Joel Frahm Monster Tenor Sax Lick of the Day!

Here is a killer Joel Frahm lick that I picked up off of a Facebook video below. Joel is trying out a TT tenor saxophone mouthpiece that he sounds terrific on (he hasn’t even taken off his winter hat or coat which cracks me up… he just walked in off the street).  At the :08 mark he plays a fast lick that I immediately transcribed in my mind (Just joking, but I did run up to my office and take about 1/2 an hour to transcribe it immediately after hearing it……..).


Joel Frahm 

If you don’t know of Joel Frahm, here is a short bio from Joel’s website:

Joel Frahm’s May 1st release, We Used to Dance, places him in the company of master musicians Kenny Barron (piano), Rufus Reid (bass), and Victor Lewis (drums).  Frahm more than holds his own in showing both the chops and lyricism that has made him an irreplaceable part of so many sessions in his two decades on the jazz scene.   Surrounded by jazz legends, Frahm makes this recording a true “coming out party” for his maturing artistry. It is his most ambitious CD to date,  featuring six of his original compositions that come to life in beautiful and variegated ways in the hands of this remarkable band. “It was an honor and a watershed experience to make this record with these incredible musicians” he says. Having made a name for himself through his associations with singer Jane Monheit and boyhood friend,  pianist Brad Mehldau,  Frahm hones his own voice on this breakout recording. Joel has also worked with a vast array of musical peers and jazz legends including Maynard Ferguson, Betty Carter, Matt Wilson, Larry Goldings, Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Andrew Hill, Ben Allison, Pat Martino, Ingrid Jensen, Dena Derose, The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Kyle Eastwood and many others. Born in Racine, WI in 1969, Frahm attended the Mason Gross School for the Arts and earned his B.A. in Jazz Performance at Manhattan School of Music. He released three highly regarded CDs on Palmetto: The Navigator, Don’t Explain (with Mehldau), and Sorry No Decaf. Don’t Explain, his latest, was the number one jazz release for radio play in the United States for two consecutive weeks in 2004, according to airplay chart and also reached number one on college radio for one week, according to College Music Journal’s airplay chart.  Joel was also recently selected in DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll as a Rising Star in the category of tenor saxophone.”

If you like Joel Frahm’s playing, make sure you check out Joel’s recordings!  I have most of them and they are terrific!  Thanks to Joel Frahm for being a continual inspiration to the saxophone world!

Joel Frahm Monster Lick of the Day-Bb PDF
Joel Frahm Monster Lick of the Day-Concert PDF


Isolated Joel Frahm Monster Lick of the Day mp3

Joel Frahm Trying a TT Tenor Mouthpiece (Lick starts at :08-:15)

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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 30 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site


  1. Thank you, Steve!…

  2. This is a gem thanks Steve!!

  3. Avatar Lawrence Fairbairn says

    Take that,
    From a cat in a hat.

  4. Avatar Kevin Ledbetter says

    Steve, how does a guy pull that off the top of his head? what goes into having
    those kind of lines under your fingers?

  5. WOW!

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