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  • Saxophonist Allison Dyer | Teen Jazz Artist

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    At the moment I’m playing an Alpine brand Alto Saxophone with Laz Voz 2 and 1/2 reeds. In regards to my Baritone, which is a Yamaha, I’m using a hard plastic Yamaha Jazz Mouthpiece and switch between using Rico Plasticover (3) reeds and Vandoren Paris (3) reeds.

    Who have you studied with?

    In the past I’ve studied with Peter Sommer, Charles Emerich, Gary Johnson, and Dan Bell. Currently I’m studying with Dave Wonsey, David Porier, Jennifer Hobbs, and Joe Bouchard.

    Saxophonist Allison Dyer

    Located in Salida, Colorado, USA

    • Saxophone
    • 8 years of playing
    • Doubles on drums

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    [What’s this?]

    Why did you begin studying music?

    I originally began studying music in fifth grade because the school urged us to do either choir or concert band. While it took me a while to decide on an instrument (I planned on flute till the day of when I changed to trumpet which I then changed to saxophone about twenty minutes before rentals were signed) I chose to play in the band because my father’s side of the family had all been musicians in various genres since their younger years and I had grown up knowing music to be a contributor to my day to day life. I played alto for about three and a half years after joining my middle school band until the conductor asked me if I was interested in playing bari because of our severe lack of bass section at the time due to the amount of students leaving for the high school. After taking the opportunity I played bari for a few months before I began to work with a local college group and truly begin my passion for jazz.

    What are you doing with music now?

    At the moment I’m playing with seven different groups at my current boarding school in Connecticut. I’ve recently been voted vice president of the band and was inducted into the National Music Honors Society (Tri M) two years ago. Specifically, I’m focusing on jazz improvisation and music theory as I prepare for college auditions in order to music major at whatever university I ultimately go to. I’m also trying to form a group independent of the school to perform newer music with and test out my upcoming composition piece for senior year.

    Who are some of your influences?

    The groups that probably influence my playing the most are Streetlight Manifesto, The Budos Band, The Chad Makela Quartet, Crash Kings, and The Cinematic Orchestra. The individual artists that influence my playing style tend to fluctuate fairly often, but consistently I find myself looking to Gary Smulyan, Jared Tenkyll, Brad of “Brad Sucks”, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, and Cobus Potgieter.

    What would you like to do with music in the future?

    In the rest of my high school career I plan on starting my own group to perform new material and collaborative projects of the band. In college I plan to music major in performance and composition coupled with a double major in psychology so that I may, beyond the university, make a living both performing as a musician as well as study the neurological effects of music on the human brain.

    Would you like to add anything else?

    I’m open to projects with any other musician through most mediums (i.e. live collaboration or digital work and overlay). I’m also open to talking with anyone who wants to talk music or otherwise.


     

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    November 6, 2012 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 1238

  • Saxophonist Trevon James | Teen Jazz Artist

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    687GN
    Bb Tenor Saxophone
    Selmer Bundy II Alto Saxophone
    Vandoren Alto Saxophone Reeds 3

    Why did you begin studying music?

    I began because music was always something that was of great interest to me, I was captivated by how it had the power to change peoples emotions, and wanted to be a part of it, my uncle played saxophone for 12 years but he died from a gun shot. I play his alto saxophone and its still in good shape. I do what I do because i love it.

    Saxophonist Trevon James

    Located in Michigan City, USA

    • Tenor and Baritone Saxophone
    • 5 years of playing

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    [What’s this?]

    What are you doing with music now?

    I am studying jazz at the Michigan City High School Jazz and am also playing in the Michigan City Jazz ensemble. I run the schools jazz band and smooth jazz department, and am doing gigs throughout Michigan City. I try to get out more with my sax to show that I am one the worlds greatest Jazz musicians.

    Who are some of your influences?

    Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Hank Mobley, Cannonball Adderley, Oli Silk, Kenny G, Boney James, Wynton Marsalis, and George Gershwin.

    Who have you studied with?

    Mr.Quincy Ford, Nate Cook, Dereck Meilander, George Olson, Steve Chambers, Justin Morris, and Anthony Banks.

    What would you like to do with music in the future?

