Hi! I am Steve Neff

I have been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 25 years. I love teaching and anything to do with the saxophone. I hope you find this website helpful in your musical journey. Thanks, Steve

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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.

The SYOS Originals Smoky, Steady and Spark Model Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing and comparing three new SYOS Originals series alto saxophone mouthpieces.  SYOS mouthpieces has released this new Originals SYOS line of tenor, alto and soprano saxophone mouthpieces to give saxophone players a simpler way to order a quality saxophone mouthpiece at a more affordable price point.  I have already reviewed the SYOS Read More…

The SYOS Originals Smoky, Steady and Spark Model Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing and comparing three new SYOS Originals series tenor saxophone mouthpieces.  SYOS mouthpieces has released this new Originals SYOS line of tenor, alto and soprano saxophone mouthpieces to give saxophone players a simpler way to order a quality saxophone mouthpiece at a more affordable price point.  I have already reviewed the SYOS Read More…

Ken Okutsu Traditional Soprano Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing a great soprano saxophone mouthpiece made by Ken Okutsu at Okutsu mouthpieces in Japan.    This is a hard rubber Okutsu Traditional model soprano saxophone mouthpiece with an 8 tip opening. Ken Okutsu Traditional Soprano Saxophone Mouthpiece Here is some information from the Okutsu website about the Okutsu Traditional soprano saxophone Read More…

Johannes Gerber Vintage Slant 7* Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece 2022 Review

Today, I am reviewing a Johannes Gerber Vintage Slant 7* tenor saxophone mouthpiece made by Johannes Gerber mouthpieces.  I first reviewed a Johannes Gerber Vintage Slant tenor mouthpiece here over 12 years ago.  I was incredibly impressed with Johannes Gerber’s craftsmanship 12 years ago when I first played the Gerber Vintage Slant tenor saxophone mouthpiece Read More…

Theo Wanne Durga 5 Gold Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing the Durga 5 gold tenor saxophone mouthpiece made by Theo Wanne.  Last year, I reviewed Theo Wanne’s darkest tenor saxophone mouthpiece which is the Ambika 3 (Ambika 3 Review), as well as Theo Wanne’s brightest tenor saxophone mouthpiece called the Shiva 3 (Shiva 3 Review). The Durga 5 is ranked second Read More…

Do Mouthpiece Patches and Beak Height Make a Difference to the Sound of a Saxophone?

Today, I am posting a personal experiment of mine to answer some questions I have about the discernible differences a mouthpiece patch and the mouthpiece beak height make to the sound of the saxophone.  I know many of you out there will perhaps think this is foolish but I am doing this to satisfy my Read More…

Alexander Superial I Jazz 7* Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing an Alexander Superial I Jazz 7* tenor saxophone mouthpiece made by Tom Alexander at Alexander Reeds Intl..  Tom Alexander reached out to me on January 24th of 2020 asking if I would be interested in reviewing his new Superial I Jazz tenor saxophone mouthpiece.  He was very excited about the Superial Read More…

Sax Clinic SCV Tonus Mundi and Sonus Divinus Saxophone Ligature Review

Today, I am reviewing a couple of great new quality saxophone ligatures that I received from the Sax Clinic in North Macedonia. The Sax Clinic sent me a Sonus Divinus and Tonus Mundi model ligature for hard rubber tenor saxophone mouthpieces and a Sonus Divinus model ligature for Guardala sized metal tenor saxophone mouthpieces.  I have Read More…

Drake FG (Freddie Gregory) Model Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing a Drake FG (Freddie Gregory) model 8 tenor saxophone mouthpiece made by Aaron Drake at Drake mouthpieces.  This Drake FG model tenor saxophone mouthpiece was inspired by a Freddie Gregory  hard rubber tenor sax mouthpiece that Jeff Coffin plays and that Aaron Drake did some work on. Aaron told me that Read More…

