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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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Saxquest on the road @ MMEA & ILMEA

We split up this year! If you are attending either MMEA in Missouri or ILMEA in Illinois this week, we will see you there! Each booth will have a good 25 saxes or so as well as 10+ clarinets. We’ll have the latest reeds and mouthpieces from D’Addario & Vandoren as well. Come by the booth, play a sax or mouthpiece, and say hi.

If you are stuck in St Louis, the shop will be open normal hours, but the stock will be somewhat… lessened. If you are looking for a particular horn, best to call ahead to make sure it is here before driving in. Everyone will be back in the shop, returned to normal come Monday (at least until TMEA in a couple weeks!).

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SAXQUEST Free Concert Artist Series – VICTOR GOINES – January 14 – 7pm

Saxquest is thrilled to welcome back to the shop saxophonist and clarinetist, Victor Goines, this Wednesday evening January 14 at Saxquest from 7pm – 9pm as our inaugural event of the 2015 season.

In addition to the performance/clinic at Saxquest, be sure to check out his evening performances January 16 & 17 at Jazz at The Bistro featuring fellow Jazz at Lincoln Center artists Terell Stafford, Chris Crenshaw and Alvin Atkinson.

At Saxquest, Mr. Goines will be presenting a small ensemble jazz performance and clinic in an informal setting featuring an all-star St. Louis rhythm section. The event is free and open to the public and hosted at the Saxquest shop. Victor Goines has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993 and he’s currently the director of jazz studies at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. He has collaborated with a who’s who list of superstars in the jazz scene, and is also a gifted composer, having composed more than 70 original works, including Jazz at the Lincoln Center commissions. His latest release Twilight (2012) has received critical acclaim. Please come by to hear some great music, and have the opportunity to rub shoulders and talk to one of the great saxophonists and multi-reed instrumentalists today. Don’t miss this one……….See you on Wednesday evening!!

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

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Saxquest holiday hours & events

Thanks to all that stopped by at the Saxquest booth at the Midwest Clinic and said hello. We’ve got a little break but our next clinics will the MMEA and ILMEA shows at the end of January. We also might have a free event at Saxquest the coming month so check back for updates!

For the holiday stretch, we will be closing early at 1pm on Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas, but open normal hours on Friday from 10am – 6pm and on Saturday from 10am – 2pm. Next week we’ll only be closed on New Year’s Day and open regular hours otherwise. Everyone have a good holiday!

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Convention season is almost here!

We had another great clinic this past weekend with Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet. A big thanks to all those that came out for it, and all of the clinics and performances and master classes we had this year. We had a lot of fun bringing these artists in and hope to continue more next year!

With the holidays upon us, conventions and trade shows are just around the corner. If you’ve been a long time customer but have never made the trek to our shop in St Louis, hopefully we can meet you at one of these over the next couple months. This season, we’ll be visiting the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, JEN in San Diego, TMEA down in Texas, and of course locally we’ll be at MMEA here in Missouri and ILMEA over in Illinois. Though we won’t have a booth there, Saxquest president Mark Overton will also be loitering around the NAMM show in Anaheim. Please visit our booths, try a sax out (or three) and let us put faces to those of you we’ve talked to over the phone. See you soon!

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SAXQUEST Clinic Series Presents JEFF COFFIN & the MU’TET Saturday 11/22

 

Jeff Coffin Mu'tet at Saxquest

 

We are thrilled to welcome back to the shop Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet, this Saturday November 22 at Saxquest from 2pm – 4pm. This will be a special acoustic performance/clinic of the Mu’tet, unlike what we’ve seen when they’ve visited us before, and definitely worth checking out! As always it will be free and open to the public.

The Mu’tet takes its name from the word mutation, giving way to Coffin’s belief that music is constantly changing and mutating. Jeff is a 3X Grammy award winner, and is a member of the Dave Matthews Band and was a long-time member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones.

Other members of the group include legendary and iconic players:

Felix Pastorius, son of bass great Jaco Pastorius, roots the Mu’tet on electric bass. He has been playing with the group since 2002. In 2012 he joined the legendary jazz quartet Yellowjackets. Felix is a gifted composer and a monster bassist with great chops and sensitivity.

On drums is the legendary Roy “Futureman” Wooten. Wooten is a five-time Grammy Award-winning performer with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. A percussionist of international acclaim, more recently, Wooten has developed a new electronic instrument called the RoyEl, which resembles a piano but plays notes not found in the traditional western music scales. This instrument is based on the periodic table of elements and the golden ratio.

Bill Fanning rounds out the horns on trumpet. Bill has performed with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, the Mu’tet, Glenn Frye (of the Eagles), George Garzone, Jon Faddis, Maria Schneider and George Russell. A brilliant improvisor and musician, Bill is stretching the boundaries of the trumpet.

Chris Walters is a brilliant piano player known for his fresh and inventive compositions and improvisations. One of Nashville’s most in-demand sidemen across multiple genres, and an active front-man, Walters has a completely unique and compelling sound.

Its such a tremendous thrill for us to bring such a fantastic event to you! The Mu’tet will playing at Jazz at the Bistro this week as well, from the 19th through the 22nd, so catch them there and catch a special acoustic set here!

