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SAXQUEST Free Concert Artist Series – DAVE LIEBMAN Quintet – Expansions

LiebmanThis is one of my most thrilling announcements ever. We’re super excited to be hosting Dave Liebman and his quintet, Expansions, this Saturday (4/23). Dave will be leading a clinic/performance with the entire quintet at the Saxquest shop from 2-4PM and then we’re also sponsoring his evening’s performance at Jazz at the Bistro with sets at 7:30PM and 9:30PM. This is a truly a unique opportunity to hear one of today’s real living legends. As the saxophone/flautist in both the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis Groups of the late 60′s/early 70′s and having played along side other legends such as Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, McCoy Tyner and others, Dave represents a direct link to the masters who came before. However, he has not stayed there, he continues to push the musical jazz envelope, just as his mentors did in their day.

Liebman is among the most important saxophonists in contemporary music . . a leader and artist of integrity and independent direction. Downbeat Magazine

While others of his ‘60s generation have fallen off their ambition, Liebman has remained dogged about composition and trying different styles…he’s a fighter. Ben Ratliff-NY Times

Lieb discography is mind-blowing as he has played on over 500 hundred recordings with over two hundred under his leadership or co-leadership. In jazz education he is a renowned lecturer and author of several milestone books: Self Portrait Of A Jazz Artist, A Chromatic Approach To Jazz Harmony And Melody, Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound, in addition to teaching DVDs, journalistic contributions to periodicals and published chamber music. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) existing since 1989. Awards include (Jazz Educators Network Legend of Jazz (2013); National Endowment of the Arts Masters of Jazz (2011); the Order of Arts and Letters (France 2009); Jazz Journalist’s award for Soprano Saxophone (2007); Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Solo (1998); Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Finland-1997). He is currently Artist in Residence at the Manhattan School of Music and has consistently placed in the top three places for Soprano Saxophone in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll since 1973, winning first place in both the Downbeat and Jazz Times Critic’s Poll in both 2011 and 2012.

With his quintet Expansions, Lieb is continuing the time worn tradition of master/apprentice as he experienced in the 1970’s being a member of groups lead by former Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones and the legendary Miles Davis. By reaching across generations, Lieb gains insight into the new directions that jazz has taken while offering these younger artists his experience and knowledge. “EXPANSIONS” features the up and coming pianist Bobby Avey, reedman Matt Vashlishan, drummer Alex Ritz while continuing his several decades relationship with bassist Tony Marino.

This performance/clinic is in part supported by Buffet Group and Keilwerth saxophones. We’ve enjoyed dealing in Keilwerth and Buffet high-end woodwinds over the past few years and will have one of the new Liebman Signature soprano saxes here for anyone interested in checking it out.

I can’t emphasize enough how amazing both the Saxquest clinic and the Bistro performances will be. 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 Saturday!!!

Also mark your calendar:
Saturday Apr 30 – 2PM-4PM – WILL & PETER ANDERSEN
Saturday May 21 – 2PM-4PM – New Third Stream Saxophone Quartet
Saturday May 28 – 2PM-4PM – PEDROSAXO & Derek Brown
Saturday July 16 – 2PM-4PM – Jason DuMars saxophone history & engraving clinic

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SAXQUEST Free Concert Artist Series – Rahsaan Barber

Rahsaan BarberSaxquest is thrilled to host a FREE recital/clinic at the shop this Saturday with saxophonist and Yamaha Artist, Rahsaan Barber (Saturday April 9 at 2PM). Rahsaan will be performing with a local rhythm section.

Rahsaan Barber proves to be a talented musician who possesses the fire of John Coltrane, the soul of Stanley Turrentine, the spirit of his namesake, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and a sound that’s all his own. – All About Jazz, Dan Bilawksy

Since earning a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in 2005, Rahsaan Barber has set out on a singular path of musical excellence in performance, composition, education, and entrepreneurship. Residing proudly in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, Rahsaan enjoys a career that encompasses performing and recording in an ever-expanding range of musical styles, including jazz, blues, funk, classical, fusion, soul, Latin, and world music.

