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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 :

https://www.saxquest.com/product/view/wow-vintage-gautrot-marquet-paris-eb-alto-sarrusophone-fully-restored-P10099

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 :

https://www.facebook.com/events/432250990502396/

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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Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcase #9 Joel Vanderheyden

Dr. Joel Vanderheyden is a versatile saxophonist, composer, and educator with tremendous passion for the unifying power of music. Currently, Dr. Vanderheyden serves as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Jazz at Jefferson College. He is a performing artist/clinician for D’Addario Woodwinds and Selmer Saxophones.

As a performer, he draws upon his study of jazz and classical saxophone, immersing himself in a variety of musical situations. On the classical side of things Joel has performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the Renegade Saxophone Quartet. He is also a founding member of the electro-jazz group, Koplant No. We have been fortunate to have Joel perform here at Saxquest on several different occassions,both with his group Koplant No, and the Renegade Saxophone Quartet.
This time around we are excited to hear Joel playing some straight ahead Jazz in a quartet setting featuring some of the best local rhythm section players St. Louis has to offer.

Joel will be performing with Adam Maness on Piano, Bob Deboo on Bass, and Kaleb Kirby on Drums. The event is free and open to the public at Saxquest on Cherokee St, Saturday, September 30, at 2pm.

Upcoming Monthly Local Showcases:
October TBD- Dave Stone
November TBD – Kristian Baarsvik
December TBD – Freddie Washington

Other Upcoming Saxquest Events:
November 11th – Saxquest Expo

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Local Saxophonist Showcase #8 Jeffrey Collin’s Renegade Sax Quartet

The St. Louis based Renegade Saxophone Quartet was formed in 2016 and is devoted to the performance and promotion of saxophone chamber music. Embracing the spectrum of saxophone quartet music, the ensemble enjoys bringing a variety of repertoire to new audiences. Among its repertoire is the standard French quartet music, new and modern music, as well as tasteful transcriptions of Bach, Glass, and Piazzolla, among others. Drawing on the diverse talent of it’s members, the quartet is unique in sound and an amalgam of the St. Louis saxophone scene. This free event will be at the Saxquest Cherokee location this Saturday, August 5, from 2pm – 4pm.

With degrees in clarinet and saxophone, Jeffrey Collins enjoys an exciting career as a freelance musician and educator. For over twenty years he has performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under Music Directors David Robertson, Hans Vonk, and Leonard Slatkin,including multiple Carnegie Hall performances. He also performs regularly with the Kansas City Symphony and the Illinois Symphony. He has toured nationally with the Jimmy Dorsey Big Band in the lead alto chair and has performed with stars like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Al Jarreau, Art Garfunkel, and Bernadette Peters, to name just a few. Jeffrey was named a D’Addario Woodwind Reserve Method Clinician in 2015.

Dr. Christopher Bartz is an alumnus of Kirkwood High School in St. Louis. While in high school he was a student of Jeffrey Collins and performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Later he earned music degrees from Bowling Green State University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Southern California. Chris most recently was Professor of Saxophone at the University of Southern California. Prior to his appointment at the University of Southern California, Chris was on the school of music faculty at California State University, Fullerton. Chris currently resides in St. Louis and works as a freelance musician and music educator.

Dr. Joel Vanderheyden is a versatile saxophonist, composer, and educator with tremendous passion for the unifying power of music. As a performer, he draws upon his study of jazz and classical saxophone, immersing himself in a variety of musical situations, ranging from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra to the cinematic electro-jazz group, Koplant No. Currently, Dr. Vanderheyden serves as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Jazz at Jefferson College. He is a performing artist/clinician for D’Addario Woodwinds and Selmer Saxophones.

Aaron Lehde is Director of Bands at Ladue High School,where he has taught since 2002. Aaron earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Performance and Music Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Aaron has played saxophone and other woodwinds for numerous nationally and locally known acts including the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Manhattan Transfer, Maynard Ferguson, Frankie Valli, Bernadette Peters, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Wayne Newton, Idina Menzel, Debby Boone (yes, that Debby Boone), Jay Leno and Bob Newhart.

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ALL the NEW News at Saxquest!

There is lots of exciting news coming up at Saxquest over the next couple months, and it’s time to start the unveiling!

