"I was literally blown away!" - David Tauler
Saturday, October 19th, 2013
Recently I had the privilege of demoing the Schagerl Superior T-1VB “Vintage Bronze” Tenor Saxophone during CHUCKtoberfest 2013 where my band, DTMG, performed at Washington Music Center. I was blown away, literally!
"This model is a rare work of art among saxophones."
It’s dark depth of tone and style easily rivaled the vintage horns I play (I have played a late-1960′s Selmer Mark VI and a 1927 Buescher Artist Model for years).
The intonation and key response was on par with any top-of-the-line Selmer or Yamaha saxophones (I also play a Selmer Super Action 80 Series III alto).
This horn gave me the freedom to play as quietly, as loudly, as fast, and as expressively as I wanted to in all registers, something I can rarely say about other horns. The low B flat was as smooth as any other note. The pinky keys moved fast but were not too heavy.
The instrument felt solidly constructed. It was a little heavier then a normal brass tenor saxophone due to its strong bronze body. One will notice the unique double french pointed arms on the lower keys, an indicator that this horn has the durability needed for performing on the road.
The Schagerl “Vintage Bronze” Tenor was beautiful to look at. I noticed that the raw bronze look immediately grabbed the members of my 8-piece band and our audience’s attention, a major plus in today’s media saturated world where people hear with their eyes.
The only thing that impressed me more then the Schagerl’s look, rich tone and playability was its price. When Otrie Barrett, Jr. quoted me a Washington Music Center price that was far less then the top-of-the-line Selmer or Yamaha tenors, I was shocked.
The student-model price did not change my opinion of this instrument’s professional quality at all though. This is a horn that I can confidently front my band with on any gig.
Duke Ellington said, “If it sounds good, it is good.” The Schagerl Superior T-1VB “Vintage Bronze” Tenor Saxophone sounds great.
-Dave Tauler, DTMG
You can check out Dave Tauler and DTMG at Jammin Java THIS MONDAY 10/21!! Click here for more details!
Photography by Sharon Farmer
Davey Yarborough (Recording Artist and Educator), while well-grounded in the tradition of jazz greatness, represents a new generation of jazz innovators.
Davey’s impressive musical career has taken two distinct paths — those of accomplished performer and dedicated educator. Earning bachelor and master’s degrees in education and performance, his university studies were augmented by studies on flute with the venerable Frank Wess and saxophone with the legendary Sonny Stitt. As a performer, bandleader, composer and arranger, he has worked with Sir Roland Hanna, Keter Betts, Billy Eckstine, Buck Hill, Shirley Horn, Lena Horne and Joe Williams, to name a few. He has also collaborated with trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis, performing on Marsalis’ Making the Music series on National Public Radio (NPR). Davey also joined Wycliffe Gordon, Herlin Riley, Bill Easley and Reginald Veal on Gordon’s new arrangement for the opening theme for NPR’s All Things Considered. Davey’s sold-out performance for Dr. Billy Taylor’s Jazz at the Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater Series at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC was widely hailed as a highlight of the series.
As an educator, he returned to his alma mater, the University of the District of Columbia, as music instructor and director of the Jazz Stage Band. In 1986, Davey was recruited to create the jazz orchestra at the Duke Ellington School for the Arts in Washington, DC and built what is now an internationally recognized Jazz Studies program and Jazz orchestra “The New Washingtonians”. It is there at Ellington that Davey continues to nurture and mentor aspiring performers in this legacy.
He received the coveted 1998 Mayor’s Arts Award in Washington, D.C., for Excellence in Dedication to the Arts. Recently, Connie Chung featured Davey in a touching, insightful piece on ABC’s 20/20, chronicling his efforts on behalf of his students. The recipient of a 2000 Special Achievement Wammie, Davey also received the coveted Whitney M. Young, Jr. Community Service Award from the Greater Washington Urban League in 2000, for his work with students and within his community as a whole, as well as a DC Emancipation Day Image Award for 2001.
The Washington Jazz Arts Institute, under his directorship is a natural extension of his legacy of education and mentoring. As Artistic Director and Founder, Davey guides this organization to be a conduit to the under served population while keeping the music alive.