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SAXQUEST Free Concert Artist Series – TIA FULLER – Thursday 11/13

Tia Fuller performs at SaxquestWe’re incredibly excited to invite you out to the Saxquest shop this Thursday evening (7:30-9PM) for a very special FREE performance/clinic by Tia Fuller. Fuller has made a name for herself over the past 10 years as being one of the hardest hitting saxophonists on the New York scene and has clearly risen to the top of her generation of musicians. As a Mack Avenue recording Artist, Fuller is grounded in a jazz mode of expression that embraces both the classic and the contemporary sounds surrounding her. It’s no mistake that artists from Esperanza Spalding to Beyoncé include her instrumental voice and vision in their work. Fusing traditions, styles, and unafraid of genre boundaries, Fuller’s music transgresses the musical frontiers of today!

While having performed in a multitude of musical idioms, it’s the jazz quartet where Tia has focused her recordings as a leader. It’s this setting where she really shines, not only in her ability to play with a spell bounding modern lyricism, but also her ability to interact with the quartet, where all members of the ensemble are on an equal footing. It’s also this “jazz quartet” setting that you’ll hear Ms. Fuller in performance at Saxquest. She’ll be sharing the stage with St. Louis’s Phil Dunlap, Nathan Pence and Montez Coleman.

Thanks to everyone who continues to come out to our events and helps support our shop. If you haven’t been out for a while, I hope to see you this Thursday. Remember, it’s the enthusiasm that you show towards these events that motivates us to continue hosting more events in the future.
Also mark your calendar:
Saturday Nov 22 – 2PM-4PM – JEFF COFFIN & the Mu’tet (unplugged)

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SAXQUEST Free Concert Artist Series – FRANK CATALANO Saturday 11/4

Frank Catalano at SaxquestSaxquest is thrilled to host a FREE clinic/performance at the shop this Saturday with multi-Grammy award winning saxophonist, Frank Catalano (Saturday Nov. 8 from 2-PM). Frank is a super high energy jazz tenor saxophonist based out of Chicago and is a Yamaha endorsing artist. We’re billing this as Frank’s St. Louis CD Release Party! His new record “Love Supreme Collective” has topped the iTunes Charts for several weeks. “Love Supreme Collective” is an homage to John Coltrane and features Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins), Percy Jones (Brand X), Chris Poland (Megadeath), and Adam Benjamin (Kneebody). Frank’s Savoy/Columbia recording “Bang!” debuted at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Charts. Frank’s recording, “Mighty Burner” was on the Billboard Charts for 20 straight weeks.

Now 37, Catalano came on the scene as a teenager and had 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’re excited to celebrate our 1 year anniversary as a Yamaha dealer this Fall! We’ve enjoyed dealing in Yamaha’s high-end woodwinds this past year and continue to stock a 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 Tony Barbata on drums. Remember our enthusiasm to continue hosting these events is entirely dependent on your interest!! I hope to see you out this Saturday. Please tell everyone you know.

Also mark your calendar:
Thursday Nov 13 7:30PM-9PM – TIA FULLER
Saturday Nov 22 – 2PM-4PM – JEFF COFFIN & the Mu’tet (unplugged)

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3 New Events @ Saxquest, Frank Catalano, Tia Fuller & Jeff Coffin’s Mu’tet in November!

A quick heads up, November is going to be an exciting month at The Quest! We have 3 exciting events on the schedule. On Saturday, November 8 (2-4PM), we’ll have Frank Catalano down from Chicago. Frank is a multi-Grammy Award winning artist, and has played with a “who’s who” list of jazz, rock, and R&B artists. Come check him out in quartet format. We’re also pleased to welcome Tia Fuller to the Saxquest shop for the first time ever on Thursday evening at 7PM, November 13! Tia has made a huge impression on the jazz scene over the past several years with her modern lyricism and original compositions. This is definitely a performance to hear! Then, towards the end of the month on November 22 (2-4PM), we’ll welcome back to the shop Jeff Coffin and his Mu’tet. This will be a special intimate “unplugged” show, one you won’t want to miss! All three events will be FREE and open to the public.

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Saxquest Jazz Orchestra “Cool Jazz” little big band concert

 

Please come out and join us at the Saxquest shop this Saturday (Oct 18) from 2-4PM. We’re thrilled to present a concert featuring the Saxquest Jazz Orchestra with music from Gerry Mulligan, Shorty Rogers, Dave Pell, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Marty Paich and others. The 50′s were a unique time in jazz music, especially for the “little big band” ensembles of six to ten musicians. The writing was often intricate and polyphonic, like a hip big band, but looser and more improvisational, with the feel of a smaller group. This concert will be a special tribute to the “Cool Jazz” era and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to share this music with you. In the woodwind section you’ll hear, Ben Reece, Derick Tramel and Mark Overton; on brass will be Bill Simpson, Charlie Brown and John Siddle; and an all star rhythm section with Adam Maness, Ben Wheeler and Tony Barbata. As always, Saxquest events are free and open to the public!

 

 

 

 

 

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