featured artists Winter 2021

Jason Weber

Based in Southern California

A veteran of the Southern California music scene, Jason Weber has been playing the saxophone for over 30 years. Originally hailing from the Chicago area, Jason has 6 CDs under his belt as well as numerous guest appearances on other artists’ recordings. One of the busiest musicians around, Weber performs an average of 300 shows per year with his own group as well as free-lancing with a number of other artists & bands. Learn more at Jason Weber’s Site

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Jason plays these Drake models :

Contemporary Rollover Baritone Model“Son of Slant” Large Chamber TenorPhil Woods Masters MP

Nicole Glover

Based in NYC

New York-based saxophonist Nicole Glover has been described by the press as a “precocious talent”, a “rising saxophonist”, and “uninhibited”. Recently, Nicole has been in bands led locally by Reggie Workman, Kenny Washington, Renee Rosnes, Billy Hart, Gene Perla, Rodney Green, George Colligan, Joe Farnsworth, Geoffrey Keezer, David Weiss, Luis Perdomo, and Jason Brown. She appeared in three touring bands, including Latin Grammy-winning Buika, Blue Note supergroup ARTEMIS, and Rodney Green’s “Jackson Miller”. Buika’s 2019 world tour included performances on 4 continents, including appearances at Newport Jazz Festival and Red Sea Jazz Festival. Additionally, she led her own group (the Nicole Glover Trio) which was featured in a weekly residency at SMOKE Jazz Club, as well as local venues such as Smalls Jazz Club and Fat Cat. She was also honored to appear at Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem and the Staten Island Jazz Festival with 2020 NEA Jazz Master and 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Reggie Workman. Learn more at Nicole Glover’s Site

Nicole plays the Drake Stubbie 8*

Matt Vashlishan

Based in Pennsylvania

“Simply put, these mouthpieces are incredible. The ceramic gives these mouthpieces very complex and interesting tone colors as well as a great sense of projection. Combine that with Aaron’s deep understanding about mouthpiece mechanics and extraordinary workmanship and the result is one of the best mouthpieces I have ever played!”. Learn more at Matt Vashlishan’s Site

Matt plays these Drake models :

NY Jazz Alto #8“Son of Slant” TenorPhil Woods Masters Series models

Vladimir Karparov

Based in Berlin

Vladimir Karparov was born in 1977 and grew up in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia; he discovered music at an early age and already began playing the saxophone as a child. He studied at the “The National Academy of Music” in Sofia from 1995 to 1999, with jazz and popular music as his main areas of concentration. He quickly realized that his fascination gravitated more towards jazz; to deepen his knowledge in this area, he applied for an “Oscar und Vera Ritter-Stiftung“ scholarship to Hamburg’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HfMT), with success. Yet the longer Vladimir Karparov lived away from his home country, the more intensively he began investigating Bulgarian folk music, which gradually became an essential and irrevocable component of his music. Learn more at Vladimir Karparov’s Site

Vladimir Plays these Drake models :

NY Jazz Tenor 7*Contemporary Crossover II Baritone .115″ – NY Jazz Alto 8

Saxappeal recently released his 3rd solo project, entitled “Black Gold”, which peaked at #4 on the iTunes Top 100 Jazz Charts, and has surpassed 100,000 streams on Spotify in it’s first 7 weeks of being released.

“Saxappeal”

AKA La Darrel Johnson

Based in Detroit

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“I’m performing on the Drake Contemporary Alto Sax mouthpiece. This mouthpiece is by far THEE BEST mouthpiece I’ve ever experienced! The reaction of the mouthpiece is solid, very solid! It does not in any way, shape, or form, hold you back as a player. Never have I felt a hard rubber mouthpiece cut through sound like this! Aaron Drake is on to something good with this design! When I first experienced this, I was blown away. I could definitely tell hard work & dedication was put into this mouthpiece. After speaking with Aaron Drake, I knew then that they were indeed. Each mouthpiece is personally handcrafted by him, & the dedication that he has put into each mouthpiece shows. I’m very excited about being a part of the Drake family! Learn more at Saxappeal’s Site

Darrel plays the Drake Contemporary Alto

Harry Greene

Based in London

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Harry has performed with a wide range of different groups including the London City Big Band, NYJO and Sax Appeal. He has also performed alongside legendary jazz musicians Dave Holland and Chris Potter as part of the Royal Academy of Music Big Band. Internationally, he’s appeared as a guest artist at the “Villars Vanguard” Jazz Club in Switzerland as well as at numerous festival dates with acclaimed Afrobeat ensemble Afrik Bawantu. Harry has also led his own bands at venues including the 606 Club and Cambridge Jazz Festival, and appears annually at the London Jazz Festival courtesy of JBGB management. In the studio, he has recorded soundtracks for companies such as Disney. Harry’s Site.

Harry Greene plays the Son of Slant Jazz Tenor Medium Chamber

Jesse Levit

Based in NYC

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After earning his B.A. in Music Performance at Cal State East Bay, Jesse moved to New York City to pursue his M.M. in Jazz Performance and Composition at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, which he completed in 2017. Currently, Jesse heads up Levitation Music, a network of musicians who specialize in performance, composing and arranging, production, video game, film, and other media scoring. Learn more at Jesse’s site.

Jesse Levit plays the NY Jazz Alto #8