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Local Saxophonist Showcase #3 Featuring Mike Karpowicz

Mike KarpowiczWe are all very excited here at Saxquest about the March Local Saxophonist Showcase. Many of us that work here have studied saxophone and doubles with Mike Karpowicz. He is often so busy playing doubling gigs at the Muny and the Fox, that many haven’t had the chance to hear him in a quartet setting playing Jazz. You defintely won’t want to miss this month if you haven’t had a chance to hear Mike play yet. This event is free and open to the public, and will be at the main Saxquest location on Saturday, March 18, from 2pm – 4pm.

Mike Karpowicz is Director of Bands at DeSmet Jesuit High School where he established the school’s first instrumental music program. He teaches Concert Band and four jazz ensembles. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Webster University where he has taught Applied Saxophone, Saxophone Ensemble, Woodwind Methods and Jazz Combo.

He has been active in St. Louis as a free-lance saxophonist/woodwind doubler. He is one of the top call show players in St. Louis. He recently performed with the national touring company of An American in Paris at the Fox Theater. His next performance at the Fox will be with the touring show Motown. This past fall he performed with the St. Louis Repertory Theatre Company’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. He is also an extra at the MUNY performing with one or two productions each summer. Over the years he has performed with every major big band in the St. Louis area as well as the St. Louis Symphony and Symphony Pops. He has also performed with major stage performers recently including Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel and Bernadette Peters.
He has performed with jazz legends Michel LeGrand, Mel Torme, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson and Bobby Shew.

As a performer and educator Mike has been involved with the Webster University Summer Jazz Camp and the International Summer Jazz Academy in Krakow, Poland. He is a proud member of St. Louis Local 2-197 of the American Federation of Musicians.

Upcoming local arists:
April 29 – Ben Reece
May 27 – Hugh Jones
June TBA – Jeff Collins & the Renegade Saxophone Quartet
July TBA – Kendrick Smith

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Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcase #2 Featuring Austin Cebulske

AustinThroughout 2017 Saxquest will be featuring a different St. Louis based Saxophonist every month. For our second showcase we chose one of our own. Austin Cebulske completed his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2012, and recently his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University, where he also served as a Graduate Assistant. A great musician in all styles from jazz to motown, soul to rock, Austin can be heard most frequently on tenor with the Funky Butt Brass Band. He keeps a very busy gig schedule outside of the Funky Butt Brass Band as well. He can be seen fronting duo, trio and quartet gigs around town very regularly.

Most probably recognize Austin from his demo videos of Saxquest horns and mouthpieces on our website and youtube page. From listening to the videos it is easy to tell that this young tenor player is burning. You won’t want to miss hearing Austin play in this setting with some of the finest rhythm section players St. Louis has to offer backing him. The rhythm section will feature Adam Maness on Piano, Bob Deboo on Bass and Kaleb Kirby on Drums. The event is free and open to public, Saturday February 18 from 2pm – 4pm at the Saxquest on Cherokee St.

Be sure to catch our next showcases as well:
March 11 – Mike Karpowicz
April TBD – Ben Reece

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Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcase #1 Featuring Jason Swagler

Jason SwaglerThroughout 2017 Saxquest will be featuring a different St. Louis based Saxophonist every month. We are starting the year off with local saxophonist and educator Jason Swagler. Jason is the director of the Jazz Studies department at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville(SIUE), where he has been a faculty member since 2000. Jason is also an instructor through the Jazz St. Louis program JazzU, that rehearses and performs at Jazz at the Bistro.

Aside from teaching Jason gigs on a regular basis. He is one of the top call saxophonists in St. Louis.

We have assembled a fantastic rhythm section to accompany Jason for his performance as well. Jason will be joined by Adam Manness on Piano, Bob Deboo on Bass, and Kaleb Kirby on Drums.

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SAXQUEST Free Concert Artist Series – Paul DeMarinis Trio – Saturday Dec 3

Paul DeMarinisSaxquest is honored and thrilled to host a FREE clinic/performance at the shop this Saturday, December 3 with the Paul DeMarinis Trio. This event will be from 2pm-4pm, and as always it is free and open to the public.

This trio is a collaboration between saxophonist Paul DeMarinis, vocalist Debby Lennon, and pianist, Nick Schlueter. They bring together three distinct musical personalities in a soundscape that throws an innovative light on the modern jazz trio. Straight ahead grooves, lyrical modernism, and free exploration of ideas will swirl together to make for an unforgettable musical experience. With DeMarinis, the music is always creative and fresh and this performance will feature some of Paul’s recently composed music. You’ll also have the opportunity to hear Paul on soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, and wood flute. Selections will include: Portrait, Earth Angels, Advent, Learning Curve, Bloodline, Up, and At the Hillcrest Club. The event will start with a clinic by Paul and then he will be joined by the trio.

