Merlon Devine

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“I believe Theo’s pieces helps the player reach their best possible sound.”


Theo Wanne Mouthpieces are AMAZING! Evenness, Power, Clarity througout the entire range of the horn! On top of that, they really look cool too. “I was introduced to Theo Wanne Mouthpieces by a good friend who also played the sax. He raved and raved about them but I really didn’t believe the pieces could be that great. After a few months of listening to him, I finally invested in one for my tenor and I loved it! I believe Theo’s pieces helps the player reach their best possible sound. At the same time making playing the sax so much more enjoyable and rewarding for me”


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 the mid 20’s on Billboard’s Smooth Charts and was listed by iTunes as a top selling jazz single.
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Q:What is your internal experience when you feel REALLY connected to the music?
A:When I feel REALLY connected to the music, its like I zone out or go to another dimension. I believe when I play there is a shift or change in the space around me. Hopefully my listeners feel the same energy as well.


  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Jazz Studies Major





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