Amazing Jazz Saxophone Masterclass by Dave Liebman

This is a Dave Liebman masterclass from 2/7/15 in Nashville at the studio of Jeff Coffin.   I’m watching it right now as I post this but am so amazed at how deep and insightful this is that I feel I have to post it immediately.   I’m at the 60 minute mark and have to Read More…

The Sax Mouthpiece Doesn’t Matter! Really??

Today,  I am reviewing a garden hose. Ok, not really but I might as well be.  Every week, I get emails saying: The mouthpiece doesn’t matter, you will sound like you no matter what mouthpiece you play…… Charlie Parker could play anything…….. You sound the same on every mouthpiece. It’s you not the mouthpiece….. You Read More…

History of the Saxophone Video by Ben Flocks

I had to share this!  Saxophonist Ben Flocks has made a video that takes us through 150 years of saxophone history in about 10 minutes!  This was posted on Youtube in 2014 but somehow I have missed it for the last two years.  This is not a boring lecture but a musical performance where he Read More…

Just Joe’s Sax Gel Strap Review

I want to start this review out with a big apology to Joe Rohrbacher of Just Joe’s Music in Bend, Oregon.  Joe sent me a couple of complimentary Just Joe’s Sax Gel Straps to try out and perhaps review almost 5 YEARS AGO!!  This was around the fall of 2011 and at the time I was having a Read More…

The Lighthouse Omnibook-Dave Liebman and Steve Grossman Review

Today’s review is about a great transcription book by Petter Wettre entitled “The Lighthouse Omnibook”.   This book has been sitting on my shelf for a few years but I was reminded of it the other day when John Greiner (a great tenor player that I played with at Berklee in different ensembles) mentioned the Read More…

Westcoast Sax MoFo Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing the Westcoast Sax “MoFo” tenor saxophone mouthpiece.  Now, not being hip to the newest slang and terminology, I had to ask my teenagers what MoFo meant.  My daughters told me “Mofo” stood for mother-f*****, someone who is bad-a** or hard core.  My first thought was “Why would someone name a saxophone Read More…

Wes Montgomery’s Round Midnight Transcription for Tenor Sax

A friend of mine emailed me a link to the youtube video below and I have been listening to it all week long.  I love the way Wes Montgomery plays the melody on Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk. It’s got a great bluesy feel to it that I don’t hear with any of the sax Read More…

Joe Allard Overtone Exercise for Saxophone

I wanted to share this great saxophone Overtone exercise that Dr. David Demsey wrote out a number of years ago.   Dr. Demsey studied with Joe Allard from 1977-1980 and is the Coordinator of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music at William Paterson University. There is a great interview with Dr. Demsey about Joe Allard that any of you Read More…

Forestone Hinoki Synthetic Reeds Review

Today, I am reviewing a product that I never ever thought I would review.  The product is a synthetic reed.  (*Before you read further, I need to state in all honesty, that I have always hated, detested and scorned every synthetic reed I have ever tried.  Over the last 20 years I have at times tried Read More…

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 Read More…

This Guy Blows My Mind…….Derek Brown

Derek Brown has a Youtube channel called “Beatbox Sax”.  While most of us mere mortals are just trying to figure out how to play the sax the normal way (or should I say the way that is most “common”), Derek is one of those rare individuals that is breaking new ground with the saxophone.  Check out the two Read More…

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