Ear Training for Sax Players

Saturday, March 26, 2016

It is a thrilling moment when a musician first experiences the freedom of playing without reliance on the printed score.  To be able to play a melody by ear, or to spontaneously create an improvised solo never before heard is a joy. And so it amazes me when students express disbelief that they might ever achieve this.
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LEGEND: Cannonball Adderley

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Cannonball Adderley took the technical dexterity of Charlie Parker and mixed it with a sense of cool blues and funk.
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Jessy J interview

Sunday, March 20, 2016

In a crowded field of contemporary saxophone players, Jessy J’s funky, Latino flavoured playing stands head and shoulders above the rest. Since her first album in 2008, produced by Paul Brown, she has been awarded with a #1 album, #1 track and named Debut Artist of the Year. I caught up with Jessy to find out more about her story, and her approach to playing sax.  Read More

Sax on Screen

Friday, March 18, 2016

When you start to look around for TV and movie themes that feature the sax, one thing that strikes you is how much really great playing there is on these tracks.
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Randy Villars

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

As saxophone player for funk legend Bootsy Collins, Randy Villars has toured the world.  In this Player Profile, Randy shares his experiences touring with t his legend, plus shares some advice on how to learn saxophone that has made him so successful.
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Sax, Songs and the Stars and Stripes

Saturday, March 12, 2016

As America stood on the brink of Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln used his inaugural speech to plead for peace.  Inspired by this seminal moment in history, American saxophonist and composer Brian McCarthy’s has created a new work for jazz ensemble, which includes both new compositions and reworkings of the music of the Civil War period. It’s called “The Better Angels of our Nature”. We caught up with Brian to find out more.
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Tim Garland 2016 tour review

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Ahead of his hotly anticipated new album, Grammy award-winner TIM GARLAND is about to head out on a UK tour.
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Transcription: Groovy Sambas by Cannonball Adderley

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

This month we have transcribed Cannonball Adderley's brilliant solo over the tune "Groovy Sambas". This track is on our Classic Album this month and was recorded with Sergio Mendes. Read More

Saxcraft Saxophone Ligature Review

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Could this new ligature offer the perfect balance of resonance and mouthpiece-reed connection for an authentic vintage sound?
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Readers Questions

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

This time with our saxophone readers questions we offer advice on how to deal with gurgles in your sax mouthpiece, combat motivation in your practice and improve your sax recording technique.
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