New album from Roxy Coss

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Rising star on the New York scene Roxy Coss released her brilliant second album last month. She is a Downbeat Critics Poll winner and an amazing young player.
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TRANSCRIPTION: Boney James "The Moment"

Saturday, February 27, 2016

This is one of our favourite solos from the album "Futuresoul".   In it, Boney James creates beautiful flowing lines using just an E pentatonic scale almost exclusively.
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Rapid Riffs or Memorable Melodies?

Friday, February 26, 2016

It’s definitely impressive to hear sax players play at incredibly fast tempos. What is, however, far more inspiring is hearing how the great masters are able to create beautifully crafted, swinging melodic lines, regardless of tempo.
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Dave Liebman gig review

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

As someone who performed and recorded alongside Miles Davis in the 70s, Dave Liebman needs no real introduction.  Ahead of a week teaching at the Royal Academy, Dave came to The Verdict, a small club in Brighton, UK on to offer some words of wisdom and share stories.
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Grover Washington: "Mister Magic"

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Mister Magic is an iconic album from one of the founders of the modern commercial saxophone sound. We look at why this Grover Washington album is impimportant, and smooth jazz legend Boney James tells us why this is his favourite album.
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Tini Thomsen MAXSAX

Saturday, February 20, 2016

What happens if you mix Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age with baritone sax?   An amazing German bari player called Tini Thomsen has been doing just that over the last few years with her MaxSax project.
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Boney James Interview

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Creating your own sound is what we all strive for as sax players. Boney James has been doing just that since releasing his first solo album in 1992. His soulful playing bridges the pop, RnB and Jazz worlds and has earned him 4 Grammy nominations and a Soul Train Award.
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RETR0SPECTIVE: Michael Brecker

Monday, February 15, 2016

Some players attain a legendary status within a particular genre of music.  They’ll play the smoothest of smooth, the hippest of bebop, the most experimental of free… and then there is Michael Brecker.
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Follow Your Dreams: How to make a career out of saxophone

Saturday, February 13, 2016

For many, playing the saxophone is a hobby – a sideline to the day job; something to relax with; an opportunity to immerse yourself in something different. However, some dream of being able to play full time either as a change of job or in retirement. But what does it take to be a professional saxophonist?
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How to develop tone in the low register on saxophone

Monday, February 08, 2016

The saxophone is capable of a huge range of sounds spanning from Ben Webster’s warm and lush tone to late-Coltrane’s powerful and strident approach.
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Transcriptions and tips to develop your tone, fingers and improvisation skills.

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