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Welcome to our musical instrument artist area. Here you will find all kinds of information on artists who play the jazz instruments and other instruments that we have in our inventory. Some of the instruments we carry are played by New Orleans jazz masters, the people who make the music heard in big name movies, and Top 40 recording artists. Here's a taste:

| LeBlanc Woodwind Instruments | LA Sax |

Leblanc Woodwind Instruments
Leblanc Woodwind Instruments

Pete Fountain

 

The unrivaled king of Dixieland and Leblanc’s senior endorser, Pete Fountain became endeared to an entire generation of Americans as a result of his appearances on the Lawrence Welk TV show in the late 1950s. The rest, as they say, is history. Pete has appeared on the Tonight show more than 50 times, played four “command performances” at the White House and still can be seen at his own 600-seat club in the New Orleans Hilton.


The unrivaled king of Dixieland and Leblanc's senior endorser, Pete Fountain became endeared to an entire generation of Americans as a result of his appearances on the Lawrence Welk TV show in the late 1950s. The rest, as they say, is history. Pete has appeared on the Tonight show more than 50 times, played four "command performances" at the White House and still can be seen at his own 600-seat club in the New Orleans Hilton. To this day, Pete Fountain is most likely the best-known clarinetist in popular music and New Orleans jazz. For the past 30 years, he has lent his name to the model 1611 Leblanc France clarinet, featuring a 15.00 mm (.590") bore that puts Pete's distinctive "fat" sound within the reach of one and all. "I've made 80 records with that clarinet," says Pete-a convincing testimonial.





Pete Fountain

Maynard Freguson

 

Maynard Ferguson is known for the "world's most exciting trumpet sound," and in cooperation with the Frank Holton Company he has designed five trumpet models. Model ST307 is a large-bore trumpet with a full-length mouthpipe and reversed tuning slide; model ST308 is a smaller-bore version of the ST307; model ST306 has enormous volume and projecting power; model LT302 is a special version of the ST306 that features lightweight tubing for a more open feel and quick response; and model ST550 is a professional- quality horn that is priced for students.

His Theme from Rocky I album for Columbia Records was the first big band jazz album to make the Top 40. Rocky II made record-breaking sales in its first two weeks of release. Maynard makes frequent television appearances, tours extensively and imparts his knowledge and experience to students and educators as a clinician for the Frank Holton Company.

Maynard Ferguson's newest personal-model trumpet, the ST307, has been called his "best trumpet sound yet!" The newly designed full-length mouthpipe combined with the new reversed tuning slide allows the most dynamic playing freedom ever. The ST307's full high register is astonishingly easy to play, and it has a pleasing, vibrant feel with a well-centered sound. Maynard says, "I love the sound I get on this jazz instrument! The upper register is as fat and big as the middle and lower, causing no thinned-out sound upstairs."

Pete Fountain

 

Other Artists That play Leblanc Instruments:



Arturo Sandoval
Eddie Daniels
Larry Combs
Julie DeRoche
Tony Ellis Aiello
Phil Farkas (1914-1992)
Louis Stout
Ethel Merker
Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr
Wallace Roney
Plas Johnson
Urbie Green
Warren Wiegratz
Lisa Bontrager
Harvey Phillips
Mel Martin

 

 
   
LA Sax Artists
 

Jay Beckenstein


Say Hello to the New LA-705JB - the new LA Sax Jay Beckenstein Artist Signature Model Saxophone. Jay came to LA Sax after years playing other brands because he wanted something a little bit different - so we gave it to him.

The result is this Jay Beckenstein Model. Smooth and Sleek, dressed in Impact Black with deluxe scroll engraving and emblazened with Jay's initials on the body to bell brace.

The horn comes in a modern molded case worthy and able to handle a SpyroGyra like touring schedule. The magic is topped off with an LA Sax Silver Plated Artist Mouthpiece. The Jay Beckenstein model is a necessary addition to every saxophone player's arsenal or collection, jazz or otherwise..

Jay Beckenstein
Jay Beckenstein
   

Richard Elliot


Richard Elliot's last 5 solo CDs have been #1 on the NAC jazz charts. What a strange coincidence that this is exactly how long he has been playing his LA Sax Instrument.

When approached to have a signature model sax, humble Richard said "Who would want that?" We say that anyone looking for the raw, sensual sound of contemporary saxophone, had better check out this new LA-805 RE Richard Elliot signature model tenor sax.

This is the exact same horn (LA-800 base model) that has endured Richard's vigorous touring schedule, yet provides the warmth for his recordings. We have customized it to Richard's specs including his logo on the bell and signature on the brace. Plus the factory setup gives you action like Richard's horn on a jazz instrument anyone can own.

The package comes complete with Richard's mouthpiece of choice, a #7 LA Sax Silver Tenor mouthpiece and a stylish case.

Richard Elliot
Richard Elliot
   

Joe Lovano


How many legends does it take to change a light bulb? You won't care when you are playing the new LA-7303JL Joe Lovano Artist Signature Model Straight Alto and Tenor Saxophones.

Joe teamed up with LA Sax in 1996 after learning that we had developed a straight tenor saxophone. Since then, he has worked diligently with our production staff to refine and enhance the instrument.

With his ideas and our ingenuity combined, the result is the first ever artist signature straight alto and tenor saxophones.

A Satin Silver body with gold lacquer keys gives this horn the vintage look and feel that so many jazz instruments players are searching for today.

Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
   

Kim Waters


Kim Waters is one of Smooth Jazz Music's favorite stars. The curved soprano has never sounded so good as when it is in Kim's capable hands.

Kim's soprano of choice has long been the
LA-660. Now we offer the LA-665KW - Kim Water's Signature Curved Soprano.

In a classic Diamond White Metallic finish with Kim's signature and scroll engraving on the bell, Kim's horn is smashing to look at and even better to play.

The horn comes with an LA Sax Silver Plated Mouthpiece and the sound of a smooth jazz instruments legend.