Steven Ragsdale is a saxophonist who has enjoyed performing throughout Southern California in various jazz, pop, and classical environments. He plays nearly all forms of music, including jazz, funk, latin, swing, blues, Motown, R&B, rock, classical, and contemporary. He is also often found doing studio work around miscellaneous studios in the L.A. area. He is currently a part of many different musical groups such as Bill Cunliffe BACHanalia Big Band, Slang, Zzaj, Hyperion Saxophone Quartet, Eleventy, and many others. He has earned his BA in Music Education and Performance at CSUF and is now pursuing a Masters of Music in Jazz/ Commercial Music.
Please see his website ragsdale-music.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 300 minutes
What to Expect
You can expect a great, quality jazz experience when hiring Steven for your events. He prefers to bring musicians with him to create great music, since jazz has always been a collective art form. He will typically bring with him a keyboardist, bassist, and drummer, but can bring any combination of musicians requested, to ensure you get the vibe that you want for the event.
Steven Ragsdale will bring the beautiful sound of saxophone to your event! Whether you want a small jazz group, jazz duet, solo saxophone, jazz big band, blues band, Motown, or even classical saxophone, Steven is the right person to contact! However, Steven does not play smooth jazz and suggests finding someone else for that kind of music. You can always expect great music and good people when you get Steven Ragsdale for your event.
Set list is contingent upon the music requested, but tends to include a wide range of jazz standards. Requests are always welcome and encouraged, and if given notice prior to performance, I can and love to learn new music for your event.
Influences & Inspiration
My influences range anywhere from classic and swing era jazz to modern funk and pop music. I am heavily influenced by jazz saxophonists like Kenny Garrett, Phil Woods, Dick Oatts, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Charlie Parker, and too many more to name! My music has influences from classic jazz standards, funk and R&B, blues, modern rock, as well as others.
All I require is a corner in your venue, depending on the extent of the music you want. I can bring you anything from a solo saxophone setup, to a full big band.
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