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  • Trumpeter Yale Friend | Teen Jazz Artist

    When did you first begin seriously studying your instrument?

    Music has always been in my blood. My grandfather was a jazz saxophonist and my older cousin is a professional guitarist who studied music at NYU. I wanted to play music since I can remember. I started guitar lessons in 3rd grade, then trumpet lessons in 4th grade. In high school, I began seriously pursuing jazz trumpet.

    Trumpeter Yale Friend

    Located in Chevy Chase, MD

    • Trumpet
    • Years Playing: 10 years

     


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    Setup & Music Gear

    I play on a Cannonball 789-RL trumpet with a tuning slide custom built by Steve Loeb at L&L Music-Wind Shop. I use a Monette Resonance B2S3 mouthpiece.

    What are you doing with music right now?

    I currently play in four ensembles at Brown University. Most of my time is spent playing 2nd trumpet (the “jazz chair”) in the Big Band. We had a busy year, playing with Descemer Bueno, Ramon Diaz, and Pedrito Martinez in the fall, then with Jimmy Heath, and later Thomas Bergeron (the trumpet player) in the spring. In between we did a tour around Berlin.

    I also play in a jazz combo, the klezmer band, and a salsa band. In addition to regular performances, my combo hosts biweekly jazz jams.

    During the summer I teach jazz, trumpet, and ukulele at Buck’s Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp. When I am home, I play bass and trumpet at my synagogue for select Shabbat services.

    Who are some of your influences?

    Without a doubt, Wynton Marsalis is my biggest musical influence. I pay careful attention to everything he does; the way he plays, the way he sounds, the way he interacts with his fellow musicians, the way he carries himself, and his passion for education. My other influences include Louis Armstrong, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, James Morrison, and Wynton Kelly among many others.

    Who do you/have you studied with?

    My first trumpet teacher was Sasha Soper. He taught the 4th grade band class and is actually a very talented jazz drummer with whom I’ve since performed. Following were Bill Turner, Kevin Collar, Lyle Link, Brad Clements. I currently study with Matt McGarrell, who directs the Big Band and teaches classes in jazz history and composition, and privately study jazz theory and performance with Ed Tomassi of Berklee.

    What are some of your goals musically for the future?

    I haven’t quite figured that out yet. In addition to music, I also study electrical engineering at Brown. My general plan is to play for as long as I can on top of another job, and to open the door if opportunity knocks.

    Any additional information you would like to add?

    Some other highlights of my musical experience are playing at Blues Alley in Washington D.C. four times, playing with Mike Stern, and more recently, rehearsing and performing with Roomful of Blues.


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    June 17, 2016 • Interviews, Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 789

  • Saxophonist & Flutist Shannon Watson | Teen Jazz Artist

    When did you first begin seriously studying your instrument?

    Back in 5th grade when everyone was signing up for either orchestra, band or general music, I knew I just wanted to do something because general music was just awful! So deciding to do flute was because my mother’s favorite movie had this solo piece she just loved, and she always wanted me to play it for her.

    Setup & Music Gear

    I use a Jupiter 507 Flute and a Yamaha Bari Saxophone from my school with Vandoren size 3 reeds usually.

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    Located in Gilbert, Arizona

    • Bari Saxophonist & Flute Player
    • Years Playing: 6 years

     

     


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    What are you doing with music right now?

    Currently working with my schools concert, marching, and jazz band on both flute and saxophone while taking weekly lessons. I would love to expand on my jazz work outside of school however.

    Who are some of your influences?

    James Moody is someone I get a lot of ideas from, being he plays both saxophone and flute. He got the idea in my head that I can solo on flute. Ben Wendel’s music (Kneebody) also gave me alot of inspiration on ideas when first starting out, and I think my soloing reflects both of those ideas.

    Who do you/have you studied with?

    I do my flute studies with my private instructor Stephanie Hoeckley, and for saxophone I have worked with Bradyn Owens and Dan Puccio.

    What are some of your goals musically for the future?

    I plan on studying music in college and seeing what happens from there.

     


     

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    August 24, 2015 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 1341

  • Most Popular Music Advice Articles | 6 Month Update

    Today I’d like to share the most popular music advice articles and music business tips on Teen Jazz the past six months.

    We work hard to bring you the most relevant music advice and reviews and here are the ten articles that you liked best so far.

