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Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share some new developments with you.

I have known about Bob Sheppard since my Eastman days. Although Bob was there several years before me and I didn’t know him, I have always admired his playing and felt that he was kind of an unsung hero of the jazz world.
I met up with Bob when he stopped by our booth at the last NAMM show in LA. He was very complimentary of our mouthpieces and said he would be in touch to discuss getting together.
Fast-forward about 6 months, Bob contacted Dave Liebman when he found out that Dave has been playing on our new Soprano model. (You can hear Liebs on a new CD that is coming out, a duo with Lee Konitz! Should be very cool.)
Bob called me, I sent him our new tenor and alto pieces to check out and we had several lengthy conversations about mouthpiece designs.
He is really a down to earth, nice cat, who is super knowledgeable about music and tone development.
Bob liked the pieces so much that he made a trip out from LA to visit us here in NJ! We had a great mouthpiece hang.
He recently gave us this quote:

"Drake mouthpieces play, really play! Colorful and responsive in the tradition of the vintage greats." "Aaron Drake has succeeded in his design of a modern classic "

You can hear some of the audio clips that Bob made playing on these new models HERE, and check out his site too ☺ www.BobSheppard.net

Oh, here are some highlights from Bob’s career:

Currently a member of The Peter Erskine Trio, he has also toured with Chick Corea's "Origin" for two years and is featured on Chick Corea's Grammy nominated CD, Change. Over the past 20 years he has performed and maintained many of his associations and on-going collaborations with the following artists: Freddie Hubbard, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Horace Silver, Lyle Mays, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, Billy Childs, and Nat Adderley. His versatile musicianship has extended to Pop CDs with Steely Dan, Rickie Lee Jones, Manhattan Transfer, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, and Randy Newman including jazz CDs with artists Scott Henderson, Michael Franks, Andy Laverne, John Beasley, Otmoro Ruiz, Terry Trotter, vocalist Kurt Elling, Marilyn Scott, and Diane Reeves.
 

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Bob is a great guy , a friend, and a monster player.

This is really great for you that Bob is into your pieces. If he digs them...then they gotta be good.
 

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And if you're in the L.A. area, check Bob out TONIGHT (8/6/10)
Maybe he'll be playing the Drake mpcs at the gig! (and what a SMOKIN' band!!)

Bob Sheppard Quartet
Friday August 6, 2010
Vitello's Jazz & Supper Club
4349 Tujunga Ave.
Studio City, 91604
(818) 769-0905

Two shows: 8PM & 10PM

Bob Sheppard, sax
Alan Pasqua, piano
Gabe Noel, bass
Peter Erskine, drums
 

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And if you're in the L.A. area, check Bob out TONIGHT (8/6/10)
Maybe he'll be playing the Drake mpcs at the gig! (and what a SMOKIN' band!!)

Bob Sheppard Quartet
Friday August 6, 2010
Vitello's Jazz & Supper Club
4349 Tujunga Ave.
Studio City, 91604
(818) 769-0905

Two shows: 8PM & 10PM

Bob Sheppard, sax
Alan Pasqua, piano
Gabe Noel, bass
Peter Erskine, drums
That should be a dream band. I hope they record some CDs together. Bob is so good, I don't understand why he doesn't have more CDs under his own name. And Peter Erskine, wow, the perfect drummer!
 

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That should be a dream band. I hope they record some CDs together. Bob is so good, I don't understand why he doesn't have more CDs under his own name. And Peter Erskine, wow, the perfect drummer!
Yeah, I have always felt that way about Bob too.... When I saw him a few weeks ago he mentioned that he is beginning to pursue his solo career more actively. I, for one, am really looking forward to the recordings yet to come:)
 
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