From 1988 to 1991, Davey’s sax was part of the memorable background music for The Cosby Show. His composing and arranging talents are heard on the musical soundtrack for the movie Uptown Angel. In addition to performing at the East Coast, San Remo, Italy, and Montreaux Jazz Festivals, Davey has recorded four albums; Collaboration with pianist, Hilton Felton,and It’s Time for Love, Lovetones and Beautiful Friendship with vocalist Esther Williams. A much sought after soloist, Davey appears on many recordings, including Ronnie Wells’ Live at Montpelier and harpist Jeffmajors’ New Age Soul and Sacred.
A dynamic lecturer, Davey conceived and presented the Smithsonian Institution’s Jazz Evenings for Young Professionals lecture series. An overwhelming success, that project led to his Journey into Jazz, which covers the history of jazz by combining a performance and lecture format.
Davey and the legendary Sir Roland Hanna collaborated on JazzMont Records on a compilation of original compositions, and Duke Ellington’s music, coinciding with Duke’s 100th birthday in April, 1999. “Royal Essence”, An Evening of Ellington is an important, historic project in this genre of music.
Davey Yarborough received the 2013 John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year Award?
The Jazz Education Network and Berklee College of Music jointly bestow this honor on an outstanding educator with a focus on jazz education, who represents the highest standards of teaching and whose results in the classroom have brought distinction to their institution and their students.
Mr. Yarborough is just one of the many fine and dedicated instrumental music educators at DESA. Congratulations (and if you'd like to listen or contribute to his Washington Jazz Arts Institute, visit http://www.dcjazzmusic.org/jazzmusic.htm).
Davey Yarborough Named Grammy Music Educator Award Semi-Finalist
A total of 217 music teachers from 195 cities across 45 states have been announced asquarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®. In total, more than 30,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K – college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, this special award will have its inaugural presentation at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominees Reception honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustee Award, Technical GRAMMY® Award during GRAMMY Week 2014.
Click Here for Full Press Release. (Grammy.org)
January 4th and 5th, 2013 I featured Schagerl saxophones at the International Saxophone Symposium 2013 host by the US Navy, and held at George Mason University. With me in attendance was Eric Beach, Washington Music Center repairman, and Christian Salzer the Schagerl product specialist from Mank Austria.
The exhibit room as you could imagine was dripping with saxosterone, and it mattered not which gender you were either. Hot licks and technical prowess were on display, as well as the finest saxophones on the planet.
On that day I showcased the new Schagerl T-1VB, a vintage bronze tenor saxophone that I got several offers for that I had to turn down. Finally these saxophones will arrive within two weeks. Also feature was the new Model 66 European Customized saxophones, featuring three necks to choose from. Naturally the choice of necks had the curious players parked at the Schagerl table.
Amongst the curious was Simon, an avid contributor on "Sax On The Web" who enjoyed playing our saxophones enough to put it in writing. I wanted to take the time to thank Simon for his marvelous contribution on the SOTW forum praising Schagerl saxophones. I really appreciate your enthusiasm Simon! To hear what Simon says, click my photo or one of the SOTW highlighted links. Thanks so much Simon! PS: Simon says, "I was blown away...It was hands down the best playing and sounding current production saxophone in the vendor room"
Otrie Barrett Jr sells Schagerl musical instruments for Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center in Wheaton, Maryland.
Christian Salzer is a Schagerl saxophone product specialist from Mank, Austria.
Otrie is a professional musician who has been a member of the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and the US Army Band. He plays Schagerl instruments and is shown with the Schagerl Model 66 Tenor saxophone in silver plate with a gold wash bell and trim. For the last two years Otrie has featured Schagerl saxophones at the International Saxophone Symposium sponsored by the US Navy Band and held at George Mason University. Otrie says, "these saxophones radiate so much warmth, you can feel it in your feet"
Mike Tucker performing on Schagerl Model 66 alto saxophone in matte lacquer.
"Mike Tucker has quickly established himself as one of the most promising young tenor saxophonists in jazz" -The Boston Herald