Play Better Feel Better

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

So, we all know that playing saxophone can make you feel great. But did you know, it can actually do you good?  A number of recent studies have shown that playing a musical instrument regularly can have positive effects on your health and wellbeing.
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Big band album Bucket List

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Want to check out some great big band albums but don’t know where to start? We asked the experts for their suggestions:
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Doug Lawrence Interview

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Over the last 35 years Doug Lawrence has performed and recorded with an astonishing list of artists ranging from Frank Sinatra to Benny Goodman and Dizzy Gillespie.
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How to care for your saxophone finish

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

One of the first things we notice about a saxophone is it’s finish.   And there are loads of options here both on vintage and new horns from bare brass to silver and gold plating and a variety of lacquered finishes. But few how do you properly care for the finish on our saxophones and how does the finish effect the sound that comes out of the horn?
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Marshall Royal

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Amongst lead alto players in the big band world, one name rises above all others as the most influential and revered. The great Marshal Royal spent nearly 20 years as lead alto and deputy band leader of the Count Basie Orchestra but his career started long before this.
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Starting a Band - Artistic Differences

Friday, March 13, 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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A Students Progress: Getting Started

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

In this regular column, I will be wearing my heart on my sleeve and letting you in on the trials and tribulations that I am experiencing on my journey to becoming a competent saxophonist.
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Zen and the art of Tone

Monday, March 09, 2015

Sound is (nearly) everything!   One single beautifully produced note can speak (or sing) volumes.   I’m not saying ignore all other elements of technique, far from it. I admire and covet the speed and fluidity of masters such as Michael Brecker, Charlie Parker, and UK saxman Nigel Hitchcock and co. So don't give up your scales and finger-busting studies, I’m just saying, quality of tone is top of the list.
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Nelson Rangell: Red Review

Saturday, March 07, 2015

There is always something very uplifting about Nelson Rangell’s albums, of which ‘Red’ is his latest offering. It’s that passionate Sanborn-esque sound, the cutting edge production and uplifting melodies, combined with his seamless technique with more than your average vocabulary, that makes him stand out from the crowd.
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Jazzlabs Sax Holder Review

Thursday, March 05, 2015

It’s all about holding the thing properly...
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