Review of NAMM 2013 Part I

I have opted to split my report on NAMM 2013 into two separate articles. In the first, I’ll review some of what stood out the first two days and in the second I’ll discuss the final two days of the show. They changed things around a bit at NAMM this year, hoping to improve the …

Review of Darryl Williams at Spaghettini’s Dec 2012

This last Sunday was one of several opportunities that I have had to see bass player Darryl Williams perform with his band and he never fails to impress audiences with his energetic music and talented group. The line up this past weekend included U-Nam on guitar, Tony Moore on drums, Jason Weber on sax, Greg …

Review of the Ottolink Mouthpiece by Kenn Hadnot

After playing Alto Sax for 8 years, switching to Tenor Sax was a very rough experience. Tenor Sax was bigger, heavier, and sounded much different than the alto saxophone. However, I did love the lower extended range of the tenor saxophone. I ended up picking up an Ottolink New York from a local music store. …

Lane Stowe “Have Groove Will Travel” Review

This article is a guest post by Joel Perkosky. Many jazzers complain today that they cannot bring jazz into the modern music scene. While this might be true, there are numerous artists making jazz into a more ‘desirable’ art form for the new generation. One of these artists, in my humble opinion, is a man …

Review of the Buffet B12 Clarinet

When I began to double on clarinet, I needed an affordable and playable horn. By chance, I stumbled upon a used Buffet B12 clarinet, and I am so glad that I was able to start out on such a great instrument. I had a few issues with pitch on the instrument. For me, the standard …

Review of IAJE in 2006

International Association of Jazz Education Convention IAJE 2006 in New York, NY For the second year in a row I had the opportunity to attend the International Association of Jazz Education in New York, New York. Last year, the IAJE 2005 conference was in my home state, California, just a short drive away in Long …

Review of a Kurt Elling performance in 2006

Kurt Elling at Catalina’s New Year’s Week 06 Once again, the incredible jazz vocalist Kurt Elling was out at Catalina‚Äôs Bar and Grill, performing with his quartet. So, once more, I made the trip out to enjoy a night of fantastic music. Performing two shows every night from Tuesday to Saturday, I had plenty of …

Review of the Yellowjackets Concert in 06-03-2005

The Yellowjackets were out at Catalina’s in Hollywood, California, and being a fan of the group, I just had to go. I called in to make a reservation, jumped in the car and headed out to Hollywood to attend the 10:30 set and because I was early, I got to hear the last two songs …

Review of NAMM in 2006

This year I had the pleasure of working at the NAMM show. As an exhibitor for HollywoodWinds Saxophones, I had most of Saturday and a few other times that I was able to sneak away during the four days. Working the show was interesting, I got a little taste of everything having worked at the …

Review of the P Mauriat Saxophones

P. Mauriat was at IAJE last year (2005), but this was the first year I actually checked out their saxophones. I played every tenor and alto saxophone available at the booth. Three of the tenors impressed me, the burnished bronze tenor sax, rolled tone hole tenor sax and the new prototype tenor sax, but I …