A Lesson in Harmony, History, and Originality with Saxophone Hero Frank Tiberi

This article serves as the show notes for the Frank Tiberi podcast interview which you can listen to via any of the methods shown at the bottom of the page. 

If you’re a sax player, or improvisor on any instrument for that matter, chances are you don’t want to have to take a solo after Frank Tiberi. A true MVP among musicians, Tiberi has forged a sound for himself borne out of the sacred legacy of John Coltrane. Beginning his professional music career at the tender age of 13, Tiberi found himself playing in Broadway orchestra pits as a woodwind doubler.

In 1969, he embarked on his illustrious journey with the Woody Herman Orchestra where he became a featured soloist, section leader, arranger, music director, and ultimately the leader of the band in 1987 – a position which he maintains to this day. At the helm of the Herman band, Frank has steered his stellar group through a legacy of seminal performances and recordings.

Capitalizing on his mastery as one of the world’s foremost practitioners of John Coltrane’s harmonic approach, Tiberi has crafted classic arrangements of Coltrane staples such as Giant Steps and Countdown.

In addition to the Woody Herman Orchestra, Frank has been associated with more legendary jazz figures than can reasonably be mentioned here. Among some of the greats who’ve had the pleasure of working with Tiberi are Benny Goodman, Urbie Green, Dizzy Gillespie, Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, George Garzone, and many, many more.

A professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he has passed down his decades of mastery and experience to students lucky enough to study with him.

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Frank mixing it up with George Garzone

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