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SAXFEST! 2015 at Meramac sponsored by Saxquest

Saxfest

 

Saxquest is honored to be a part of and help sponsor SAXFEST! 2015. Organized by Christopher Braig and hosted by Music at Meramec, Saxfest presents a day of clinics, masterclasses and performances by some of the regions top educators and performers. If you love the saxophone, this is a must attend event. All levels of player will benefit from the event!! Even if you can’t attend the entire day, stop by for as long as you can……. and the best part – its totally FREE and open to the public!!!

YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING YOUR SAXOPHONE!!!

Full details here: http://www.stlsaxschool.com

WHERE – St. Louis Community College at Meramec: 11338 Big Bend Rd St. Louis – Zip: 63122 / Humanities West 102
WHEN – THIS Saturday – July 18 from 11am-4:30pm

This will be an intensive day of saxophone study and an incredibly rare opportunity to learn from and interact with some of the regions finest and most seasoned players. The roster of presenters for Saxfest is INSANE!!!

You’ll hear from Arthur White, Associate Professor of Saxophone and Jazz at MIZZOU, on “Fundamentals for all Saxophonists”; Jason Swagler, Associate Professor of Saxophone and Jazz at SIUE, on “Hearing What you Play, Developing an Aural Connection with the Saxophone”; Mark Overton, owner of Saxquest, on “An Interactive History of the Saxophone”; and Paul DeMarinis, Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Saxophone at Webster University, on “Waking up to the Instrument”. You will also hear a classical saxophone quartet with Jeff Collins (St. Louis Symphony Orchestra saxophonist), Ben Reece, Derick Tramel and Mark Overton, an incredible unaccompanied jazz saxophone duet by Ben Reece and Jason Swagler, as well as jazz performances by Christopher Braig, Paul DeMarinis, Arthur White and Jason Swagler with an all star rhythm section consisting of Willem von Hombracht, Steve Davis and Steve Schenkel.

HOLY SMOKES!!!! You don’t want to miss this one……..no really, drop what you’re doing and GO!!!!!

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Saxquest Horn of the Week

7223YamahaZAlto2Every week during the summer of 2015 Saxquest will be featuring a horn of the week. We will feature video and descriptions of each horn on Facebook. Initially we are focusing on modern insturments as they can sometimes overshadowed by the vintage. Please follow our Facebook and twitter page every week for new on the Saxquest horn of the week.

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Saxquest Holiday Hours over July 4

For those of you coming by the shop the week of June 29, we’ll have regular hours Monday – Thursday, 10am – 6pm, and we’ll be open an abbreviated day on Friday July 3, just 10am – 2pm. We will be closed on Saturday July 4. Get your saxophone indulgences in early that week!

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SAXQUEST – SELMER PARIS CLARINET DAY

Selmer Paris

Saxquest is honored to host a presentation of the new Selmer Paris Clarinets at our first ever Selmer-Paris Clarinet Day this SATURDAY from noon-2PM. This will be a wine & cheese (or non-alcoholic choice) style OPEN HOUSE. Be prepared to live for a few moments in CLARINET HEAVEN as we’ll have several of the finest instruments manufactured today on hand for you to play test. We’ll also delighted that Sophia Rojas, from Selmer, will be here in the shop if you have any questions about these marvelous instruments.

If you haven’t been paying attention over the past couple years, you may have missed the fact that Selmer-Paris has absolutely ramped up their clarinet game. Without a doubt they are reinventing themselves as a SERIOUS manufacture of professional clarinets for use with today’s symphony orchestras. In addition to several of the brand new SeleS Présence clarinets in Bb and A, we will have on hand Selmer’s other professional clarinets, including the Privilèdge, Recital and Signature and the low C Selmer Privilèdge bass clarinet. Come with your mouthpieces and be ready to play these beautiful clarinets. If you have students, please let them know about this exciting opportunity to learn about Selmer Paris clarinets. Shown here is a link to a video about the Seles, Presence clarinet that we think you will enjoy: https://youtu.be/iraQnsqGMqo

Selmer Paris ClarinetsHenri SELMER Paris unveils, under the new brand SeleS, a never before seen clarinet called Présence. Thanks to its innovative bore design, this clarinet has unique acoustic qualities that provide ease of emission, exceptional homogeneity and above all an instrument that is easy to play. The sound of the Présence clarinet is a mix of harmonic richness, and timbre; essential characteristics to the instrument. Also, the research done on the position and size of the tone holes has given this clarinet unrivalled intonation. Specially designed keys, as well as new key orientations and positions, provide unmatched mechanical precision and response combined with player comfort. Présence clarinets are available in B-flat and A with two keywork finishes available: silver or nickel as an option. An E-flat lever is also available as an option.

If you’re a clarinetist, I hope to see you out on Saturday. This really is a special event and we’re so grateful to Selmer-Paris for partnering with us to bring this opportunity to you and the St. Louis area.

Cheers,
Mark Overton
www.saxquest.com

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SAXQUEST FREE saxophone workshop – JAMEY AEBERSOLD – THIS Saturday April 4 from 2-4pm

JAMEY AEBERSOLDSaxquest is thrilled to welcome to the shop for the first time saxophonist and jazz educator, Jamey Aebersold, this Saturday April 4 at Saxquest from 2pm – 4pm. As a performer and as a clinician, Jamey defines the standard for excellence.