Mr. Barber has performed on many of the world’s most prestigious stages for music, including The Ryman, The Village Vanguard, Birdland, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Montreux Jazz Festival. Rahsaan has joined the ranks of the nation’s rising jazz stars as the leader of his own instrumental band, Everyday Magic; co-leader of Latin-jazz septet El Movimiento; and the creator, bandleader, songwriter, and producer of emerging hip-hop, soul band The Megaphones. In addition, he has built a reputation as a standout jazz producer with the founding of his record label, Jazz Music City, in August of 2011. The label launched with the release of Everyday Magic, an album featuring Rahsaan’s Nashville-based quintet. The album was awarded the rare honor of Editor’s Pick by DownBeat Magazine, along with receiving high praise from both critics and audiences. Since the release of Everyday Magic, Rahsaan has become an in-demand producer for Nashville’s rising jazz artists.

This is a very unique event for Saxquest and one not to miss! Remember our enthusiasm to continue hosting these events is entirely dependent on your attendance!! I hope to see you out this Saturday. Please tell everyone you know.

Also mark your calendar:

Saturday Apr 23 – 2-4PM – DAVID LIEBMAN
Saturday Apr 23 – 7:30PM and 9:30PM sets at Jazz at the Bistro – DAVID LIEBMAN
Saturday Apr 30 – 2PM-4PM – WILL & PETER ANDERSEN
Saturday May 21 – 2PM-4PM – NEW HORIZON SAXOPHONE QUARTET
Saturday May 28 – 2-4PM – Pedrosaxo and Derek Brown – Extreme Saxophone x2

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

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SAXQUEST FREE saxophone workshop – ADAM LARSON – THIS Saturday March 26 from 1-2:30pm

Adam LarsonI welcome everyone out to Saxquest this Saturday March 26 from 1-2:30pm for a very special saxophone workshop with Adam Larson!!! Adam will be presenting a clinic on how to navigate chord changes in jazz improvisation. Joining Mr. Larson in this clinic will be Adam Maness 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. 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 Apr 9 – 2-4PM – RAHSAAN BARBER
​Saturday Apr 23 – 2-4PM – DAVID LIEBMAN
Saturday Apr 23 – 7:30PM and 9:30PM sets at Jazz at the Bistro – DAVID LIEBMAN
Saturday Apr 30 – 2PM-4PM – WILL & PETER ANDERSEN
Saturday May 21 – 2PM-4PM – New Horizon Saxophone Quartet

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

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SAXQUEST Free Concert Artist Series – MARK COLBY

Mark ColbySaxquest is thrilled to host a FREE clinic/performance at the shop this Thursday evening with Selmer Paris and Vandoren artist, Mark Colby (Thursday March 24 from 7-9PM). Mark will be playing with an all-star local St. Louis rhythm section (Adam Maness – pn, Willem von Hombract – bass, Tony Barbata – dr). Colby has an amazing voice on the tenor sax and is one of the country’s leading stylists on the instrument.

YOU WANT TO SEE THIS SHOW!!! TRUST ME!!!

“I’ve been listenting to Mark Colby for twenty years, and I’ve seen him grow into a master of the saxophone and master of the music he plays.” – Stan Getz

Born in Brooklyn in the late 40′s, Mark comes from a musical family and was immersed an early age in the sounds of bebop, cool and hard-bop jazz.He began his professional career at the age of 14 playing with the likes of Ira Sullivan, Tony Bennett, Sonny and Sher, Sammy Davis Jr. to name a few. He received a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Miami where he worked with legendary baritone sax player Gerry Mulligan and recorded with Dr. John, Wilson Pickett, Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones, and the Bee Gees. After graduating, Mark hit the road with Maynard Ferguson in the early 70′s. After three albums (including Primal Scream) and three years touring as featured soloist and musical director, Bob James beckoned, and he became of member of the “James gang.” Mark signed onto Columbia Records, and began his solo career recording “Serpentine Fire” and “One Good Turn”. Mark’s tours with Maynard and Bob found him playing jazz festivals and concert halls around the world.

In 1980, Mark moved to Chicago, with its very active music scene and was soon approached by DePaul University to assume a teaching position as jazz saxophone instructor. He’s still there, and in 1998 also joined the faculty at Elmhurst College.

