Michael Brecker Sax Solo Transcription on David Letterman Intro

Here’s another great Michael Brecker tenor sax transcription to check out.  It’s a short one of Michael Brecker sitting in with the Paul Shaffer band on the David Letterman show in the 80’s.  This transcription was done by Joe Raia who is a local sax player down in Massachusetts and was nice enough to share Read More…

D’Addario Select Jazz Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today,  I am reviewing a new mouthpiece from D’Addario called the Select Jazz tenor saxophone mouthpiece.    This mouthpiece was designed by Kevin Garren at D’Addario with the help of Jeff Coffin. Jeff Coffin is a great saxophone player who has played and toured with Dave Matthews and Bela Fleck as well as many other artists.  I have heard Read More…

Comparison of the Theo Wanne Gaia and the Gaia 2 Soprano Sax Mouthpieces

I did a review a few weeks back of the new Theo Wanne Gaia 2 soprano sax mouthpiece and have had a few people ask if I could make a comparison between the original Gaia mouthpiece and the Gaia 2 soprano mouthpiece. I have been playing the original Gaia for about seven years now and it has been Read More…

Theo Wanne NY Bros Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing another great saxophone mouthpiece made by Theo Wanne at TheoWanne.com.  Theo Wanne was one of the first sax mouthpiece makers to reach out to me and ask if I would be willing to do some reviews of his mouthpieces years ago.  I had heard his name for years as the guy to Read More…

Theo Wanne Slant 2 Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing another great saxophone mouthpiece made by Theo Wanne at TheoWanne.com.  Theo Wanne was one of the first sax mouthpiece makers to reach out to me and ask if I would be willing to do some reviews of his mouthpieces years ago.  I had heard his name for years as the guy to Read More…

Ken Okutsu Vincent Herring Custom Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

Today, I am reviewing another great alto saxophone mouthpiece by Ken Okutsu at Okutsu mouthpieces in Japan.    This is a new custom model called the “Vincent Herring Custom”.  Vincent Herring is a great alto sax player, if you haven’t heard him, do a search on iTunes and check out some of his recordings. I put Read More…

Now THIS is How You Solo on a Blues! Tim Green Alto Sax Transcription

Here is another killin’ transcription from a 10th grade student of mine here in Vermont, Jack Egan.  About a month ago, I shared an incredibly hard transcription on the site that Jack had done on Vincent Herring’s solo on “All the Things You Are”. Around that time, I shared another recording with Jack of a Youtube Read More…

A Fight to the Death-Legere Signature Synthetic Reeds Versus Cane Reeds

Ladies and Gentlemen,  today we have an epic showdown between two heavyweight champions!  In one corner, we have the undisputed heavyweight reed in Steve Neff’s reed drawer.  This is the formidable master of disaster the “Rigotti Gold 2 1/2 Strong Reed”.   In the other corner, we have a new comer to Steve Neff’s drawer. Read More…

Danny Walsh Solo Transcription on Our Love Is Here To Stay

Here’s another great saxophone solo transcription from a Youtube video that I started working on yesterday.   This is another great solo from the terrific tenor sax player, Danny Walsh (I’ve already transcribed a couple other solos by him). Danny Walsh is an amazing NYC saxophone player that  many people may not know about but is definitely worth checking Read More…

Theo Wanne Gaia 2 Soprano Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing another great mouthpiece made by Theo Wanne at TheoWanne.com.    Theo Wanne was one of the first mouthpiece makers to reach out to me and ask if I would be willing to do some reviews of his mouthpieces years ago.  I had heard his name for years as the guy to go Read More…

The Art of Jazz Improvisation-Communication

I was browsing the internet this morning when I happened upon these two amazing videos below.  It struck me that as teachers and students, we are so often teaching jazz improvisation in a one dimensional realm.  We talk about scales, licks, chords and patterns. We go home and practice by ourselves with our play along tracks Read More…

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