxquest have a booth, but the brand new Clarinetquest will also have its own booth.

Clarinetquest has been a long time coming. As our clarinet business has grown at Saxquest, we wanted to become more dedicated to those players who come to us for clarinets, reeds, and repair work. We’ll be launching its new website soon, totally dedicated to clarinets and their accessories, so keep an eye out for more announcements as TMEA gets closer.

As Clarinetquest launches, don’t think that Saxquest is resting on its laurels. The Bridge and Core mouthpieces are doing great for tenor, and we hope to finally have enough alto Leads to start selling them on a large scale soon. We also have a new Saxquest soprano mouthpiece and two new Saxquest bari sax mouthpieces in the works. Other super-secret projects are in the pipeline too, so as always, keep an eye on our website and facebook pages.

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Saxquest traveling times two

Saxquest is reaching out to bi-state area and will be at two shows this week! As is our yearly custom, we will have a display booth at the Missouri Music Educators conference in Tan-Tar-A, and for the second year in a row, we will also be displaying at the Illinois Music Educators show in Peoria. We will have horns and mouthpieces a-plenty at both shows, including the new Saxquest Bridge and Core tenor sax mouthpieces. Stop by the booth and try them out.

Looking ahead, we have a week off before we travel to San Antonio for the Texas Music Educators. If you will be attending any of these conferences, please stop by and say “hi.”

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Saxquest @ JEN this week

Saxquest will be packing up a lot of our inventory and heading to the JEN show in Louisville this weekend, January 7-9. If you are attending, please stop by the booth and play a new Saxquest mouthpiece, or play a good tenor. You can meet product specialist Zac, who knows our inventory better than anyone, or repairman Ben, the man you see in all our play-test videos. The store in St Louis will remain open for regular hours if you need some reeds or clarinet gear, but keep in mind a lot of our saxophone and sax mouthpiece inventory will be at the JEN conference. See you there!

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This week’s holiday hours at Saxquest

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all the saxophonists and clarinetists out there! It has been a busy season at the ‘Quest, so thank you to all of our customers. This week, the shop will be open normal hours Monday – Wednesday, 10am – 6pm, and we’ll be closing early on Thursday, 10am – 2pm. We will be closed on Friday and Saturday.

Next week, we’ll only be closed on Friday, New Years Day, regular hours otherwise. If you need reeds for all those gigs over the next week, come early!

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Visit the Saxquest booth at Midwest!

Saxquest took a lot of horns and a lot of accessories to the Midwest Convention this week in Chicago. If you are attending, stop by the booth and say “hi.” We have a good stock of the new Saxquest mouthpieces, as well as all the latest accessories from D’Addario and Vandoren, and plenty of vintage and new saxophones and clarinets. Saxquest’s clarinet expert Audrey Denny is also giving a clinic on Thursday with Michael Flake, so be sure to check that out too. We hope to see as many of you as possible!

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Saxquest Jazz Orchestra little big band open rehearsal performance – This Tuesday (Dec 8)

Saxquest Jazz Orchestra


Take a break from the Holiday Madness Tuesday evening and join the Saxquest Jazz Orchestra for a couple early evening sets of music and perhaps an Entree or Hors d’oeuvre at the Tavern of Fine Arts. I invite you to come out this Tuesday (Dec 8) from 6:30-8:30PM. We may sneak in a Christmas tune or two in our own unique style.

In the woodwind section you’ll hear, Joel Vanderhyden, Derick Tramel and Mark Overton; on brass will be Bill Simpson, Charlie Brown and John Siddle; and an all star rhythm section with Phil Dunlap, Ben Wheeler and Tony Barbata.Its free so come on out and soak up the atmosphere of the Tavern of Fine Arts.

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Saxquest is thrilled to host a FREE clinic/performance at the shop this Saturday with multi-Grammy award winning saxophonist, Frank Catalano (Saturday Nov. 14 from 2-PM). Frank is a super high-energy jazz tenor saxophonist based out of Chicago and is a creative force to be reckoned with. As a Yamaha endorsing artist, Mr. Catalano’s recent homage to John Coltrane record “Love Supreme Collective” is amazing and continues to sell well a year after its initial debut. His Savoy/Columbia recording “Bang!” debuted at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Charts and his record “Mighty Burner” was on the Billboard Charts for 20 straight weeks.

Now 38, Catalano has performed with Miles Davis, Randy Brecker, Charles Earland, Elvin Jones, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, Von Freeman, Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, Les Claypool and Louis Bellson all while still in high school! This led to his signing to Delmark Records at age 18 and a string of critically acclaimed recordings. Catalano has been heard by millions of people all over the world thanks in part to 3 Grammy-winning and 11 Grammy-nominated recordings with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, and John Legend.