Paul DeMarinis is a St. Louis native and longtime staple of the local jazz scene. He was named the 2016 Outstanding Jazz Educator by the Missouri Association of Jazz Educators (MOAJE). The Director of the Jazz Studies program at Webster University since 1988, Paul teaches saxophone, jazz improvisation, and jazz history, as well as oversees the ensemble and academic jazz program, coordinating the faculty jazz ensemble, and directing the Webster Jazz Series and the Webster Summer Jazz Camp.

“Paul exemplifies excellence. He demands focus and dedication. He has an enviable record in both performance and education.” – Jeffrey Carter

Paul also has a long association as a saxophonist with the St. Louis Symphony, with performances at Powell Hall, as well as New York’s Carnegie Hall and overseas. DeMarinis has a long association as a saxophonist with the St. Louis Symphony; in addition to many performances at Powell Hall he has performed with the symphony orchestra overseas and at New York’s Carnegie Hall. He has performed with many jazz notables including the Count Basie Orchestra, Dave Liebman, Louie Bellson, Gary Foster, and Bobby Shew and many others. As a performer, educator, and clinician, he has been involved with the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops as well as the International Summer Jazz Academy in Poland.

Its an honor for us to present the Paul DeMarinis/Debby Lennon/Nick Schlueter Trio to Saxquest. I hope to see you all out for this amazing performance and clinic.

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2016 Saxquest Woodwind Instrument EXPO – November 19 at Sheraton Westport


I’m super excited to let you know that Saxquest is hosting a huge woodwind musical instrument expo on November 19. Its FREE and open to the public. The Saxquest Woodwind Instrument Expo will feature hundreds of custom, professional, and step-up instruments including saxophones, clarinets, flutes, and double reeds. We’ve invited all of the major manufactures to set up booths and bring their best and most popular instruments for trial. You’ll have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with Selmer-Paris, Buffet Crampon, Vandoren, Yamaha, Yanagisawa, Keilwerth, P. Mauriat, Powell, Haynes and many more. Parents, band directors, students, professional musicians, amateaur musicians, and the like will have the opportunity to play through all of the instruments and experience together the difference a professional or step-up instrument can make.

We’ve set up the event to be a good time for everyone with door prizes from Vandoren and D’Addario being awarded every hour (mouthpieces, reeds, etc….) and a big giveaway at the end for those who booked an appointment in-advance. Its meant to be an enjoyable event and give you the opportunity to experience a large variety of professional and step-up instruments in a relaxed environment. While special one-day discounts will be available, there’s absolutely NO pressure to buy!!

The event will be open to walk in traffic all day, but we strongly recommend booking an appointment to guarantee total access to all of the Expo. Both private sound rooms and personal sound coaches will be available all day. For those interested in a possible purchase, we’re offering a 10% discount on all instruments and special 0% financing on select instruments along with our everyday discounted prices. Note that a professional set-up is included for FREE on any instrument purchased ($350 value)!

The goal of every musician is to “elevate your performance”, continue to grow, and have fun while playing and performing. As a high-end woodwind specialty shop here in St. Louis, we’re delighted to be able to host this unique event.

By booking an appointment now, you’re reserving a spot along with being placed into a drawing to win free reeds for a year or $500 in store credit (no purchase necessary)! This is a St. Louis first so we hope to see you at the Expo! For more information, please visit the event page : https://www.facebook.com/events/897760717027051/

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Saxquest now offering financing!

Many of you have asked over the years, and now we can finally say “Yes!” We are now offering financing, and you can apply to finance your saxophone or mouthpiece purchase for anywhere from 6 to 60 months, at reasonable rates. Any purchase over $800 can be financed, and in most cases you can get approved and leave with the purchase same day, often in less than 20 minutes. We can fill out your credit application over the phone as well, you do not have to be in person. So if you’ve been eyeing a nice Mark VI or new Yamaha, or even just an expensive vintage Otto Link, give us a call and ask for more details.

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Saxquest presents An Evening with SCOTT ANDREWS – this Thursday-September 22, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Scott AndrewsSaxquest and Clarinetquest are thrilled to invite you all to a very special clarinet event THIS Thursday evening at our new West County location, September 22, from 6:30-8:30pm. Saxquest-West is located just behind the Steinway Piano Gallery right next to Midwest Sheet Music (see address below). We’re so delighted to offer an evening masterclass with St. Louis Principal Clarinetist, Scott Andrews.

Mr. Andrews will be presenting a masterclass in the relaxed environment of the Steinway Piano Gallery Recital Hall. This is an incredible opportunity to gleam some insights from one of our country’s top performing artists.

Whether you are playing for Scott as part of this masterclass or coming to just listen in, you’ll walk away with lots of new ideas and insights into the clarinet. Definitely try to check this out if you can!!!

Praised as “elegant” in the Boston Globe and “extraordinary” by the New York Times, Scott Andrews has been critically acclaimed in solo and chamber music performances across the country. A sought-after collaborative musician, Andrews has performed with many of today’s leading artists, and as an avid proponent of new music, he has performed with organizations such as Composers in Red Sneakers, the Auros Group for New Music, and Boston Musica Viva. He has toured and performed with such ensembles as the Ying String Quartet, the Calyx Piano Trio, and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, among many others. Andrews has been Principal Clarinet of the St. Louis Symphony since 2005. Before joining the STL Symphony, Andrews had been a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 11 years. He has also performed in the U.S. with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and with the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the Mito Chamber Orchestra in Japan.

