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Practice Plus – Joseph LeBlanc

Clarinetist and app developer Joseph LeBlanc recently introduced his iPhone app Practice Plus. The inexpensive, multitasking app is a bargain at $3.99US. Building upon the success of Metronome+, Practice+ offers many features shared with more sophisticated metronomes such as settings for accents, various subdivisions, meters and sounds. In addition to the metronome, Practice+ includes a […]

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Fred Lipsius

Fred Lipsius – MiniView

Many may know Fred Lipsius as the original saxophonist, arranger and conductor with Blood, Sweat & Tears (1967-71). While with BS&T he earned several Gold Records as well as two Grammy Awards for his arrangements with the band. In addition to his official accolades, many jazz historians credit him as being a pioneer of jazz-rock […]

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Joel Frahm and Laila Biali in NYC

Joel Frahm will be in action performing in NYC on July 22 at SubCulture, a brand new underground music venue in NoHo. He will be performing with award-winning Canadian jazz pianist Laila Biali, along with Chris Tordini and Jordan Perlson. The performance is a part of Laila's residency at SubCulture; every Monday in July she […]

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Chad Lefkowitz - Brown - MiniView

Chad Lefkowitz – Brown – MiniView

SaxShed.com Artist “MiniView” Chad Lefkowitz – Brown is the second subject in a new series of SaxShed.com “MiniViews”. The MiniViews are shorter, informal interviews intended to be digested quickly in this busy world we all live. Not long ago, while clicking around on Facebook I discovered a charming video recording by Chad Lefkowitz – Brown. Although […]

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Joel Frahm

Joel Frahm – MiniView

SaxShed.com Artist “MiniView” Featuring Joel Frahm by Skip Spratt Saxophonist Joel Frahm is no newcomer to the New York jazz scene. He has been active in the Northeast and beyond for over two decades where he has formed associations and performed with jazz greats Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid, Victor Lewis, Larry Goldings, Betty Carter, Dewey Redman, […]

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Forestone Reeds

Forestone Reeds

Forestone Reeds is a relatively new reed company based in Japan producing high quality synthetic reeds. According to their website this “new” synthetic reed is actually 30 years in the making. Like many others, I have tried other synthetic reeds over the years. The appeal of the synthetic reed has been their longevity and consistency. […]

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