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Chris Potter: Imaginary Cities

Thursday, February 19, 2015

To say I was excited about receiving my copy of Chris Potter’s ‘Imaginary Cities’ would be one of the biggest understatements of 2015.  When he made his debut for ECM in February 2013 I was excited at what would happen; Manfred Eicher’s legendary label has always been one of my favourite record labels but add to that the original and exciting voice of Chris Potter as a performer and composer.
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What is my saxophone mouthpiece made from?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The most sought after and famous saxophone mouthpieces are those manufactured in the 1950s and 1960s. These were the pieces used by “Giants of Jazz” like John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley and Lester Young.
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Starting a Band - Getting Started

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Playing saxophone on your own is great, but for many people, the goal is to play with other musicians. In this series we follow a Sax School member through the ups and downs of joining a band.
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Snake Davis masterclass review

Friday, February 13, 2015

Although I knew of Snake Davis, I was only really aware of him for the solo on Take That’s ‘A Million Love Songs’ (for which he was apparently paid the princely sum of about £20), and one of his CDs of a couple of years ago, ‘SnakeStrings’, recorded with a string quartet.
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Bobby Keys

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Not everyone will have heard the name of Robert Henry Keys, who died aged 70 in December 2014. However, anyone who has heard the steamy tenor saxophone solo on the Rolling Stones massive 1971 hit “Brown Sugar” will know something of his work.
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Jamie Oehlers Interview

Monday, February 09, 2015

With a long list of accolades including winning the World Saxophone Competition in 2003, Jamie Oehlers is well and truly regarded as one of Australia's leading jazz artists.  Along with a busy schedule of performances around the world, Jamie is also head of Jazz Studies at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Music in Perth, where he is an inspiration for many up and coming musicians.
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How to clean your saxophone pads

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Most of us are guilty of not spending too much time thinking about our saxophones.  Don’t worry, you’re not alone if you agree with this. Let’s face it. Trumpet players are used to taking their three valves out regularly to clean them.
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Saxophone Warmup for Success

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Although it’s tempting to just pick up your sax at the start of each practice session, rehearsal or gig and “blow the cobwebs out” before you start on the important stuff, is it the right thing to do?
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Silverstein Works Ligature Review

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Much has been written and discussed about ligature design and relevance to your sound production on saxophone.  Although some players will argue that a ligature makes little difference to the tone, I have found over the last 25 years that it can make a huge difference not only to the quality of your tone but also to how the reed behaves. And, this in turn can ultimately influence your playing style.
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Simon Niblock

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Stephen Power

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