Claude Lakey Woodwinds


Moon Hooch

"Precise and powerful as a laser beam. I have never played a mouthpiece that allows me to bring together warmth and precision in such an explosive way."


Moon Hooch captured the imaginations of thousands with its infamous stints busking on subway platforms and elsewhere in New York City: two sax players and a drummer whipping up furious, impromptu raves.

This happened with such regularity at the Bedford Ave station in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that the band was banned from playing there by the NYPD. The trio's subsequent tours with They Might Be Giants, Lotus, Galactic, and Beats Antique (as well as on their own) have only broadened the band's appeal.

Wherever Moon Hooch plays, a dance party soon follows.
"Precision, great intonation up & down the horn, and a huge, cutting sound. A serious pleasure to play on such a well made product."
For their latest album, This is Cave Music, source material was, like the first album, mostly recorded at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn by Jacob Bergson, with McGowen on contrabass clarinet, tenor saxophone, and baritone saxophone, Wilbur on tenor, alto, and soprano saxophone as well as clarinet and vocals, and Muschler anchoring things on percussion. 

Moon Hooch Uses

"The Lakey clarinet piece really opened up my sound on the horn. As a saxophonist, the clarinet has been a challenge and this piece really helped me along my journey."