One of the hallmarks of any professional musician is the clarity and evenness of the individual notes they play as part of a note-packed passage of music, such as a 16th or 32nd note run. I recently came across a helpful discovery in this area while practicing my chromatic scale. Cleanliness is Next to Godliness [read more…]
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Your weekly sampling of some of this past week’s saxophone-related news: A Collaboration Embraces the Sacred and the Saxophone (Jan Garbarek) Dave Liebman: Hard Work Courtney Pine gets even closer to his roots [Sorry(!), but this web page has disappeared since the original publication of this article] MUSIC PREVIEW: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe / Maceo Parker [read more…]
I just got done doing an amazing in-depth interview with the multi-gifted New York saxophonist, composer, and mouthpiece refacer Adam Niewood for our podcast (aka Best. Saxophone. Podcast. Ever.). Among the things that struck me over the course of the interview was Adam’s description of a major turning point in his musical journey. You see, the [read more…]
Over the last few decades as a player, composer, and educator with an insatiable hunger for new material to work on, I’ve amassed an extensive library of books for saxophone. Despite owning many of the countless books on the market now, there are very few books that I’ve found myself coming back to over and [read more…]
Here is another little tidbit that while not exactly being breaking news, is still something that a lot of people have still not yet seen. In an inspiring interview presented in both text and audio with Charlie Parker conducted by Paul Desmond, the two legends discuss a myriad of fascinating topics. Some of the highlights Charlie Parker [read more…]
For the premiere of our podcast – shockingly named “Best. Saxophone. Podcast. Ever.” – I was lucky enough to get to interview Ricky Sweum. Ricky is an incredibly talented up and coming tenor and soprano sax player whose career includes performances with the likes of Gerry Gibbs, Clark Terry, James Moody, Jon Hendricks, and Terry [read more…]