The Real Latin Book Review

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Anyone who has been following my blog for awhile knows that I can be a bit of a nut when it comes to Real Books.  I love getting new tunes that I have never played and trying them out on gigs.  Sometimes when I do a duo gig for a cocktail hour the piano player Read More…

Great Branford Marsalis Interview

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Here’s a great Branford Marsalis interview that I just watched on SOTW (Sax on the Web).  I thought this interviewer did a great job!   A lot of what he said about classical music as compared to jazz really it home with me.   In college, I was so stressed to play a classical piece,  it had Read More…

“The Scale Omnibus” Free PDF Book!!

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I found this great resource on the internet a few weeks ago and I wanted to share it with all of you.  It’s called “The Scale Omnibus” by Francesco Balena and it is FREE. Yes, you read that right.  It’s FREE! When I first heard of the free “Scale Omnibus”, my first thought was “OK, Read More…

Attack of the Killer Monster Links on Steroids Part 1

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We have all heard of Darwin’s survival of the fittest theory.  From my memory of Science class,  it basically said that evolutionary changes occur in a species and those changes that benefit or make the species stronger endure while those who are eliminated in the struggle for existence are the unfit.  A similar evolutionary process Read More…

ReedJuvinate Woodwind Reed System Review

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Today, I am reviewing a product called the ReedJuvinate Woodwind Reed System.  As a woodwind player, you are probably already aware of what a pain reeds can be to keep and store.  How do you best store them? I’m always curious about the different ways people store their reeds when not in use.  I’ve seen Read More…

Rigotti Gold Reed Strength Comparison

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Today, I thought it would be interesting to write a reed strength comparison article on my blog.  I was trying a new Phil-Tone Mosaic 7* tenor mouthpiece this morning with different strength Rigotti Gold reeds when I had the idea to record some clips and throw it up on the site to see what some Read More…

Phil-Tone & Theo Wanne Mosaic Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece (Updated)

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(Update: this original Mosaic review was of a prototype Mosaic mouthpiece but since the review Phil has tweaked and I think improved the original design of the Mosaic mouthpiece.  He has been kind enough to send me a new model to try.  I am updating this review and sound clip  for the new production model.) Read More…

2013 Thelonious Monk Jazz Saxophone Competition

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I wanted to share this video that is on Youtube of the 2013 Thelonious Monk Saxophone competition.  I first heard of the Thelonious Monk competition in the early 90′s.  I believe the competition started out in the late 80′s as a piano competition and then started including other instruments in the early 90′s.   1991 was Read More…

Reed Placement Poll

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I thought it would be interesting to run a poll to see where everyone places their reeds on the mouthpiece when setting up.  I know many of you will think this is nonsense and you might assume that we all do this the same but I have had so many students come in my studio Read More…

Morgan Fry Ebonite Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

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Today, I am reviewing another mouthpiece made by Morgan Fry. Morgan Fry is a great mouthpiece maker and refacer in England.  I have reviewed some of his mouthpieces in the past and had him do some refacing work for me.  I have always been impressed with his work and craftsmanship. If you do a search Read More…

Great Joshua Redman Interview

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Here’s a great Joshua Redman interview that someone shared on facebook.   I was blown away by the honesty and sincerity of Joshua Redman.  You don’t get any sense that he is trying to act or pretend like he is something he is not.   He’s just being honest and sincere to who he is.  Joshua Redman Read More…