The Irv Williams Trio performs at Cadenza Music's 40th anniversary celebration

Cadenza Music Celebrates 40 Years

Cadenza Music celebrated its 40th anniversary by inviting young musicians representing five schools in the Saint Paul area — with rock-and-roll, stage band, and jazz combos — to perform for an audience of over 400 customers, neighbors and friends.

Headlining the party was Irv Williams, 95-year-old saxophonist, who shared tips with saxophone players after the show. Williams' career has included performing with Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and Dinah Washington.

This year's party supported the scholarship program of Walker West Music Academy and addressed the way music brings individuals of diverse backgrounds together to build positive relationships.

"Our party raised $1,500 that will be used for scholarships to Walker West Music Academy's summer music programs," said Eugene Monnig, owner of Cadenza Music. "We all really believe that we save our children by teaching them to play instruments."

Music industry vendors supported the party by donating items used as giveaways. Amati's Fine Instruments and Alvarez led the way with guitars, with additional donations from Connolly Music, D'Addario and Yamaha.

To add to the fun, Saint Paul's mayor, Christopher Coleman, proclaimed "Cadenza Music Day" for Feb. 7, 2015.