    I Trevon D. James is gonna follow my heart and play in many places throughout america. i plan on going on to college and get my doctors degree. As an musician I plan on helping other Jazz teens become even better than i am. I will be playing my saxes until i cant paly anymore. Musicians must be knowledgeable about a broad range of musical styles. Having a broader range of interest, knowledge and training can help expand employment opportunities and musical abilities. Voice training and private instrumental lessons, especially when taken at a young age, also help develop technique and enhance one’s performance.

    Would you like to add anything else?

    I wish to continue to study music up to degree level and then would like to go on to performing professionally or teaching at higher education level. I also give private lessons at my high school for free. I would like to become an Jazz superstar to show kids hey playing sax is where its at. So I just love Playing Sax 24/7.


     

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    October 20, 2012 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 1856

  • Saxophonist Adam Gardner | Teen Jazz Artist

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    Mouthpiece : Kessler OL7Pro
    Reeds : Rico Jazz Selects 3 hard unfiled
    Horn : Yamaha Custom with black enamel (not the Custom Z, it’s the model before)

    Why did you begin studying music?

    I began because all my friends were doing instrument at my school, and my dad had his old tenor in the attic so I started playing it.

    Saxophonist Adam Gardner

    Located in Yorba Linda, CA, USA

    • Tenor saxophone
    • 7 years of playing
    • Doubles on soprano and alto sax

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    [What’s this?]

    What are you doing with music now?

    I am currently in my high schools Jazz 1 (the top group) as lead tenor. I’m also a part of a combo at the school. Off campus, I am a member of the Armand Blais Orchestra, and I have subbed in with the Moonlight Express. With the Armand Blais Orchestra I recorded a CD with, and Tom Kubis attended the recording because many of the songs were original charts for the band.

    Who are some of your influences?

    Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Benny Golson, Bob Sheppard, Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker, Chris Potter, Hank Mobley, Joshua Redman, Michael Brecker, Sonny Stitt, to name a few.

    Who have you studied with?

    I started off my private lessons with Melissa Palmer, wife to trumpet player Kai Palmer. I have since then studied with Kirsten Edkins, and plan to study with Rob Lockart when I go off to college.

    What would you like to do with music in the future?

    I plan on majoring in music in college at Cal State Northridge, and hopefully while I’m still young to make a career out of playing. Once I have a family however, I hope to become an educator so that I may provide a steady income for my family.


     

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    September 24, 2012 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 1285

  • Saxophonist Megan O’Donnell | Teen Jazz Artist

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    I play on a Yamaha tenor sax with Vandoren Java 2.5, a Selmer clarinet with Rico Reserve 3 reeds, and a Selmer bass clarinet with Rico Reserve 3 reeds for classical and Vandoren Java 2.5 tenor reeds for jazz.

    Doubles

    Clarinet (7 years), Bass Clarinet (6 years)

    Saxophonist Megan O’Donnell

    Located in Fairport, NY, USA

    • Tenor Saxophone
    • 1.5 years of playing

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    [What’s this?]

    Why did you begin studying music?

    All my life, my house has been filled with the music of John Coltrane, Benny Goodman, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, and other major jazz artists. When I was about 9 years old, I went to the Rochester International Jazz Festival because my parents wanted to see a concert by some jazz dude. That night, Sonny Rollins was performing in Kodak Hall at the Eastman School of Music (the major hall for the festival) and I watched how much fun he seemed to be having and loved the way he sounded on that “brassy thing with the keys” and have been saying ever since that I wanted to play like him one day. I was determined from then on that I was going to become a famous musician. I started Clarinet in 5th grade, and bass clarinet in 6th grade. My music teachers wouldn’t let me have a saxophone no matter how much I begged, then freshman year, one of the tenor saxophonists in our jazz band had to drop, and my teacher let me borrow a tenor to try expecting me to fail at it, and now it’s my favorite instrument to play. And that’s basically how I got started with jazz.

    What are you doing with music now?

    At the moment, I am pursuing an advanced diploma in jazz tenor sax at the Eastman School of Music. I am in a latin jazz ensemble run by percussionist Freddy Colon and a combo run by the pianist for the Mambo Kings, Richard Delaney. Also, I am in my school’s top jazz band on tenor sax and the top classical band on bass clarinet. I am also taking courses in transcription and jazz theory at Eastman as well as being part of the clarinet choir.

