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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.