In the ensuing years, he has played and in some cases toured with such varied luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Jaco Pastorius, Mose Allison, Joe Williams and Charlie Haden. He has continued to record as both a leader and sideman as well as perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 he performed Leonard Bernstein’s “Prelude, Fugue and Riffs.” In 1999, Hallway Records released “Reunion” (with Vince Maggio) followed by “Tenor Reference” in 2002, to glowing reviews and appreciative audiences. His last release on Hallway Records was a tribute to Stan Getz entitled Speaking of Stan, which was released in 2006 and went to #3 on the jazz radio charts. His CD on Origin Records, “Reflections” was released in November 2008 where the studio date was dedicated to his father, “who started me on my journey at age eight,” and to one of Colby’s earliest role models, tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin and Stan Getz. In 2010 Mark was one of the people interviewed with his own chapter in Cicily Janus’s new book entitled “The New Faces of Jazz” published by Billboard Press. His latest album was released on RCI late in 2011 called Yesterday’s Gardenias.

Also mark your calendar:
Saturday March 26 – 2-4PM – ADAM LARSON QUARTET
Saturday Apr 9 – 2-4PM – RAHSAAN BARBER
​Saturday Apr 23 – 2-4PM – DAVID LIEBMAN
Saturday Apr 23 – 7:30PM and 9:30PM sets at Jazz at the Bistro – DAVID LIEBMAN
Saturday Apr 30 – 2PM-4PM – WILL & PETER ANDERSEN
Saturday May 21 – 2PM-4PM – New Horizon Saxophone Quartet

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Upcoming clinics at Saxquest

We are back from NASA and ready to relax from trips (for a little while anyway). That just means we need to stay busy in St Louis though! Make sure to check your calendars, as we are quickly approaching the busy spring and summer months, when Saxquest starts hosting plenty of free clinics and performances at our shop. Kicking off next week we have 2 right off the bat. On Thursday night, March 24, we will be hosting saxophonist Mark Colby, for a special evening clinic at the Saxquest shop, starting at 7pm. Then on Saturday March 26, Adam Larson will be stopping by again, from 2pm – 4pm. We hope to see you at both events if you can make them!

Looking forward to April, we have events lined up for Dave Liebman as well as Peter and Will Anderson. As April gets closer, we may be adding more as well, so definitely keep in touch here and on facebook. Lots of exciting things are coming!

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Heading to NASA 2016

Next week Saxquest will be heading down to the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference on the campus of Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX. We’ll have a good display of saxophones including the popular Buffet-Crampon Senzo, in copper and silver plate. Stop by the booth and play a saxophone, or just say hi!

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SAXQUEST Free Concert Artist Series – DAN THOMAS

Dan Thomas at SaxquestWe’re excited to announce our first event of the 2016 Saxquest concert/clinic series. This Thursday evening from 5-7PM (February 25) we’re delighted to welcome Dan Thomas to the Saxquest shop. Dan will be giving an improvisation clinic. Feel free to bring your instrument or just come hang and absorb as much information as you can. Dan is a wealth of knowledge and gives a great clinic! This is an amazing opportunity to sit in one-on-one with one of the country’s top jazz educators.

This event is free and open to the public. Dan Thomas is a highly acclaimed instructor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he teaches applied jazz studies, jazz improv, jazz history, jazz pedagogy, jazz combo, and the jazz band alongside the legendary Bobby Watson. He is a dedicated performer, both in the local Kansas City scene, as well as throughout the USA and Canada. Before coming to KC, he was a regular on the west coast jazz scene. He also keeps busy as a frequent clinician and guest artist throughout the United States. We hope you can make it out for a great evening of learning and music!

Also mark your calendar:
Saturday Apr 2 – 2PM-4PM – Scott Airforce Base jazz combo
Saturday Apr 23 – 7:30PM and 9:30PM sets at Jazz at the Bistro – DAVID LIEBMAN
Saturday Apr 30 – 2PM-4PM – WILL & PETER ANDERSEN
Saturday May 21 – 2PM-4PM – New Horizon Saxophone Quartet

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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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