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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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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 :

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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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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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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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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TWO New Upcoming Events @ Saxquest and @ Saxquest West

When: 2016-10-08

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

When: 2016-09-17

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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