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This is Going to Piss Some of You Off

UPDATE: I wanted to clarify something…in this article I refer to my friend “Jeff” only based on the sentiment his Facebook updates – this article is NOT about him. There were some harsh attacks on Jeff in the social media responses to this article, which I feel were unfair. I know for a fact that Jeff […]

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NAMM 2013

Saxophone and Mouthpiece Highlights Plus Exclusive Interviews from NAMM 2013

For those of you who’ve never heard of it, the NAMM (which stands for “National Association of Music Merchants”) show is a ginormous convention held each year in Anaheim, California. It’s a true play land (bad pun intended) for musicians in every genre, as musical instrument and equipment manufacturers are set up in booths containing […]

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The Saxophone Greats

15 Glimpses Into the Minds of History’s Great Saxophone Players

This week I wanted to do something a bit special. Rather than rattling on with my views on saxophone playing and music in general, I thought I’d leave it to the saxophone greats to share their wisdom and insights with you. Between all of the combined quotes below is centuries worth of knowledge on topics […]

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Travis Sullivan

A Chat with Saxophonist and Bjorkestra Bandleader Travis Sullivan

This article comes courtesy of guest contributor, Todd Feldman of RS Berkeley Musical Instruments. Posi-Tone Records recording artist Travis Sullivan has earned a worldwide reputation as an alto saxophonist, pianist, composer, and arranger. He has been hailed by Jazz Times as being “…a gifted alto saxophonist and improviser who has also developed a strong and […]

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MACSAX FJ III

Saxophone Mouthpiece and Reed Discoveries from NAMM 2012

While at the NAMM 2012 show I had the opportunity to meet and network with some of the world’s leading musical instrument and accessory manufacturers as well as some of the greatest saxophonists playing today. I was able to speak with established saxophonists such as Bob Reynolds, Greg Osby, and Pete Christlieb as well as […]

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Saxophonistisches.de

Another Best. Saxophone. Website. Ever.

Regularly-updated saxophone blogs are few and far between. But recently, I came across another site at the web address, Saxophonistisches.de that is hopefully part of a trend towards modern and vibrant saxophone-specific websites. A German site run by Bremen-based saxophonist and educator Tobias Haecker, this online saxo-hub is chock-full of saxophone news, product reviews, instructional content, and even […]

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Get Gigs Jamming with Club DJs in Clubs: Part 1

Get Gigs Jamming with DJs in Clubs: Part 1

Who says that us sax players can only play jazz gigs, sleepy coffee shops, and big fat weddings? As one of the few jazz sax players out who’s also produced dance music (house music to be exact), I’ve been lucky enough to participate in this relatively unknown new world of live performance. If you’re open to […]

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Saxophone and Woodwind Doubling

Do Saxophone Players Really Need to Double?

As a sax player coming up, it was strongly engrained in my subconscious that no woodwind doubling equals no music career. I remember going to my strict but highly effective sax teacher Vince Trombetta (who also taught this other sax player named Michael Baker – or Brecker or something like that) and the accompanying displeasure of […]

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