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Gerald Jonutz at Perugia



Gerald Jonutz performing to a packed house at the annual jazz festival held in Perugia, Italy. Gerald is playing his essential Sax Dakota Model Tenor Sax DST-XG 505.



Saxations



Saxations performing on their Sax Dakota Model Saxophones.



Sax Dakota Welcomes Joe Lovano



"Playing on my new Straight Tenor & Alto Saxophones by Dakota Sax gives me another world of Swirling Sounds and Vibrations I’ve never felt before."

-- Joe Lovano, 2017



2017 Saxophones





NAMM/2011 Dakota Booth Demo



Tony Cannon's Personal Dakota Story



Shane Philen Releases a New Christmas Album



Shane Philen holds a clinic with the 2015 GCBDA Jazz Honor Band





Shane Philen featuring the Sax Dakota SDT-XG505 Tenor Sax





Larry Geiger plays at Avenue at Whitemarsh Maryland



"Here is a pic from tonights gig at Avenue at Whitemarsh Maryland.  
Always great to play to a great crowd, even if the stage was a bit tight!  

Horn plays fantastic Pete, and I get a lot of compliments and questions.

Hope you are well."

--Larry Geiger



Review of the Sax Dakota
SDT-XR-92 Tenor Saxophone

April 18

Introduction & Appearance
 Pete LaPlaca and his staff at Sax Dakota have been producing excellent instruments for some time now and this is quite apparent with the new SDT-XR-92 tenor saxophone. I was made aware of Sax Dakota by Melvin Llord at www.mysaxtalk.com. He put me in contact with Pete who, after hearing me play, asked me if I would be interested in trying out a Sax Dakota horn and possibly endorsing them. I tried the horn and I was really happy with it. So, I purchased my SDT-XG-606 and I have been playing it ever since, that was in May of 2012. The SDT-XR-92 is Sax Dakota’s newest addition to their already excellent line of professional saxophones; it is unlike any of their previous models. The standard for Sax Dakota has been plated brass horns. However, this new model is comprised of a completely unlacquered bronze brass alloy. The hand engraving and the unlacquered bronze brass of the SDT-XR-92 give it an attractive “vintage” look. It is a really cool looking horn. I received the SDT-XR-92 on trial from Pete in order to spend some time playing it, and to give my thoughts on the horn. After playing it, I can say that this new model is an excellent instrument. I spent time on longtones, overtones, scales, technique exercises, tunes, improvisation, transcribed solos, everything I could think of in order to put the horn through the paces so to speak. I really wanted to see what it could do.

Sound, Response & Intonation
First of all, I found it to be very free blowing (a trait I prefer) which made it very comfortable to play. The intonation is very good throughout the range of the horn from low B - flat through the altissimo register and the tone was consistant as well. One of the best chararacteristics I have noticed with Sax Dakota horns is that the sound is very focused and centered and this horn was no exception. Another great aspect of this horn is the response. As I played it, I found that it did exactly what I wanted when I wanted it to happen. I did not have to make drastic adjustments or “fight” with the horn in order to get everything to sound clearly. In addition, I was able to play very soft subtones all the way down to low B - flat. Everything spoke very well.

Keywork & Ergonomics
As is the case with everything Sax Dakota makes, the keywork and action are excellent. For starters, the key work is very ergonomic. This provides for comfortable hand placment and efficency of motion which makes it easier for the player reduce tension. Furthermore, the action is amazing. There is no play or wasted motion in the mechanism.

Comparison with Other Professional Model Horns
I spent some time recording myself playing it side by side with my Sax Dakota SDT-XG-606, my Selmer Mark VI, my Keilwerth SX90-R, and my friend’s Selmer Reference 54. To keep things consistant, I used the set up I always use: a #9 facing Drake Tenor Contemporary I mouthpiece with Rigotti Gold #3 medium reeds. After comparing these horns I can say that they are all excellent horns and, for the most part, the differences in tone were quite subtle. The brightest and most focused was the Sax Dakota SDT-XG-606 while the Reference 54 was the darkest and most spread. I did notice that there was quite a large amount of resistance with the Reference 54; all of the other horns were very free blowing. The SDT-XR-92 was very similar to the Mark VI and the Keilwerth. All three of them had a very balanced and well rounded tone.



Conclusion
I can say without a doubt that Sax Dakota’s new SDT-XR-92 model tenor saxophone is an excellent horn. It has every characteristic the professional player is looking for: the tone is great, the response in impeccable, the action is excellent, and overall it is very comfortable to play. In addition to all of that, the hand engraving and raw bronze brass give it a unique look. This is a high quality professional horn that can easily hold its own with any horn on the market.

This horn is an exemplary example of the very high level of quality and craftsmanship Pete and his staff at Sax Dakota put into all of their horns which are why I not only recommend them without hesitation but I also play and endorse them.