    1. 10 Popular Music Business Books // We try to read and review some of the most popular music business books to help you decide which you’d like to add to your reading list.
    2. 33 Content Marketing Ideas for Musicians // Content marketing is a really great way to work on your artist branding and to keep the content on your music website fresh.
    3. 10 Simple Tips to Get Motivated for Musicians // Looking for some motivation? Here is a roundup of tips to help you get started.
    4. College Audition Preparation for Saxophonists // Preparing for your college music auditions can be stressful, so we asked one of the saxophone instructors at Cal State Long Beach to help ease the process for you by writing a detailed post on the process.
    5. Three Little Words – “What’s Your Fee?” // Teen Jazz Artist Adam Larson wrote this incredible post for us on what to charge for a gig. What’s your fee?
    6. Learn Jazz Lingo and Slang // Want to learn a fun bit of jazz history? Try picking up some of these words and phrases!
    7. A Beginner’s Guide to Playing “Outside” // Ready to take your improvisation to the next level by learning how to play outside the changes? Teen Jazz Artist Sean Winter wrote us this detailed post to help you learn how to play outside.
    8. Saxophone Playing Tips and Practice Suggestions // A broad collection of tips for saxophone players on everything from articulation to breathing.
    9. What Songs Should I Learn for Jam Sessions? // We worked with several contributors to create this pretty thorough list of songs to learn for jam sessions.
    10. A List of Summer Jazz Camps // Your favorite post was our list of summer jazz camps! Totally understandable since summer jazz camps are awesome. They’re a great learning experience for musicians of all ages!

    This check-in was a huge change from some of our previous roundups. In the past, our interviews with artists like Mindi Abair and Greg Adams were the most popular.

    Either way, thank you all for your support and for reading our posts!

    Best of luck in all of your musical endeavours!

    PS. If you’d like to see an article that you’ve written in this list at the end of this year, find out how to become a contributor here.

    June 8, 2015 • Music and Career Advice • Views: 751

  • Saxophonist Mark Antaky | Teen Jazz Artist

    When did you first begin seriously studying your instrument?

    My mom told me to pick an instrument in the 5th grade, now I never look back and I love it!

    What are you doing with music right now?

    Currently a Sophomore in high school, I am in my HS wind ensemble 2nd chair alto soon to be 1st. Winter Percussion conga, bass drum, cajon, gong, shaker player. Also I am apart of the Colorado Honor band, along with that I am lead Alto player in Jazz band.

    Saxophonist Mark Antaky

    Located in the Castle Rock

    • Saxophonist
    • Years Playing: 5 years

     

     


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    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments

    Jupiter JTS 787 Tenor Sax, Selmer La Voix Alto Sax, pearl soundcheck drum set, Venus Soprano sax,Arm strong flute, Cadet Clarinet

    Who are some of your influences?

    Lenny Picket ( Band leader from Saturday Night Live) he is a great sax/everything player! I want to be a his level one day

    Who do you/have you studied with?

    Jim Stranahan, Dustin Arndt, Jeramy Sandoval

    What are some of your goals musically for the future?

    Major in music, become a pro at every instrument I play

    Any additional information you would like to add?

    Marching band is the bomb.

     


     

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    May 13, 2015 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 835

  • Guitarist Adam Fallen | Teen Jazz Artist

    When did you first begin seriously studying your instrument?

    I was about 15 years old.

    Who are your greatest influences? Who did you study with?

    George Benson, Django Reinhardt, J-Dilla, Jimi Hendrix, Flying Lotus, Herbie Hancock… Some of my main mentors and teachers would be: Lee Barbour, Tyler Ross, Quentin Baxter, Stephane Wrembel, and Nat Townsley.

    Guitarist Adam Andrew Fallen

    Located in the Brooklyn, NY

    • Producer, Composer, Arranger, Guitar Player
    • Years Playing: 9 years
    • School/Major/Degree: College of Charleston
      And Queens College- bachelors in jazz performance

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    Who or what gave you the confidence to pursue music as a career?

    I started taking guitar a little more seriously when starting to study under the intensity of Lee Barbour that broke me down and built me back up. And then It really happened around the time where I had been hired full time to play for this artist, Quiana Parler. I quit my day job and started playing gigs full time in Charleston, SC with Quiana and another close friend, Elise Testone (top 6 on American Idol), and my own band Slanguage. I still was trying to figure out if the hints from mentors ,audience members, and my own intuition of taking music as a serious life time career could one day feed a family. One morning I awoke to a phone call from Quiana asking if I wanted to play for Clay Aiken’s 2011 tried and true tour. This was my first opportunity that showed me that music could really be a career that put food on the table while still being able to do what I love. I saw that it could be comfortable living as a musician especially after meeting some of the players on the tour that were heavy hitters, experienced with playing for multiple pop artists (Felix Pollard, Del Atkins)

    What are your thoughts on what it takes to be successful as a performer? Do you think any other skills are needed aside from the ability to play your instrument well?