Andrews has lectured and given classes throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Japan. He was for many years the Woodwind Department Chair at Boston Conservatory and a faculty member of the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. June 2013 marked his third season as co-Director of the Missouri Chamber Music Festival, an annual collaborative festival in Webster Groves, Missouri, which he founded with his wife, pianist Nina Ferrigno. He joined the faculty of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, in July 2013.

Originally from Virginia, Scott Andrews studied piano and violin before discovering the clarinet, studying with Edward Knakal of Virginia Beach. He attended the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts and also studied at the Interlochen Music Center in Michigan. He graduated with distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a clarinet student of Harold Wright.

Saxquest West address: 2614 Metro Blvd., Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Be sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming Saxquest events.

Upcoming Saxquest Shows & Clinics
November 19 – 2016 Saxquest Woodwind Instrument EXPO – Sheraton Westport Hotel

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Saxquest Free Concert Artist Series – ALEX TERRIER – Sept 17

Alex TerrierSaxquest is honored and thrilled to host a FREE clinic/performance and open house at the shop on Saturday, September 17 with saxophonist, Alex Terrier. Alex is one of those rare musicians with the ability to absolutely captivate an audience and entangle you in his snare of musical ideas and creativity. Prolific as both a composer and a performer, his music is always fresh yet steeped in a straight ahead tradition. Alex will be performing with an all-star local St. Louis rhythm section (Eric Slaughter – gtr, Ben Wheeler – bass, Drew Weiss – dr).

“Alex is a very gifted and expressive saxophonist. He has shown in performance a very strong developing conception as a composer and a soloist.” – Joe Lovano

This will be an event to celebrate the new Buffet SENZO saxophone. Alex is a Buffet SENZO and Keilwerth saxophone artist. His quartet performance will be from 2-4PM but we invite you to come out either an hour before or hang for an hour afterwards to try out the new SENZO saxophone. We’ll have several here in stock in both copper and silver plate finishes. We’ll also have several Keilwerth saxophones on hand to demo. Al Maniscalco (Buffet Crampon and Keilwerth Product Manager) and Steve Rorie (regional sales manager for Buffet-Crampon) will be in the shop. This is a great opportunity to meet and talk with the people who actually make these incredible instruments.

Born in Paris, France, in 1980, Alex Terrier burst onto the scene with an energetic, passionate, and distinct sound that has captured the attention of audiences and musicians across the globe! He manages his own bands both in North America with the “Alex Terrier New York Quartet” and Europe with the “Alex Terrier European Quintet” and he’s increasingly present in South America. He’s also part of the legendary Mingus Big Band. His 2014 release, Alex Terrier New York Quartet (feat. Kenny Barron), is amazing!

Alex has dedicated his life to music and I think this quote sums up his passion succinctly: “My goal is simple: try to create some beauty and share it.”

Its an honor for us to present Alex Terrier to St. Louis. I hope to see you all out to Saxquest for this amazing performance and clinic.

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TWO New Upcoming Events @ Saxquest and @ Saxquest West

We have some very nice events coming up here at Saxquest over the next couple months. Mark these days on your calendar and come out! As long as we keep getting people showing up, we’ll keep lining up fantastic events.

As previously announced, we will be hosting Keilwerth and Buffet SENZO artist Alex Terrier at Saxquest on Saturday, September 17, from 1pm – 5pm. This will be an open house-style event with a performance in the middle, with more details listed here.

The following week, on Thursday September 22, St Louis Symphony’s Principal Clarinetist Scott Andrews will present a clinic and masterclass out near the new Saxquest West location, in the Steinway Piano Gallery. The time is still to be set on this event, but it will be in the evening.

More details about each of these events will be forthcoming, so stay tuned.

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Buffet SENZO Clinic & Performance @ Saxquest – September 17

senzoIt’s a little ways out, but mark your calendars now for an exciting event at Saxquest coming up in September. On Saturday, September 17, from 1pm – 5pm, Saxquest will be hosting a Buffet Group day at the Cherokee St store. We will be highlighting the Buffet SENZO alto saxophone, and there will be plenty on hand to play-test and compare. Come see what all the talk is about regarding this top-of-the-line professional saxophone. This will be an open-house style event, and you are welcome to stop by with your mouthpiece and test out a few of these extremely fine saxes. Keilwerth and Buffet SENZO artist Alex Terrier will be giving a clinic, and from 2pm – 4pm, we’ll also have a performance by Buffet Group USA Director of Sales and Group Keilwerth Product Manager Al Maniscalco, accompanied by an all-star local rhythm section. Come on down to the shop for some great music, it will be a fun hang! Stay tuned for more details as it gets closer.

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