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Adam Larsen FREE Clinic @ Saxquest, Saturday December 8, 2pm

When: 2018-12-08


Adam Larson’s in St. Louis! He’s offering an intimate clinic on improvisation and introducing his new book, Leaps and Sounds.

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 The artist 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 writing 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. You can learn more about this talented musician here: http://adamlarsonjazz.com/

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SAXQUEST EXPO 2018

When: 2018-11-17


We are STOKED to announce our 3rd annual Saxquest Woodwind Instrument Expo.

The Expo will showcase hundreds of custom, professional, and step-up instruments including saxophones, clarinets, flutes, and double reeds for trial as well as instrument accessories. Nearly all of the major brands will be represented. Parents, band directors and students will have the opportunity to play through all of the instruments and experience the difference a professional or step-up instrument can make while talking directly to the manufactures.

When: November 17 from 9am-5pm
Where: St. Charles Community College – Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building
Cost: FREE

Although the event will be open to walk in traffic all day, for those interested in making a purchase, we strongly recommend booking an appointment. This will guarantee access to all that the Expo has to offer including assignment of a personal sound coach and priority access to private play test rooms. Booking an appointment also places you into a drawing to win free reeds for a year or $500 in store credit (good for merchandise and/or repair work – no purchase necessary)!

Book and appointment here: https://www.tinyurl.com/2018sqExpo

We’ll be taking over the entire Fine Arts building, so it will be AWESOME!! There’s definitely nothing else like this in the St. Louis region!! It’s a special day guaranteed to be musically inspiring. We encourage you to come out and send your students if you teach—it’s FREE and open to everyone!

Both private sound rooms and personal sound coaches will be available all day. We’re also offering a 10% discount on most new instruments and special and/or even 0% financing options. 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. Please share with anyone who you think may enjoy this experience!

Questions: call 314-664-1234 or email us at info@saxquest.com

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

When: 2018-08-25

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

When: 2018-07-11


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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Local Saxophonist Showcase #12 Featuring Freddie Washington

When: 2017-12-02

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

When: 2017-11-18

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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Local Monthly Saxophonist Showcase #10 Featuring Dave Stone

When: 2017-10-21

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

When: 2017-09-30

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

When: 2017-08-05

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

When: 2017-07-15

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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