Biography As a saxophonist, composer and teacher, native New Yorker Sam Dillon has established himself as one of the most in demand musicians of his generation. Currently, Sam maintains a very active performance schedule as both a bandleader and member of The Jimmy Heath Big Band, The Slide Hampton Octet, The Mingus Big Band, The [read more…]
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Introduction For those of you who don’t already know Matt Marantz, Matt is not just a great saxophone player, but over time has become one of the go-to guys for refacing mouthpieces. Since I have known Matt and have been able to check out his line of mouthpieces, I understand why his services have become [read more…]
Introduction When I decided to put out an interview with someone who could serve as an authority for saxophonists navigating today’s music business, I knew that the great Steve Kortyka was the guy I wanted to talk to. For those of you who do not already know Steve, here are some quick highlights to get [read more…]
Probably like most people, the thing that drew me to the saxophone was it’s sound. Initially, Coleman Hawkins on a 1950s French film sound track, then later countless other players. Early in my playing career it struck me that if you make a great sound then you don’t actually have to play that much; one [read more…]
There’s no good improviser in any style of music who hasn’t spent time mastering their pentatonic scales. The question, as always, is how do we master them and make them work for our own playing? The Pentatonic Pitfall Many beginning improvisers immediately start working with basic patterns and simply aim to rip through them as [read more…]
Background Max Ionata (Born in 1972), is one of the top Italian saxophonists on the scene today. Thus far, Max has released 70 albums as a leader and sideman with international and national artists. Max has performed as both a leader and a sideman at many of the world’s most popular jazz venues with musicians. [read more…]