This performance/clinic is supported by both D’Addario/Rico and Yamaha. We’ve enjoyed dealing in Yamaha’s high-end woodwinds and will have a good good selection of Yamaha instruments here in the store. We’re also happy to share with you the new D’Addario Jazz Select mouthpiece. One of the best straight ahead jazz mouthpieces on the market today. As a Yamaha and D’Addario Artist, Catalano will also be happy to talk more about these instruments and accessories while he’s here.

Frank will be backed by St. Louis musicians Adam Maness on piano, Ben Wheeler on bass and Drew Weiss on drums. I hope to see you out this Saturday. Please tell everyone you know. It will be an amazing show!!

Also mark your calendar:
Saturday Apr 23 – evening – DAVID LIEBMAN
Saturday Apr 30 – 2PM-4PM – WILL & PETER ANDERSEN

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All those saxophones! All those mouthpieces!

We have been busy… bees? beavers? Whatever productive animal you pick, we’ve been it lately. Check out the “What’s New” section (http://www.saxquest.com/store/new-products), browse through vintage mouthpieces (http://www.saxquest.com/store/category/vintage-sax-mouthpieces-C17) and horns (http://www.saxquest.com/store/category/vintage-saxes-C18). Is your new (or new to you) saxophone or mouthpiece in our store right now waiting for you to grab it?

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SAXQUEST Free Concert Artist Series – JOEL VANDERHYDEN with Koplant No.

Koplant No at SaxquestSaxquest is thrilled to welcome back to the shop saxophonist and D’Addario Woodwind Artist, Joel Vanderhyden and his group Koplant No this Saturday afternoon – HALLOWEEN – October 31 at Saxquest from 2pm – 4pm.

Koplant No is a forward-thinking, cinematic electro-jazz ensemble that fuses intricate compositions and jazz improvisation with electronica, progressive rock, and hip-hop. Called “one of the most innovative ensembles in the Midwest” by Minnesota Public Radio’s David Cazares, they are the recipients of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and have performed at venues across the country in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., St. Louis, and at the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France. Their potent music has the rare ability to satiate the most discriminating jazz aficionados, while completely disarming the anti-jazz crowd, and has been described as “a textural feast for the mind’s eye.”

Koplant No is: Joel Vanderheyden (tenor saxophone), Brian Lewis Smith (trumpet, laptop, keys), Drew Morton (bass, synth), and Rob Baner (drums, loops, vibes).

“Koplant No is the audio equivalent of a film noir. The playing is superb and they are telling stories outside of the box.” – Chuck Bolger, 91.7 FM WMUH Allentown, Pennsylvania.

“Thought-provoking compositions that are designed with substance and residual value, articulating a personalized, group-centric counterattack to the tried and true.”
- Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

Its such a tremendous thrill for us to bring such a fantastic event to you and we thank D’Addario for their help in support of this clinic.

Also mark your calendar:
Saturday Nov 14 – 2PM-4PM – FRANK CATALANO
Saturday Apr 23 – evening – DAVID LIEBMAN

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

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SAXQUEST FREE saxophone workshop – ADAM LARSON – THIS Saturday October 17 from 2-3:30pm

Adam Larson - Saxquest WorkshopI welcome everyone out to Saxquest this Saturday October 17 from 2-3:30pm for a very special saxophone workshop!!! We will be hosting twenty five year-old saxophonist-composer Adam Larson. This is a free event and open to the public.

The Adam Larson Trio is currently touring through the Midwest and is also performing at Jazz at the Bistro tonight and tomorrow night. Saxquest is happy to be able to offer 2-for-1 tickets to The Bistro show. This offer can be redeemed in person or over the phone through the Bistro Box Office at 314.571.6000 using code “SAXQUEST” and is good for both adult and student tickets. That’s makes it just $7.50/each for adults and $5/each for students!
JSL website info: http://www.jazzstl.org/experience/artists/adam-larson
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/398892273638270

Hailing from New York, Larson keeps an active schedule with his quintet 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” is set to be released on Inner Circle Music on November 3rd, 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. Larson’s quartet was recently selected to tour on behalf of the U.S. State Department’s “American Music Abroad” program touring Africa for 35 days in April 2015.

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.

Adam endorses P. Mauriat saxophones and we’d like to thank them for helping put this together. Please come out for some great music!!

Also mark your calendar:
Saturday Nov 14 – 2PM-4PM – FRANK CATALANO
Saturday Apr 23 – evening – DAVID LIEBMAN
Saturday Apr 30 – 2PM-4PM – PETER & WILL ANDERSON

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

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