Thursday, June 12, 2008

Saxophone museum opening this Saturday, June 14

It looks like St. Louis is gaining another music-related attraction of potential interest to jazz fans. According to this story in the Southside Journal, the Saxquest Saxophone Museum will celebrate its grand opening from noon to 6:30 p.m. this Saturday, June 14.
The museum, located on the second floor at 2114 Cherokee Street (at Illinois Ave), is the latest addition to Saxquest, a business run by husband-and-wife saxophonists Mark and Elke Overton. Saxquest sells saxophones, clarinets and accessories; does repair and maintenance work; and operates, a popular Web site devoted to all things saxophonic.

The Saxquest Saxophone Museum's collection includes more than 200 saxophones, among them a fully restored quartet of rare, original pre-Civil War instruments made by Adolphe Sax, who invented the instrument that bears his name in 1846. Visitors can even play the vintage saxes in a special "whisper room." You also can get a preview of some of the Overtons' vintage treasures in the online photo gallery here.

The museum is free and open to the public, and the grand opening celebration will feature free performances from Chamber Project St. Louis, James Bunte, the Paul DeMarinis Quartet and others, as well as clinics, master classes and an open jam. For a complete schedule of events, see this page from the Saxquest Web site.

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