SAXOPHONE Life

Interviews, reviews and advice to keep you inspired.

Making Music on the Road

Need to make music on the go? Touring musician and studio expert Paul Fawcus runs through his ultimate travel setup. I suppose I just like to be busy, and when touring I always need to accomplish something other than just turning up for the show each day. I knew I had...

Developing Hand – Ear Coordination

Do you want your improvised solos to soar and delight your audiences?  The first and most important step to achieve this is to develop the link between your ears and your fingers. In fact, ultimately we need to be able to transfer any musical idea we imagine to our...

Intonation and your ideal sound

One of the most satisfying musical experiences is listening back to a recording of yourself and hearing your tone and improvisation match up to your aspirations, or come pretty close. If you record yourself on a semi-regular basis, and you should, then you will notice...

Overtones on “Delta City Blues” by Michael Brecker

Michael Brecker’s introduction to the track “Delta City Blues” is possibly one of the most awe inspiring examples of overtones on sax, but understanding what he is doing can help us master overtones too.   Overtones are a great way to improve your tone quality...

PLAYER PROFILE: Andy Ross

Incognito saxophonist Andy Ross talks about his career as a busy pop player with some of the top UK groups.

Syzygy Saxophone Quartet Review

Andy Scott, saxophone lecturer at the Royal Northern School of Music looks at the latest album from the Syzygy Saxophone Quartet. New album: Songs For The Coming Day The Syzygy Quartet comprises four established and respected saxophonists; Naomi Sullivan (soprano...

ACT II: Ben Wendel and Evolving Virtuosity

Act II, a recent trio album by Ben Wendel, Harish Raghavan, and Nate Wood, hits high marks all around. The compositions are interesting and memorable, the playing is on an extremely high level, the ensemble is tight knit, and the sound engineering is gorgeous. While...

Ear Training for Sax Players

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...

Jessy J interview

Rising smooth jazz saxophone star Jessy J talks about her career and how she got started.

Randy Villars

As saxophone player for funk legend Bootsy Collins, Randy Villars has toured the world.  In this Player Profile, Randy shares his experiences touring, plus shares some advice on how to learn saxophone that has made him so successful. What I’ve been up to lately: Last...