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If you Can Move your Mouse you Can Burn on Tenor

If you Can Move your Mouse you Can Burn on Tenor

Thanks to accomplished UK sax man Ben Castle, I recently came across what’s become a fabulous way to suck away precious hours of my life.  It’s called “Virtual Sax!” and it allows any of us to put together a funkyjazzy solo by merely moving our mouse in rhythm to two different pre-recorded backing tracks. How […]

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Anything You Can Do We Can Do Better – On the Baritone Saxophone

Anything You Can Do We Can Do Better - On the Baritone Saxophone

This guest post comes to us from Andrew Hadro, a professional baritone saxophonist, educator, and curator of THE definitive baritone saxophone destination on the web, JazzBariSax.com. After years of being a professional baritone saxophonist, I still can’t shake people’s persistent assumptions that the baritone saxophone is a lesser instrument. A Bum Rap This myth has understandable – if […]

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Mark Small on Michael Buble, Improving your Improv, and Lots More

Mark Small on Michael Buble, Improving your Improv, and Lots More

New York City’s Mark Small is a badman on the tenor. Although he’s done much more, Mark’s main claim to fame is as the tenor guy in massively popular modern-day crooning sensation Michael Buble’s touring and recording ensemble. Tours with Buble have taken Mark to each and every corner of the planet as well as […]

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Jon Irabagon Talks Versatility, Technique, Finding your Sound, and More

Jon Irabagon

This week’s podcast features master sax-wrangler, Jon Irabagon. The winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition, Jon has played with a boatload of great musicians, both as a leader and as a sideman. A regular member of more than ten different groups, Jon’s musical diversity is downright amazing and quite possibly unprecedented for […]

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6 Cool Technology Tools for Sax Players

Music Techology

The following article comes to us from Charles “Chazz” Pratt III – a life long student of the saxophone who plays as often as he can and has some great friends who continually challenge him to raise the bar on his playing. I’d like to share some easy-to-use, inexpensive musical tools which have been helpful […]

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In Saxophone News: Wayne Shorter

In Saxophone News: Wayne Shorter

Why We’re Obsessed With Wayne Shorter NPR.org This past Monday had NPR.org posting a in-depth interview with Wayne Shorter’s biographer, Michelle Mercer. Obviously one of Wayne Shorter’s biggest fans, she offers her uniquely exhaustive insights on the music and the man. The interview covers topics such as Wayne’s revolutionary role in Brazilian jazz as well […]

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Steve Cole on Melody, Improvisation, Business, and More

Steve Cole on Melody, Improvisation, Business, and More

For Steve Cole, becoming one of the biggest players in contemporary jazz was no coincidence, as this guy’s certainly paid some dues. Any artist who manges to sell hundreds of thousands of albums and score four #1 R&R Smooth Jazz hits is likely to be a force to be reckoned with. Steve is no exception. […]

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Saxophone Embouchure Made Simple

Saxophone Embouchure Made Simple

For those of you who’ve been keeping up with the blog (and shame on you if you’re not one of those people), I’ve recently been putting out articles that have to do with the art of saxophone tone creation, including articles on overtones, practicing on the mouthpiece, and proper positioning of the lower lip. Since […]

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