Burnin’ Sam Dillon “On a Misty Night” Tenor Sax Solo Transcription

Here is another burnin’ tenor sax solo by another relatively young sax player I discovered on Youtube.  I’d like to introduce the saxophone world to Sam Dillon if you don’t already know him.  I discovered Sam a few years ago but this is the first saxophone solo of his that I have attempted to transcribe.  Why?  Because they are usually too darn fast! (Same reason I don’t transcribe a lot of Coltrane, Brecker and Bergonzi solos…….) This solo seemed a bit more medium tempo so I gave it a shot.  It was hard though!  Usually a solo takes me like 3-4 hours to complete.  This one took me about 10 hours in total.

Sam Dillon-Tenor Saxophone

If you want to check out more from Sam Dillon you can read Sam’s bio here on his website.  He also has a great CD recently released called “Force Field” and an older CD of standards called “Out in the Open” that you can check out!  Also, do yourself a favor and go to this page from his website with a Slow Blues on it!  You can definitely tell Sam has studied the lines of John Coltrane right?  I just heard this and now want to transcribe this one as well……

My wife always asks me why I have to practice so much?  Well, it’s because of young guys like Sam who remind us all that we need to practice!    Thanks for the great solo and inspiration!  Hope you all like the solo as much as I do.  Feel free to leave any thoughts or comments you might have in the comments section below this post.   Steve

Sam Dillon “On a Misty Night” Tenor Sax Solo (Solo starts at 1:01)

On a Misty Night-Sam Dillon Bb PDF
On a Misty Night-Sam Dillon Concert PDF
On a Misty Night-Sam Dillon mp3 (In case you need to slow it down….)

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If you love these type of solo lines, be sure to check out my PDF books “The Best Major II-V-I Patterns” and “The Best Minor II-V-I Patterns“, which includes 100 classic II-V-I jazz lines that I have written out in all 12 keys. These lines are the foundation to building a great jazz vocabulary!!


The Best Major II-V-I Patterns


The Best Minor II-V-I Patterns

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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 Neffmusic.com.


  1. That’s some pure hard bop! Great job on the transcription and Sam Dillon is a beast! Wow, those blues lines are so good.

    • Thanks Rami! Yeah, this was a harder transcription for me. When a player starts mixing in 16ths, with triplets, 16th note triplets and 32nd notes it starts getting exhausting to try to figure out. Especially when they then start laying behind the beat! It was worth it though. Great solo! Thanks for commenting! Steve

  2. Beyond technique, Sam’s solo is all emotion, wit and nuance. That’s what I want to hear.

  3. Avatar Sören Führer says

    It’s funny how you end up transcribing exactly the things I have been listening to for a while. Thank you for doing that – I’ve been curious about many lines in that solo and look forward to studying it. And of course, what a beautiful solo by such an incredibly talented young player! love it!

  4. Me gusta mucho este saxofonista, gracias a ti lo descubro.

    I really like this saxophonist, thanks to you, I discovered him.

  5. Just the perfect solo! Right there. I didn’t know this player. Thanks for this!

  6. Love it

  7. Avatar Paul Sorensen says

    Sam sounds great! Very vibrant sound which I really like. Lots of players try to get that kind of quality brassy sound out of a saxophone but fail. Muddy foggy sounds are not what I want to hear, but Sam has figured out the right setup! Superb! I might add -nice inflections too!

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