    Who are some of your influences?

    My influences are primarily Joshua Redman, the Mambo Kings, Dave Brubeck, Sonny Rollins, John Lennon, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Eric Dolphy. Also my band director who is an outstanding jazz musician, Bill Tiberio.

    Who have you studied with?

    I have studied with Nancy Boone (bass clarinet), Amy Oldfield (bass clarinet and clarinet)and Mark Kreshevick (tenor and alto sax).
    I currently study with Dean Keller (jazz bass clarinet and jazz tenor sax), Doug Stone (jazz tenor sax), and Alan Woy (clarinet and bass clarinet).

    What would you like to do with music in the future?

    In the future, I hope to double major in music performance on clarinet and jazz studies on tenor saxophone. Post-college, I would like a job with the New York Pops and to have a band that can play at some of the Jazz at Lincoln Center venues. Basically, I want to be a performer.

    Anything else you would like to add?

    I can’t imagine living without music. Music is my life, it’s the reason I want to get out of bed and go to school. Most kids leave a lesson without thinking of the assignment they were given. Me, I go home thinking “ok, so how can I expand on the concepts I just learned?”. I am that nerd that will do anything to get the chance to just play music. I don’t care what others think of me because of it. I am band geek and am not afraid to show it.


     

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    September 24, 2012 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 1081

  • Saxophonist John Graham Parker | Teen Jazz Artist

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    I have a Yahama Alto Sax and an International Woodwind Curved Soprano Sax.

    Why did you begin studying music?

    I always loved the saxophone’s sound. In fifth grade when I was offered to take either band or choir, my mom wanted me to take choir because my brother did it. I begged and pleaded her to let me learn saxophone and take band, so eventually, she gave in.

    Saxophonist John Graham Parker

    Located in Daphne, Alabama, USA

    • Alto and soprano saxophone
    • 5 years of playing
    • Doubles on flute

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    [What’s this?]

    What are you doing with music now?

    I am in my school’s marching, concert, secondary, and jazz band. I practice every day in class and at home.

    Who are some of your influences?

    My band director, Michelle Boyce, my section leader, Joseph Olmstead, and my best friend, Holly Woerner.

    Who have you studied with?

    I have taken band for five years now, and over these five years, I have had three directors. The first two were awful, and didn’t take the class seriously. Now, I have an amazing director, who has become an inspiration, and friend.

    What would you like to do with music in the future?

    I plan on following my director’s footsteps, and doing marching band in college and becoming a director myself.

    Would you like to add anything else?

    Music is my life!


     

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    September 7, 2012 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 1140

  • Saxophonist Shannon Kennedy | Teen Jazz Artist & Founder

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    Yamaha 875 black lacquer tenor and alto, Rheuben Allen curved soprano, Rheuben Allen baritone saxophone See the rest of my setup here.

    Why did you begin studying music?

    I began studying music because I was inspired by a performance by the music faculty at my elementary school. Each of the teachers from the district came and put on a performance playing several of the instruments that were available to us and I took the band signup sheet home that day and begged my parents!

    Saxophonist Shannon Kennedy

    Located in Southern California, USA

    • Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones
    • Doubles: flute, clarinet, oboe, keyboards, voice
    • 10 years of playing
    • Get in touch

    Website | Youtube | Facebook | Twitter


     

    What are you doing with music now?

    I am currently performing, touring and recording every chance I get!

    Who are some of your influences?

    Joshua Redman, Kenny Garrett, Kurt Elling, Mindi Abair, Candy Dulfer, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Michael Brecker, Camille, Maceo Parker

    Who have you studied with?

    James Barrera, Leo Potts, Gascia Ouzounian, Martin Dowling, Tim Price, and Suzel Reily

    What would you like to do with music in the future?

    Anything and everything! As long as I’m doing music, I’m happy. I really enjoy recording and spending time in the studio, but I also love being on the road so anything that allows me to either or both of those things would be ideal.

    Would you like to add anything else?

    I run TeenJazz.com and TeenJazzRadio.com, I have several albums released – you can check them out on iTunes, CDBaby. Any and all proceeds go to continuing Teen Jazz!



     

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    September 5, 2012 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 1179