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Jazz Saxophone Etudes Volume 3

Greg Fishman – Jazz Saxophone Etudes Volume 3

by Skip Spratt Greg Fishman has released the latest installments in his critically acclaimed series on jazz saxophone playing – Jazz Saxophone Etudes Volume 3 and Jazz Phrasing for Beginners. His first two books Jazz Saxophone Etudes Vol. 1 and Jazz Saxophone Duets, both received critical acclaim by teachers and players alike. James Moody, Jerry […]

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Ultra Smooth Jazz Grooves

Ultra Smooth Jazz Grooves

by Andrew D. Gordon and Frank Villafranca A review by Skip Spratt   Ultra Smooth Jazz Grooves written Andrew D. Gordon and Frank Villafranca offers the smooth jazz sax lovers out there an abundance of material for study and play-along. The attractive book and CD set released by A.D.G. Productions should keep many pop-oriented sax […]

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Gordon Goodwin

  Gordon, I know you are currently based in Los Angeles, however I’ve also read that you grew up in Kansas. Tell me about that.   I did spend the first two years of my life in Kansas but we moved out here to California when I was pretty young.   Is it true that […]

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Cigars, Martinis and Saxophones

There is a light rain as I sit under my front porch this evening. This is not an ordinary evening by far. It is a Saturday night and I am happily without a gig. My cigar and martini sit next to me offering companionship in the damp, crisp fall night air. Sounds like the beginning […]

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J.P. DeLaire - In my Life

J.P. DeLaire – In my Life

Funky and soulful R&B saxophonist J.P. DeLaire has recently released In My Life as well as his single The Game of Love on Tender Girl Music. J.P DeLaire may not yet be a household name however he has been keeping good company since attending Berklee College of Music.  J.P. (Jason Peterson) DeLaire is a member […]

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Todd Oxford - Tango Madness

Todd Oxford – Tango Magnetism

Recently I was made aware of an impressive recording by saxophonist Todd Oxford. Oxford is perhaps best known as the co-founder of the Elision Saxophone Quartet as well as a member of the Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quartet. His extensive recital and performance credits include tours throughout most of the United State and across the globe. […]

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A Conversation with Blue Lou Marini

Catch Blue Lou Marini if you can. This veteran of the New York saxophone scene has been consistently in demand for nearly 40 years with no signs of stopping in sight. Best-known as a member of The Blues Brothers, and original Saturday Night Live Band, multi-instrumentalist Marini has carved out a career for a who’s […]

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