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Saxquest 2018 Concert Artist Series – Happy Habitat – Saturday August 25

Saxquest is excited to host Joel Gordon’s “Happy Habitat”, a Kansas City-based “chordless” jazz quartet this Saturday afternoon, August 25, from 2-4pm at Saxquest on Cherokee. As always, this will be a free concert open to the public. Its informal and will be open to questions with the artists. Come on out and out check out some exciting and inspiring new music!!

Happy Habitat formed in fall 2017 as a new music ensemble creating original and creative music. The absence of a chordal instrument frees up the musicians to explore and lead the group in different harmonic directions while improvising. A perfect blending of traditional jazz with ever evolving harmonies and creative ideas, this will be a Saxquest event not to miss!!

This performance will feature, leader Joel Gordon on alto saxophone, Tim AuBuchon on tenor saxophone, Ben Wheeler on double bass, and Kaleb Kirby on drums and percussion. The group performs almost all original music, composed by the members of the group. The goal of the Happy Habitat is to express the humor, quirks, and joys that music can bring through timing, harmony, and improvisation.

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Saxquest Free Artist Series Concert – Adam Larson – THIS Wednesday July 11 from 6-7:30pm

Saxquest is delighted to welcome saxophonist-composer, Adam Larson, to our shop on July 11 at 6 pm for the third installation in our 2018 Concert Artist Series. He’s joined by master bassist Bob DeBoo and and the talented Joe Hibbs on drums.

Adam Larson, who holds BM and MM degrees in Jazz Performance from The Manhattan school, has been described by Nate Chinen of the New York Times as “the sort of jazz musician who gets flagged early on as a promising talent and then hustles to meet every requirement for success.” Larson has released four albums, and his most recent recording “Second City” received a four-star rating from DownBeat Magazine and was listed as one of the best releases of 2017 by Downbeat and Jazziz Magazine. Larson keeps an active schedule, having performed at many prominent venues across the U.S. including The Blue Note, The Village Vanguard, The Jazz Standard, The 55 Bar, Jazz at the Bistro, The Jazz Showcase, and many others.

Larson maintains an impressive portfolio of commissioned ensemble writings from school jazz ensembles, having written more than thirty original works to date. He was recently commissioned by the Illinois Music Educators Association to compose the All-State composition for the 2020 convention, and continues to be a sought after clinician and master class presenter at several high schools and universities across the Midwest and beyond.

This is a very exciting opportunity for Saxquest to continue tracking the career of one of today’s rising jazz stars and and event not to miss! Remember our enthusiasm to continue hosting these events is entirely dependent on your attendance!! I hope to see you out this Wednesday evening. See you there!!

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Launching the new Saxquest Music Institute

Hope everyone has had a chance to check out the new school we’ve put together. This is a great opportunity to get lessons from some of the best area musicians and teachers. More info on the newly created facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/SQMusicInstitute/

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Introducing the NEW D’Addario Reserve Alto Sax Mouthpiece

We just got in a shipment of the new D’Addario Reserve series mouthpiece for the alto sax. This classically designed mouthpiece is a beautiful player, with a rich, warm tone, offering the player a bountiful amount of control. A sweet, lush sounding mouthpiece for true classical players. The smallest one, the D145, features a tip opening of just .057″, which is tiny, but it still feels very free and in no way is constricting, responding best obviously with a harder reed. We have these pieces available for sale right now on our website.

Stay tuned for some play test videos in the next couple days.

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RESTORED Vintage Alto Sarrusophone Available for Sale!

Here at Saxquest, we very rarely toot our own horn, but this one is an exception. Saxquest’s Chris Funck just finished restoring an original Gautrot Marquet Eb alto sarrusophone, and we now have it available for sale :


This is an extremely rare instrument, made more so by that fact that it is ready to play. Chris spent a lot of time bringing this instrument back to life, and is a fantastic find for serious collectors. We’ll try to get a video of this one up in the next week or so, if we can find someone who plays double reeds well enough to do it justice!

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Saxquest @ MMEA this week

To all our Missouri peeps, we’ll have a big presence at the annual MMEA show this week at Tan-Tar-A, so please stop by the booth and say “hi”. Zac is leading the crew down this year, with the exhibit hall open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We’ll have a good number of horns and a lot of accessories on hand for trial, and a small emergency repair bench set up too (helmed by George), so if you have a pad fall out during rehearsal, you can get that fixed too! Both stores in St Louis will still be open normal hours this week, so don’t hesitate to stop in if you need a box of reeds. We hope to see you at MMEA!

