Sharel Cassity at the Vandoren Musician's Advisory Studio NYC

Sharel Cassity at the Vandoren Musician's Advisory Studio NYC

Hi, I’m Sharel Cassity. I’m playing Vandoren equipment and I’ll tell you about that in a minute. You can find me playing (lately) in the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, Joe Chambers Big Band, Nicholas Payton Big Band, and Mike D’s Sextet. I also have my own group and I’ll tell you a little more about that later, but let’s talk about some equipment. I’ve played Vandoren reeds for over 20 years, and the mouthpieces I’ve played for about 8-10 years. I love the response that I get. I love the rich sound I’m able to get, from the mouthpiece, reed and ligature combination. These mouthpieces allow me to play anything I want to play, whether it’s a small group or a big band. With a simple change of reed size, I can play in a very soft environment, or play with a big band without any mics. To demonstrate, this is a red box #2.5 and I’m going to play something very soft for you.

I love playing the red box Java Vandoren #2.5, because it allows me a flexibility that I don’t find anywhere else. With that flexibility becomes an ability to play and express myself however I’m feeling at the moment. I get the response, I get the tone quality that I want, and most of all, the dependability. Whenever I play Vandoren, I can count that the equipment is going to be the same today as it was yesterday—the same this house as it was the last hour. When I put a reed on, I know exactly what I’m going to get. I would recommend Vandoren to anyone who’s looking for equipment and is looking to get the best sound possible.

This is an RS Berklee Saxophone and a Vandoren mouthpiece, reed, and ligature, and I love playing it. But I also know that if anything happened, I can get another one very easily, and I can get another mouthpiece to try and they would (virtually) play the same. This is a 7S and if I were to try three of them, they would play consistently. I think it’s very important to support the modern industry because in 50 years, the vintage horns aren’t going to be around for that generation. And if we’re supporting the modern industry now as professionals and helping them develop, then, there’s going to be better horns in the future, and we’re not going to need the vintage horns.

I’m playing the new Vandoren gold M|O ligature. It’s a very light ligature and it touches the reed very little, so it allows the reed to vibrate as much as possible. If you want to check me out, please visit my website: or jazz legacy productions, where you can find my latest CD Relentless. Thank you for watching, and I hope to see you soon.

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