Doug Webb’s Monumental Performance of El Cerdo Gordo with 150+ Instruments

Wow!   I’m almost speechless after watching this video of saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Doug Webb’s performance on El Cerdo Gordo by Ladd McIntosh.   Doug plays over 150+ instruments on this video.  Many of which I have never seen before or knew existed.  This is such a monumental undertaking and I can’t even begin to comprehend the Read More…

Eye-Opening Boston Sax Shop Heritage Tenor Saxophone Neck Review

Today, I am excited to be reviewing the new BSS (Boston Sax Shop) Heritage tenor saxophone neck released by Jack Tyler at the Boston Sax Shop.   Jack had told me about this new BSS Heritage tenor sax neck a number of years ago and although I am a bit tentative to add another variable to Read More…

Will the Real Michael Brecker’s Sax Mouthpiece Please Stand Up?

I wanted to write a blog post on this subject because there has been a lot of discussion and confusion over the years about the Guardala tenor saxophone mouthpiece that Michael Brecker played on.    I started a discussion on this subject on Facebook but thought it would be good to post what I discovered Read More…

Mike Tucker Swingin’ One Chorus Confirmation Tenor Saxophone Solo Transcription

Here is another transcription of a great Mike Tucker tenor saxophone solo that Mike posted on Instagram a few days ago. This is a short but sweet one chorus solo on the changes to the tune “Confirmation” by Charlie Parker. I can’t resist transcribing these short solos as I can do them pretty quickly and Read More…

Chris Potter’s Incredible Scrapple from the Apple Tenor Saxophone Solo Transcription

Here is another great tenor saxophone solo by the always amazing, Chris Potter. If you are a tenor sax player, you probably know who Chris Potter is.  I first heard of him during the early 2000’s when a fellow musician told me about Chris’s amazing sax playing.   I have been listening to him ever since…….. Read More…

Theo Wanne Water Classical Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

I was excited to hear that Theo Wanne was releasing a new classical alto saxophone mouthpiece called the Theo Wanne WATER classical alto saxophone mouthpiece a few months ago and asked Theo Wanne if I could review it here on the site.  I was even more excited to hear that it was only $99 dollars! Read More…

Theo Wanne Shiva 3 Gold Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing the Shiva 3 gold tenor saxophone mouthpiece made by Theo Wanne.  I just reviewed Theo Wanne’s darkest tenor sax mouthpiece which is the Ambika 3 (Ambika 3 Review), so today, I thought I would jump to the complete opposite end of the saxophone tone spectrum and review Theo Wanne’s brightest tenor Read More…

Macsax Jalapeño ATX Gold Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing a beautifully crafted Macsax Jalapeño 8* tenor saxophone mouthpiece.  I was contacted by Jeff Gjertsen at Macsax earlier this year and asked if I would be willing to review the brand new Macsax Jalapeño tenor saxophone mouthpiece.  Of course, I was super excited to try this beautiful tenor sax mouthpiece as Read More…

Theo Wanne Ambika 3 Gold Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing the Ambika 3 7* gold tenor saxophone mouthpiece made by Theo Wanne.  I reviewed the first version of the hard rubber Theo Wanne Ambika tenor saxophone mouthpiece over ten years ago when it first came out and am excited to be able to now review this new third version of the Read More…

Revisiting a Lamberson J7 Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am again reviewing one of my favorite tenor saxophone mouthpieces, my beloved Lamberson J7 hard rubber tenor saxophone mouthpiece that I have had for about 14+ years.  I reviewed the Lamberson J7 many years ago here on the site but the original Lamberson J7 review is pretty lame compared to my standards for Read More…

The SYOS Originals Smoky, Steady and Spark Model Soprano Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am comparing three new SYOS Originals series soprano saxophone mouthpieces.  SYOS mouthpieces has released this new Originals SYOS line of mouthpieces this month to give saxophone players a simpler way to order a quality mouthpiece at a more affordable price point. The SYOS Originals series comes in three models for tenor, alto and Read More…