Jamey Aebersold has become an internationally renowned resource for jazz education. In July 2013, the National Endowment for the Arts included him for its 2014 Jazz Masters award, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. Other recipients included Richard Davis, Keith Jarrett, and Anthony Braxton. He is the recipient of the 2014 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy, which is bestowed upon an individual who has contributed significantly to the appreciation, knowledge, and advancement of the art form of jazz. “Jamey Aebersold has made enormous contributions to the jazz world through his tireless efforts as a performer, educator, and publisher,” said 2000 NEA Jazz Master David Baker. “As the creator of the innovative and groundbreaking Jamey Aebersold Jazz Play-A-Long recordings series, as the longtime director of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, as an exceptional clinician and performer, and as the publisher of an extensive catalogue of jazz materials, Jamey has revolutionized the way people practice, teach, create, and perform their music. Jamey has carried his message that ‘anyone can improvise’ and that ‘creativity is part of the nature of every person’ throughout the world to great success, impacting generations of both aspiring and established jazz performers and teachers.”

Its such a tremendous thrill for us to bring such a fantastic event to you and we thank Jazz St. Louis for their help in support of this clinic.

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SAXQUEST OPEN HOUSE w/ ROGER GREENBERG – THIS THURSDAY APRIL 2 from 4-6pm

Roger GreenbergWell into our 2015 Concert/Clinic series it’s going to be a busy April here at Saxquest with 3 great events on our calendar. To kick April off, you’re all invited to a special wine (or non-alcoholic drink of choice) and cheese open house hosted by the Andreas Eastman Company on Thursday of this week from 4-6PM at Saxquest. We’ll host Roger Greenberg, Professor Emeritus at the University of Northern Colorado, who will be talking about saxophone manufacturing and Eastman’s role in the development of the new 52nd Street line of professional saxophones. We’ll also have an entire fleet of the new 52nd Street saxophones and other Eastman instruments for you to try including the new 52nd Street bari sax and one piece curved neck soprano.

Roger Greenberg is a classical saxophonist with a jazz background. He has been a soloist several times at the World Saxophone Congress in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan, and continues to be active nationally as a soloist and clinician. His playing credits are as diverse as having been a member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra to being a longtime member of the Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quartet, an internationally recognized touring ensemble.

It’s with great honor that we present Roger Greenberg here at Saxquest! I hope you are able to stop in and take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet and talk directly to this important voice in our saxophone community and learn more about his involvement in designing the 52nd Street saxophone brand. This will be an informal gathering so please bring your mouthpieces to play test instruments and have a good time hanging out for an afternoon of saxophone insanity!!!

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Great Deals on BLOWOUT P Mauriat Stock!

Time to turn over some inventory! With trade show season over, we are blowing out some P Mauriats at super low prices! Many of these were just demo horns, play tested at the various shows we went to, but otherwise in NEW condition, and all still have full warranty. Each one will get our pro set up again, so every one will ship in perfect playing condition. If you’ve thought about getting one of these great saxes but have been holding out for a deal, you won’t find them at lower prices! Check out our special section and get one quickly!

http://www.saxquest.com/store/category/p-mauriat-specials-C54

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New Lower Price on the NEW BUFFET SENZO Alto Sax!!

GREAT NEWS on the Buffet SENZO front! Price Reduction……..new Buffet SENZO now $5495.

We had a great discussion with Buffet at NAMM this year! They are totally committed to making the best saxophone ever! Although the SENZO is expensive to manufacture, Buffet really wants to make the barrier to entry for players as low as possible.

Buffet is one of the few companies where the top brass are still actually musicians. They get it!!! I’ve never had another company approach me about working together to find creative ways to reduce the end price for the player!

Here’s a great clip of Jeff Collins demonstrating the new Buffet SENZO on Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition – The Old Castle.

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New Upcoming Events @ Saxquest this Summer!

We’ve been busy putting together a few events at the Saxquest shop this spring & summer. We’re still hashing out the details on a few, but here’s a couple you can start marking your calendars for:

On Saturday, April 4, we’re going to have Jamey Aebersold for a clinic from 2-4pm. We’ve been wanting to host Jamey for quite some time, and we are very excited to finally put this together! His Play-A-Long series and summer jazz workshops are a long-time staple in many an advancing jazz saxophonist’s upbringing.

A few weeks after that, on Saturday April 25, we’re going to have a “Selmer Clarinet Day” at the Saxquest shop from 2-4pm. Conn-Selmer will be on hand with the latest and greatest Selmer Paris model clarinets for you to play test in our store. We may also put together a mini-concert or clinic for this event as well.

More events will continue to be added, please put these down on your calendar and check back for more!

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Come visit the Saxquest shop!

We are (finally) through the trade show season for us. After visiting JEN, NAMM, Midwest, ILMEA, MMEA, and TMEA, we are now realizing the Saxquest shop is a little too quiet! Come visit us in St Louis, and bring your mouthpiece to make some noise! You can try out the newest P Mauriat Master 97 saxes, or a Yamaha Custom Z in “vintage bronze” finish, or a great old Mark VI. We also have a huge selection of new and vintage mouthpieces for you to play test as well. You can see the impressive Saxquest museum on our second floor, or see a sax or clarinet all disassembled in our repair shop. Regular hours 10am – 6pm during the week, and 10am – 2pm on Saturdays. Please come by with a few hours to spare and try out some equipment!

Looking ahead to 2015, we are lining up some very nice events starting this spring. As in the last couple years, we’ll try to bring an exciting lineup of master classes, intimate concerts, and Q & A’s with some of today’s great players and educators. Please continue to check our events page or the news section here for when these events get announced, or call us to sign up for our email notification list when these events get put together. We’ll see you at the ‘quest!

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