Great Interview with Sax Player John Isley

Here’s a new interview with the sax player John Isley.  I loved listening to this. Tons of great mature humble insights and observations to take note of.  Kind of guy I would love to talk to for a couple of hours…………

Here’s a quote about John taken from his website:

John’s been a staple of the New York music scene for around 30 years. Originally hailing from North Carolina, he relocated to the Big Apple to go to school. Loving the diversity, energy and music making opportunities that NYC offered, John decided to make New York home. As a traveler and wanderer, he’s been a lot of places in the world that are wonderful, beautiful and probably would be nice to live. But there’s NO place like NYC!

For the past four years, John’s been holding down the saxophone chair in Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, one of the rockinest and most fun, havin-a-good-time bands you’re likely to find. He’s also been touring regularly with the inimitable legendary diva, Diana Ross. John is also part of New York Horns, a horn section and band he co-founded in 1997.

You can find out more about John Isley at his website at

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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 25 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site


  1. Hey Steve –

    Thank you so much for reposting this interview here, and for the very kind words! It’s great to know that my thoughts and ideas resonate with others in a positive way. I’d be very happy to sit down and have a long conversation, anytime! I love talking about this stuff…

    Love your blog, and your insights into the process of playing this crazy instrument, and your dedication to furthering education. I also applaud your strength in overcoming the challenges you’ve been through. That’s a rough path, and it’s wonderful to see you not only overcome those obstacles, but to thrive afterward. Bravo for you!

    Hope all is great in your world. And thanks again!

    John Isley

  2. Hi John,
    Thanks for stopping by and posting. It’s great to hear from you in person. I really loved that video as I posted in the article. Wish you well! Maybe we can meet someday. Take care, Steve

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