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…

Danny Walsh Transcription of Solo on “One for Rich”

Here’s another great solo transcription from a Youtube video that I started working on a few days ago.   My tenor was getting overhauled so I thought I would take a stab at an alto solo while it was in the shop.  This is from the great sax player, Danny Walsh and is a solo he played with the Ball  State Read More…

Mark Russo-Saxophone Overtones, Altissimo and Growling

This is a great video of Mark Russo demonstrating different concepts on a Cannonball alto and tenor saxophone.  Mark was one of the first professional saxophone players I ever heard in concert.  I was in high school and went to the Syracuse Jazz Festival and a group called the Yellowjackets started playing.   I had Read More…

Chad Lefkowitz-Brown transcription of Tenor Sax Dexterity Solo

Today I am sharing a transposed part to a solo transcription done by Joey Lieber (pianist).  Joey shared this tenor saxophone transcription on Facebook in C last week and I wanted to transpose it to Bb for tenor saxophone ASAP as this was a very cool solo…….. This transcription is of a solo that Chad Lefkowitz-Brown Read More…

Free Video Lesson on Approach Note Velocity Book

I decided to offer a free video lesson on my book “Approach Note Velocity Volume 1 & 2” for everyone. I have sold many of these books over the years and really want to make sure that everyone is getting the most out of them that they can.  You can consider this an  “overview” lesson on Read More…

Ken Okutsu Traditional Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing my third hard rubber tenor saxophone mouthpiece from Ken Okutsu in Japan. It is the Traditional model and has a 7 tip opening which is .104. ( I call it a 7* tip in the recordings below because .104 is close to the traditional 7* size).   I already reviewed my first two Okutsu mouthpiece Read More…

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