Christopher D. Mickel, D.M.A.
Sax Dakota performing artist
Teacher and Senior Forum Moderator as www.mysaxtalk.com
www.chrismickel.com

Leilani Vidal featured on page 13 of San Diego Woman 2014

April 17, 2014

"I am often amazed at the many talented women around me. Just when you think you know someone, which I must admit, is often based on physical appearance and attitude, do you realize that what you see is only a minute part of who they really are. Dr. Leilani Vidal is a prime example of this. By day she is a Doctor of Chiropractic and the founder of the Better Health and Wellness Center. At night she trades her white coat for an edgy outfit and a sleek saxophone and becomes a member of the beautiful all-female Saxophone quartet known as the Saxations."
—Judith A. Habert, San Diego Woman Magazine, 2014

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Artists Poster





BRENCORE Entertainment Present a Great Night of SAX and R&B at the Carlyle Club featuring Brian Lenair


Community Essentials presents D-Erania and Friends


An Interview With Saxappeal

When Detroit Sounds Like This sat down with LaDarrel Johnson for an interview, one of the first things to happen was a show-and-tell about his instrument, custom made and engraved with his 'Saxappeal' emblem.

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BMRW - An Evening of Smooth Jazz - 496 West Detroit, MI.

FEATURING DEON YATES PERFORMING ON HIS "BABY" DAKOTA CURVE SOPRANO SAXOPHONE MODEL: SDSC-909


Sax Dakota Artist Endorser Ladarrel Johnson Experiences a Major Blow

Sax Dakota Artist Endorser Ladarrel Johnson of Detroit recently experienced a major blow when his automobile was broken into and ransacked of all his Dakota Saxophones along with his lap top, mouthpieces and other gear. We responded with "help" immediately when we heard about this unfortunate situation...and Dakota went all out to produce a very special custom model Alto Sax for him to get him back on his feet quickly.

LaDarrel (Saxappeal) Johnson will be performing on this new "one of a kind" model Alto Sax on or about August 1st at all venues going forward. We take great pride in the loyalty and commitment our Endorsers and try to assist them in their time of need.

Let's all support our cadre of Dakota Saxophone Artists when they need us most.


Hear from the expert, Tim Price, about Dakota Straight Tenor and Alto Saxophones



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LaDarrel Johnson is Featured in Crain's 20 in Their 20s Program

April 28, 2013

Crain's 20 in their 20s program honors success at a young age, from up-and-comer entrepreneurs to young professionals who make an impact in large organizations. LaDarrel Johnson, 27, is one of the honorees selected by Crain's editors and reporters.

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Zdany Chisholm Playing Sax Dakota Soprano Sax

PRESS RELEASE: TIM PRICE & SAX DAKOTA

MARCH 1, 2013

Tim Price, prominent American saxophone artist & educator, has been appointed to the position of Dakota Saxophone performing "spokesperson" for Straight Altos and Tenors Saxophones. Tim and Dakota President, Peter LaPlaca, recently reached an agreement which positions Tim Price as an ongoing artist/clinician focusing on Dakota's emerging Jazz Saxophone image in the marketplace with their outstanding/unique pair of Straight Alto and Tenor Saxophone models.

Tim brings a broader dimension to these two special instruments as a credible Saxophone Artist, Critic, Writer, Author, Teacher and Speaker, who, we are confident will elevate both saxophone models into the mainstream use by professional and semi professional Saxophone performers.

Tim joined Sax Dakota with a specific goal to carry our product message to those players out there who have not had the opportunity to play/see/experience these models. His immediate goal is to "spread the word and sound" of both models to Sax Players throughout the world at school and store clinics as well as major instrumental music conferences and conventions.

Look for more information/press releases about Tim and Dakota Saxophones in your favorite Music magazines, web sites and social networks.

DAKOTA SAXOPHONES DOMINATED THE STAGE...

...at the Masonic Temple in Detroit for a grand Jazz Concert on Valentine’s Day featuring RICHARD ELLIOT, DEON YATES, PHIL DENNY and RICK BRAUN.

Almost 500 Jazz enthusiasts attended this powerhouse of sax artists who performed together at a 2 1/2 hour Festival playing outstanding contemporary and memorable Jazz selections while featuring some of the very best artists Detroit hosted in many years.

Deon Yates and Family Circle Productions organized this "over the top" collection of artists to perform at Detroit's oldest and finest venue for this one night "special" of outstanding performers who left the audience cheering for more when they closed out their final set with everyone joining in for a "jam" that stunned everyone with its power, artistry, energy and expertise.

Richard Elliot and Deon Yates performed expertly throughout the event on their Dakota Sax Tenor, Alto and Soprano Dakota Saxophones to the delight of everyone in the audience.

Christopher Mickel Performs with C2J2 at The Empty Glass in Charlerton, WV







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