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Local Saxophonist Showcase #12 Featuring Freddie Washington

We are very excited to present our last Local Saxophonist Showcase of the year, featuring the incredible Freddie Washington. Freddie is one of the last remaining tenor players from the great Gaslight Square era of Jazz in St. Louis. Born in St. Louis in 1937, Washington began playing tenor saxophone in the eighth grade and was performing professionally by age 16. After enlisting in the Navy, in 1956, he attended the Navy’s music school in Washington, D.C., but in 1959 returned to St. Louis, where he began long associations with John Chapman, the legendary pianist, and John Mixon, a bass player who recorded with Miles Davis. Over the years, Washington has toured with Mongo Santamaria and performed with such notable musicians as Wilbur Ware, Emily Remler and Leon Thomas.

Freddie’s language, sound, and experience on the tenor is surely going to blow everyone away who hasn’t yet heard him play. We are excited to present him in a quartet setting with one of the best rhythm sections St. Louis has to offer. Freddie will be accompanied by Adam Maness on Piano, Bob Deboo on Bass, and Kaleb Kirby on Drums.

Be sure to also check out the Battle Trance Saxophone Quartet down the street at Dead Wax Records. They will be performing from 1:30-2:15 on Saturday, December 2. Freddie Washington will begin shortly after they wrap up down the street.

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Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcase #11 Kristian Baarsvik

We are very excited to present Kristian Baarsvik as our Featured Local Saxophonist for the month of November. Kristian quickly rose through the ranks as one of the top saxophonists in St. Louis when he moved here in 2011. He is currently a member of the Air Force Band based out of the Scott Air Force Base. This event is free and open to the public, and is this Saturday, November 18, from 2pm-4pm at Saxquest on Cherokee.

Kristian can be seen playing around St. Louis frequently with Tommy Halloran’s Guerilla Swing, The Dave Dickey Big Band and many other jazz groups. If you aren’t familiar with Kristian’s playing then you’ll definitely want to check him out on Tommy Halloran’s Gueilla Swing records. We are excited to present Kristian in a Jazz Quartet setting. He will be backed by some of the best local rhythm section players St Louis has to offer. Kristian will be joined by Eric Slaughter on guitar, Bob Deboo on Bass, and Kaleb Kirby on drums.

You won’t want to miss this month’s showcase!!!

Upcoming Local Saxophonist Showcases:
Dec 2 – Freddie Washington

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Annual Saxquest EXPO this Saturday, 9am – 5pm @ Westport Plaza

We’ve been working super hard and are super exciting to be hosting the 2nd annual Saxquest Expo, this Saturday, November 11, at the Sheraton Westport Chalet in St Louis. Free to come by and try horns, mouthpieces, ligatures, whatever you like! We’ll have plenty of instruments (saxes and clarinets obviously, but also flutes, bassoons, oboes, basically anything woodwind!) on hand for you to play test. All the details are here, including how to book an appointment :


Please note, both our locations on Cherokee St in St Louis, and in Maryland Heights, will be closed on Saturday. We hope to see you at the Expo.

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Local Monthly Saxophonist Showcase #10 Featuring Dave Stone

We are very excited to present this months Local Saxophonist Showcase. Dave Stone has been playing around St. Louis for several years now and has had the longest standing weekly Jazz gig in the city. He has had a steady gig every Friday night at Mangia Italiano for nearly 20 years. Dave definitely has one of the most original voices on the Saxophone in the city of St. Louis. The Dave Stone Trio has won the Riverfront Times Reader’s Poll for “Best Jazz Artist” six times since his residency at Mangia Italiano started.

Everyone here at Saxquest is very excited to present Dave with one of the best rhythm sections St. Louis has to offer. Dave will be backed by Adam Maness on Piano, Bob Deboo on Bass, and Kaleb Kirby on Drums. You won’t want to miss this months showcase! As always, the event is free and open to the public. It will be this Saturday, October 21 at Saxquest on Cherokee St, from 2pm – 4pm.

Upcoming Local Saxophonis Showcases:
November 18th – Kristian Baarsvik
December 2nd – Freddie Washington

Other Upcoming Saxquest Events:
November 11th – Saxquest Expo

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