“My first experience with Légère Reeds was at the 2016 Winter N.A.A.M. Show. I had always played cane reeds and never thought I would like the sound and feel of anything else. One of my good friends had been telling me about his experience and success with Légère Reeds and strongly suggested I visit the booth and check them out. That’s what I did, I went and talked with the staff represented there and they gave me reeds for tenor and soprano sax. I played on those reeds exclusively for months. I must say that I loved the sound, the consistency and durability of them. When the 2017 N.A.A.M. show came around I made a bee-line directly to their booth to let them know how much I liked them and wanted to represent them via an endorsement to the thousands of players I encounter yearly” – M. Devine
Love and inspiration can come from many places, but Merlon Devine’s love and inspiration to play music came from right inside his childhood home. Growing up with a singing mother and a guitar playing father, Merlon and his nine siblings lived in a home filled with gospel music. Although Merlon did not have the gift to sing as many of his siblings did, he eventually found his voice on the saxophone.
Merlon’s signature sound and gospel tinged expression on the horn has set him apart and propelled him onto various stages during his career. From mega churches to international jazz festival tours, concert halls and more, Merlon is a veteran performer known for his dynamic and mesmerizing stage presence. He has worked with gospel jazz artists Ben Tankard and Bruce Allen of the duo Allen and Allen, among others. He considers Saxophonists Kirk Whalum and Najee as mentors.
Intriguing, soulful, innovative and soothing describe the urban contemporary jazz styled music Merlon is known for. His latest single “Same Thing” reached #22 on Billboard’s Smooth Charts and was listed by iTunes as a top selling jazz single.
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