Friday, April 01, 2016

Andy Ross is the saxophone player for UK funk pioneers Incognito. In this player profile, Andy talks about how he got started in the music scene as a sax player and shares tips on how to learn saxophone.
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Steve Cole Interview

Friday, April 01, 2016

Steve Cole has one of the most original voices on the smooth jazz scene but his journey to success is a little different to what you would expect. I caught up with Steve to find out more about what makes him tick, what inspires him and how he approaches practising saxophone.
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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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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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TRANSCRIPTION: Heaven Knows Best

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Checkout this great solo from Nigel Hitchcock's album "Smoothitch". This is a great example of Nigel's amazing technique with the simple yet rhythmically perfect lines.
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Dave Koz transcription book

Monday, December 21, 2015

Transcription books can be a great way to quickly learn a player's style.   Buying a collection of transcriptions can help you to really understand what a player is doing in their solos and, along with plenty of critical listening, can be a short cut in the practice room.
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Tower of Power: Back to Oakland

Saturday, December 19, 2015

This is a classic album from saxophone super group Tower of Power. Smooth Jazz saxophonist Dave Koz names this as one of his favourite albums. Find out why you should check it out too.
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Dave Koz Interview

Friday, December 11, 2015

Since the 1980’s Dave Koz has been one of the most successful commercial saxophone players in the world.
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Elan Trotman Interview

Saturday, October 17, 2015

I first heard of this great new contemporary sax player when he toured the UK with smooth jazz legend Peter White.  That was in 2012 and now it seems his name is popping up everywhere! I caught up with Elan in between tours for a chat about his career and how he got started.
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Tom Scott and the LA Express: Tom Cat

Friday, August 21, 2015

This album is one of the most iconic from 70s group Tom Scott and the LA Express. Find out why Fred Vidgor from the Average White Band loves this album, and why you should check it out too.
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