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February 25, 2019

Yesterday I had the pleasure of performing at The Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach.  I was so excited to play at this legendary jazz club for so many reasons, but mostly because I love playing alto saxophone!  This club has a long, long, long, history of hosting some o...

February 23, 2019

Here is my list of the top ten most influential jazz alto saxophone players in music history

1. Charlie Parker
2. Cannonball Adderley
3. Sonny Stitt
4. Phil Woods

5. Johnny Hodges
6. David Sanborn

7. Jackie McLean

8. Lee Konitz
9. Eric Dolphy

10. Paul Desmond

February 20, 2019

Here is a quote from David Crosby about why having a good instrument makes such a difference.

"You pick it up and it brings magic.  It makes you want to play"


February 20, 2019

I've been listening to this tune a lot recently.  It is a great example of a simple and positive song.  It is beautiful. 

Here are the lyrics:

Morning has come with the first rays of sun
Breaking through our windowpane
Songs fill the air but there's no singe...

February 20, 2019

I just learned that Vandoren has come out with a new chamber size for their V16 Jazz Mouthpieces.  

From the Vandoren website:

"• S+ : The new S+ chamber is the next step in the evolution of the V16 alto mouthpiece. It offers a richer depth of sound while keeping the...

February 12, 2019

I highly recommend the Yamaha 221 Flute.  Mine is a made in Japan model and I have been impressed with the quality of my flute for years! It is extremely reliable and sounds beautiful.  For my needs, having a C foot flute has been perfect.  I have never found the need...

February 12, 2019

At a dinner party the other night, a friend of mine sparked up a conversation about the late great Leon Russell.  I first heard of him while reading Willie Nelson's autobiography.  He was his close friend and was the first person to sign Willie Nelson's guitar named "T...

February 12, 2019

I've been playing a lot of bass recently.  My favorite tune to jam out to as of late has been "Roots Radical" by the great Jimmy Cliff.  He is the performer of the hit reggae tune "I can See Clearly Now" which was featured in the movie Cool Runnings back in 1993.  I lo...

February 4, 2019

My recommendation for a great mixer is the Soundcraft EFX8.  It is compact, well built, strong, reliable, and comes with great sounding Lexicon effects built into it.  I have used a lot of delays for recording and experimentation purposes and prefer the spring reverb f...

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