Steven Ragsdale is a jazz saxophonist, composer, and arranger from Southern California. He is currently a member of several ensembles including the Luke Carlson Big Band, Mercy Stone, Zzaj, and the Noir Saxophone Quartet, as well as a side-man for many other projects and sessions with big bands, composers, pop artists, and orchestras. Ragsdale has had the opportunity to study with Jeff Ellwood, Charlie Richard, Bill Cunliffe, Francisco Torres, Kye Palmer, George Cables, and James Rotter. He was graduated from California State University Fullerton with an MM in Jazz Performance as well as a BA in Music Education. As a teacher, he works with young students, both privately and as a regular clinician for various local schools. Steven Ragsdale is an Eastman performing artist.
What They Play
The 52nd Street saxophone is a professional instrument and comes unlacquered for a truly vintage appearance. It is an exceptionally responsive horn in all registers and produces a big, fat sound with precise intonation. A larger bell and rolled-style tone holes contribute to the sound qualities of this instrument that many compare to some of the great vintage horns of the past.
• 52nd St. Eb Alto Saxophone
• High F# key, aged unlacquered brass finish
• Adjustable thumbrest
• Large bell, rolled-style tone holes, special 52nd St. engraving
• "S" neck
• Deluxe case w/storage pockets and backpack straps