Brilliant young sax has instrument stolen in Hammersmith

Brilliant young sax has instrument stolen in Hammersmith


norman lebrecht

August 19, 2017

This is a shout out on behalf of saxophonist Jess Gillam:

On Thursday morning at approx 11.30am, my soprano saxophone was stolen in Hammersmith, London.

It is a Yanagisawa S901U Unlaquered soprano. I would really appreciate it if this post could be shared so that I can try and trace it. It was in a black Yanagisawa case (as pictured) with 2 yellow reflective stickers on – some of my business cards were in the case. If you see this saxophone for sale or if you see it online, I would really appreciate it if you could message me. Thank you very much.




  • Nick says:

    I’m sorry for every musician who is deprived of their instrument. But we have had so many stories on this blogsite of valuable instruments stolen when their owners were not looking after them properly – leaving them on a train rack whilst going to the toilet, for example. I note Ms. Gillam has not given an exact location of the theft. Was it actually ripped off her person or had she left it somewhere without taking the due care to ensure its safety, I wonder? Perhaps I am just over-skeptical and she had her eyes on it the whole time and spotted the thief. In that case, perhaps we might have been informed.

    • Denis McGeary says:

      I know Jess and her sax is her life, she would not leave her instrument around carelessly. She is a hard working, highly talented musician and entrepreneur. I hope she has the instrument returned to her quickly.

    • John says:

      Oh, I’m sure you want all this additional detail not because you just want to scold her some more. I’m sure you’ve never mislaid anything.