Sunday, July 01, 2012

Saxquest announces four free
master classes for summer, fall

Saxquest has announced the featured artists and dates for four more free master classes this summer and fall.

First up is saxophonist and educator Chip McNeill, who will appear with his quartet at the south-side saxophone sales and repair shop at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 4. McNeill is known for his work in the bands of trumpeters Arturo Sandoval and Maynard Ferguson, and presently serves as associate professor and chair of jazz studies at the University of Illinois.

Next up, saxophonist Jeff Coffin and members of his band, The Mu'tet, will be at Saxquest at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20. Coffin, who's based in Nashville, was a member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones from 1997 to 2010, and then joined the Dave Matthews Band in 2008 after the death of their original saxophonist LeRoi Moore.

The following month, saxophonist Bob Sheppard will visit the shop starting at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 9. Sheppard's credits include a wide range of studio work, film and television projects, as well as tours with Steely Dan, James Taylor, Natalie Cole and other major artists.

The fourth master class will be presented by saxophonist and clarinetist Victor Goines (pictured) at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 20. Goines has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993, and also is the director of jazz studies at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. He's performed in St. Louis several times in recent years, both as a leader at Jazz at the Bistro and the Sheldon Concert Hall, and with JaLCO at the Sheldon.

All of these events are free and open to the public. Saxquest is located at 2114 Cherokee, two blocks west of Jefferson.

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