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…

2013 Thelonious Monk Jazz Saxophone Competition

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…

Great Joshua Redman Interview

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…

Great hour long interview with Joshua Redman

Here’s a great link to an interview with the great tenor saxophone player Joshua Redman.  Joshua has been one of my favorite tenor players since I first heard him in the mid 90’s.  I think the first album I bought was “Freedom in the Groove”.  Soon after that I bought every one of Joshua Redman’s Read More…

Joshua Redman Transcription “Blues for Pat” Solo

Joshua Redman is one of my favorite tenor sax players out there. I especially love his early albums “Moodswing” and “Timeless Tales”. Here’s Joshua Redman transcription from the album “Live In San Francisco” with Pat Metheny.  This tune is called “Blues for Pat” and it’s a great solo on a blues form. Redman does a Read More…

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