First and foremost, the Grand Opening of the new Saxquest West location is happening on Saturday, August 12, from 10am – 4pm. Our new location is located in Maryland Heights, MO, at 2614 Metro Blvd, close to the I-270/Dorsett Rd intersection (in the same plaza as Midwest Sheet Music and the Steinway Piano Gallery). Over the years, we’ve heard from many loyal customers that we should have a store closer to the west county area, for all of those who find it hard to get down into the city. We have listened! Many of you may have visited the new store over the past few weeks during our soft opening, but we are finally ready to blow the doors open and make our presence known. Come out on the 12th to see the new store. Bring a mouthpiece to play a horn, bring a reed to play a mouthpiece, or just bring yourself! Please note that our regular location on Cherokee St will be closed that day.

To go along with the opening of our new store, we are finally able to unveil the Saxquest Woodwind Teaching Institute. This studio will offer lessons for players of all ages and levels, from beginner to advanced, from some of the top musicians and teachers in the area. We will begin by offering lessons for all of the woodwind instruments, but this may grow to include brass and string in the future. With flexible times available at both the West and Cherokee St locations, and competitive rates, we hope you give us a shot to help this program grow. In addition to your weekly lesson, opportunities to perform in ensembles and recitals with your peers will be available. Program director Elliot Russo will be on hand at the Saxquest West Grand Opening to answer any questions.

Another new, exciting offering by Saxquest will be our new rental program. We’ve been hesitant to offer rentals in the past, but again, a strong demand from our customers has brought us around. Starting around the end of August or beginning of September, you will finally be able to rent saxophones and clarinets. For those sax players out there, we will be offering our own Saxquest brand saxophones. The Saxquest saxophone will come in two varieties, with a beginner model for new players, and a better intermediate model for advancing students. These horns won’t yet be on hand at the Grand Opening, but we hope you come back later and check them out. As always, violin and string rentals are still available through Top Notch Violins at the Saxquest West location.

More immediate, our next monthly local showcase will feature St Louis Symphony saxophonist Jeffrey Collins and his quartet. This event will be on August 5, from 2pm – 4pm, at Saxquest on Cherokee. If you want to see some serious technical ability on the saxophone, you won’t want to miss this one! More details to follow very soon.

Finally, mark your calendars for the second annual Saxquest Expo. This year it will fall on Saturday, November 11, at the Sheraton Westport Chalet in Westport Plaza (same location as last year). We had a tremendous turnout last year, and we hope everyone who came, will do so again, and bring your friends! Once again, we will have representatives from all of the major companies showcasing instruments, mouthpieces, and accessories for all woodwind instruments. This is something that we hope continues to grow, so your support will be appreciated. Even if you have no immediate plans to purchase a new instrument, you won’t find a better place in the area to try so many different models at the same location. I promise it will be a good time!

That’s all the news I’ve got. Check back for more details about these events as they get closer, and we hope to see you at Saxquest West on August 12.

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Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcase #7 Featuring Kendrick Smith, Saturday July 15

We are very excited to present Kendrick Smith for this months Local Monthly Saxophonist Showcase, on Saturday, July 15 from 2pm-4pm. Kendrick has been on the rise here in St. Louis for several years now, and is definitely one of our favorite local Alto players. He is also one the only guys we know of who is playing a straight alto full time.

Saxophonist Kendrick Smith was born in East St. Louis, where he attended East St louis Senior High School. While attending high school he began studying with Renown Saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett, who played with Charles Mingus as well as being a founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet. After high school he received a scholarship to attended SIUE where he studied with Jason Swagler. Since college he has continued to play in the St. Louis area playing with his own band as well as playing in other bands around town. His accolades include playing Baritone Sax for Grammy Award winning singer Dennis Edwards and the Temptations, World renown poet Ntozake Shange, opening for the Stylistics, as well as composing trailer music for an Independent film in Hollywood.

You won’t want to miss this months showcase! Kendrick Smith will be accompanied by some of the best rhythm section players St. Louis has to offer. The rhythm section will be Adam Maness on Piano, Bob Deboo on Bass, and Kaleb Kirby on Drums.

If you can’t make it to the show be sure to check out the video as we will be live streaming it on Facebook.

Upcoming Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcases:
Saturday Aug 5 – Jeff Collins Quartet
Saturday Sept TBD – Joel Vanderheyden
Saturday Oct TBD – Dave Stone
Saturday Nov TBD – Kristian Baarsvik
Saturday Dec TBD – Freddie Washington

Saxquest West Grand Opening – August 12

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