Alan Merrihew

Alan has been playing saxophone since the day he heard the beautiful sound of a live saxophone played by the band director in his 5th Grade classroom.  Alan has studied saxophone with Joe Brazil and Bill Smith at the University of Washington, with Denney Goodhew at the Cornish School of music, and piano with Randy Halberstadt.  He has performed locally in many Pacific Northwest clubs and schools, in concert at St. Michelle Winery, and as a guest conductor for Marcus Tsutakawa and the Garfield High School Orchestra.  Alan has attended workshops with many jazz luminaries including Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Bud Shank, Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley, Grover Washington Jr., Richie Cole, and Stanley Turrentine.


Alan visited the Theo Wanne Factory and was blown away by the breadth of mouthpiece sounds available and by the quality of saxophone mouthpieces offered.  He started Saxophone Insights to bring the Theo Wanne mouthpiece experience to Seattle area saxophonists.  Saxophone Insights is a unique, by appointment, Theo Wanne mouthpiece test studio that features personal consultation in an acoustically neutral studio and provides mouthpiece measurement, analysis, and demo test CD recording for playback and easier mouthpiece decision making.

Alan released Angels at Play, in 2006. 

Alan plays Soprano, Alto, and Tenor Theo Wanne mouthpieces on his new CD project, The Flight of the Eagle, which he expects to be released in 2017.  He is working with pianist Jojo Jose, guitarist John Morton, and the Grammy Award winning Bass player and Producer/Engineer Garey Shelton.  Stay tuned!