Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Saxquest to host free events with Oasis Saxophone Quartet, Dan Thomas, Trio Chymera

Saxquest, the south side shop that sells and repairs woodwind instruments and also houses a museum of vintage saxophones,  has announced several additions to their schedule of free workshops and performances featuring visiting musicians.

In addition to the event at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday with trumpeter Terell Stafford previously mentioned in this post, Saxquest also will host a performance and clinic by the Oasis Saxophone Quartet at 1:00 p.m. this Sunday, November 4.

The Oasis Sax Quartet (pictured) is dedicated to presenting contemporary works for saxophone quartet, as will as standard and transcribed repertoire. Members of the group include Nathan Nabb, a professor at Stephen F Austin University in Texas who performs with the St Louis Symphony and Houston Symphony; James Bunte, who teaches at at the University of Cincinnati and plays with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Dave Camwell, a jazz performer, clinician, and teacher at Simpson College in Iowa; and James Romain, who's assistant director of jazz studies at Drake University and performs with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.

Other recent additions to the Saxquest schedule are events featuring saxophonist Dan Thomas on Friday, November 16; and Trio Chymera, with saxophonists Leo Saguiguit and Neil Osterkamp, on Saturday, December 8.

Thomas, who's originally from Canada, now is based in Kansas City, where he co-chairs the jazz department at the UM-KC Conservatory of Music and Dance along with former Jazz Messenger and fellow saxophonist Bobby Watson. Trio Chymera, which also includes pianist Rachel Aubuchon, is a chamber music group based at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where Saguiguit teaches and Aubuchon recently earned her masters' degree in music.

All events will be held at Saxquest, 2114 Cherokee St., and are free and open to the public.

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