Author: Skip Spratt

Frank Macchia – Folk Songs for Jazzers

Composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, Frank Macchia recently released two new recordings by Cacophony, Inc. The latest release, Folk Songs for Jazzers and Saxolollapalooza both feature Macchia’s captivating and complex writing executed by some of the finest studio musicians in L. A. Since moving to L.A. 17 years ago, Macchia has been weaving his way into the inner fabric of the Los Angeles music scene. The San Francisco native and Berklee graduate has been busy in the studios, writing and arranging for feature films such as Superman Returns, The Fantastic Four, Austin Powers:Goldmember, Santa Clause 2, and television shows Nickelodeon’s Oh Yeah Cartoons, Disney’s Oliver Twist, and the Tonight Show.

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Frank Macchia – Saxolollapalooza

Composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, Frank Macchia recently released two new recordings by Cacophony, Inc. The latest release, Folk Songs for Jazzers and Saxolollapalooza both feature Macchia’s captivating and complex writing executed by some of the finest studio musicians in L. A. Since moving to L.A. 17 years ago, Macchia has been weaving his way into the inner fabric of the Los Angeles music scene. The San Francisco native and Berklee graduate has been busy in the studios, writing and arranging for feature films such as Superman Returns, The Fantastic Four, Austin Powers:Goldmember, Santa Clause 2, and television shows Nickelodeon’s Oh Yeah Cartoons, Disney’s Oliver Twist, and the Tonight Show.

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Jack Prybylski – Out Of The Box

Buffalo area saxophonist Jack Prybylski has released Out Of The Box on Innervision Records & Entertainment. “One of Western New York’s premiere instrumental performers, Jack Prybylski’s (purr-bill-ski)” is a ten-time recipient of the Buffalo Music Awards top saxophonist award, having won the award for the fourth consecutive year in December 2008. His previous solo releases include Soho Strut in 2001 and Window Shopping in 2006.

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The Boy and the Saxophone

Hello to all and welcome to my blog on SaxShed.com. The winter weather is behind us in the Northeast and this blog is being written on the front porch following a long day of “Spring Clean Up” around the yard. Everything hurts but a fine cigar a cold beverage and some jazz on the radio take the sting out of my body. There is so much to tell, as it has once again been too long between entries. Read on.

There is a new saxophonist among us, thus the title "The Boy and the Saxophone." More on this later. First, I'd like to highlight some of the news and reviews on the site.

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Neil Wetzel – Misunderestimated

Alto saxophonist and Philadelphian Neil Wetzel has recently released his long-overdue solo album Misunderestimated on Hot Apple Spider Productions. Wetzel is joined by some of the area’s best jazz artists from Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley on this inaugural release. As a longtime sideman, woodwind player and educator Neil Wetzel’s abilities have been well documented over the years. He has now realized his full potential as a solo artist on alto saxophone.

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