Monday, November 23, 2015
At the World Saxophone Congress “Sax Open” this year, one of the greatest sax quartets was brought back to life. It was the first time in 18 years
that Itchy Fingers had performed and also marked the 30th anniversary of their first ever concert.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Transposing from saxophone to piano can be confusing. This time I answer a readers question about transposition, and share a few tips that will make
the process easier to understand.
Thursday, November 19, 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 thrugh
the ups and downs of joining a band.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Gerry Mulligan is perhaps the greatest, and most famous, baritone sax player of all time. During his career he played with jazz legends such
as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk and Miles Davis.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
This month we caught up with Father Matthew Askey - an Anglican priest with a passion for vintage saxophones.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
We all know that tone is important - everyone talks about it, but how do we actually improve it? Of course there are so many elements to developing
your perfect sound. Breathing, posture and throat position are all so important but how about your fitness?
Monday, November 09, 2015
Since the 1980’s ECM artist Andy Sheppard has been one of the UK’s most identifiable saxophonists. As a composer and saxophonist he has recorded
and toured with so many amazing musicians including free jazz pianist Carla Bley, Gill Evans and John Schofield. I caught up with Andy to chat about
the approach to learning saxophone that has made him so successful.
Saturday, November 07, 2015
Just about all of us start on alto or tenor, but only a few of us venture onto bari sax. In fact there is a good chance that most people reading
this article have never had a blow on a bari, let alone worked professionally playing it. So, how do we make the change and why should we? We spoke
to two leading “Bari specialists” in England to find out more. Read More
Thursday, November 05, 2015
One day, while teaching a lesson, a student asked, “When you’re improvising, and you’re going to play a scale over a chord, how do you choose your notes?”
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Although we are tempted with a seemingly endless supply of gadgets and accessories in the quest for the ultimate saxophone sound, this might actually be
the most important one I’ve come across for a while.