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Frank Drew / Press

“For his third album, saxophone player Frank Drew has gone beyond the smooth jazz that comprised his first two CDs. “I like a lot of different styles of music, but I don’t like negative music,” Mr. Drew said. “And if you stay the same, you get boring.” When he’s in front, Drew is one of the rare saxophonists to lead a band in the Quad-Cities. He moved to this area from his native Springfield, Ill., more than 20 years ago, and found the Quad-Cities heavily dominated by rock and blues music. A former percussionist, Drew switched to the saxophone about the same time he arrived in the Quad-Cities and loves the instrument for its energy. “Energy and going to the next level all the time,” he said. “It just feels good.” Drew knows he won’t be considered the next great thing in jazz, but he still enjoys what he performs. “I just do it ‘cause I love it now,” he said. “If something happens, it happens. But if it doesn’t, I’ll still be doing it”

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