    I think one of the most important things is integrity and never giving up. Of course it’s important to know your instrument and know all your fundamentals. Study rhythm, time, timing, music theory, the blues, and building a true relationship with your instrument…those are all very key. But it’s about having those to facilitate the uniqueness of yourself and your personality through your playing. We all have a fingerprint that is one of a kind. That should be a testament of how one of a kind you can be as a performer. A lot of what it takes to be successful as a performer is the small detail such as being timely showing up to gigs, learning and knowing the music before rehearsal, and a simple smile and ease to your demeanor. The more you can find a way to genuinely connect with your audience, people, and community of musicians in general will help you as a performer. Understand that music is greater than ourselves as humans and that it’s something that has been on this planet for thousands of years if not longer. Music is a vibrational frequency that connects us all.I  would say a large part of why I have gotten a lot of great gigs is because I make friends easily and show my face as much as I can on top of being a good listener and being prepared.

    What are some of the things you did before your career as a performer became as successful as it is today?

    I took a lot of advice from mentors and always surrounded myself with like-minded individuals that have good energy. I never closed myself off by genre and just said yes to as many gigs as possible. I always made time to go out and show my face and listen. The mutual respect that is created when you see another musician make an effort to come out to a show is priceless. On top of that, I always would go sit in at sessions whenever I could and even when feeling intimidated I would take a chance and go against my gut and just try It out. I went with a gut feeling to ask to sit in on a gig the first week I moved to Nyc. It was scary but that instance led to a gig where I met the guy who called me to play for Queen Latifah at the Super Bowl 2014. Of course I learned a lot from being in school at College of Charleston in the jazz department but what they did to prepare me most was be brutally honest and kick my butt on everything to the point that I stopped taking things personally. That really prepared me for the bigger scene in NYC. It’s important to be open to any type of opportunities that are presented. One of the best things that changed my playing was getting involved in gospel music and playing gospel church services while studying jazz.

    What are some of your goals musically for the future?

    I plan to release my first EP in the next couple months. I do a lot of production and in July 2014 I started a project to make 100 tracks in order to choose 9 for my full length album. I knew that the project would not only develop my production skills but also expand my catalogue for clients and open up my song writing abilities. I don’t want to throw the album together and want to do it right so I figured in the meantime I’ll release some music so that I can book more shows. I write and produce a lot with this great artist and musician named Elise Testone. Elise and I plan to tour Europe in the near future.  Elise and I have worked together for 7 years off and on so there is a special chemistry between us that hopefully you guys will be hip too soon enough at music festivals and around the world. I have my own original project called Myth of An Atom which is a jazz influenced funk hip hop r&b drum and bass vibe band. I plan to do some festival circuit touring with that group as well. Also a high priority is doing more stuff with an electro drum and bass with jazz influence band I play with called Rhythm and Stealth led by Australian Bass Player ,Lex Sadler.  Hoping to do a tour with Rhythm and Stealth soon. In the past I’ve done some film scoring and I want to do more of that as well as production for mainstream artists. Hopefully I’ll do some more playing for pop artists on tour and maybe even do some musical directing. I go with the flow a lot but still have goals of ushering more of my income with production so that my playing can be more focused on music I really love and want to be involved in. Since being in Nyc I haven’t got to play as much jazz as I want because it doesn’t necessarily always pay the rent. So hopefully some more challenging gigs that take me out of my element in the near future.

    What inspires you to continue to pursue music? Have you ever come close to giving up and if you did, how did you overcome it?

    One of the main things that inspires me is to see how music moves people and how much of a necessity it is for people. Music brings so much to the world. Music is one of the only things I’ve seen bring so many different types of cultures of people together. Especially playing in a gospel church you see how your playing can make people laugh, dance and cry. I’d be lost without music personally. One of things that inspires me other than my love and passion for music is certain mentors I’ve met that have showed me that it is possible to live any lifestyle you have ever dreamed of. There is money in the music business but it’s up to the individual to pimp the system and figure out how as an individual they can make it work. I’ve definitely come close to giving up. One of the first instances was when I started studying with one of my most influential mentors, Lee Barbour. He was so cold and didn’t smile and would just say “do it again” when I played something wrong. What I didn’t know is that he had his own zen way of planting a seed in my head that would grow regardless of my choices. He busted my a** on fundamentals, sight reading, and the true soul from Blues and r&b. He also showed me that jazz had no limitations and that it would truly help me learn my instrument. There was a point where I felt that I wasn’t able to do what he asked and I begged my dad to tell him I was sick so that I didn’t have to go…haha…He scared me a little bit, but I knew it was good for me deep down inside. It’s funny to think that now we can chill and hang like friends and that he taught me so much in really a short time. As time as progressed  I realize how much similarities we share not just in music. He is truly a great human being who is a master that helped me question everything I was doing in life and in music.

    What are some of the things you enjoy most about your career as a performer/recording artist?

    I love being able to make a living in NYC doing what I love and it’s just amazing becoming part of this community of fantastic musicians and people that inspire me everyday to be the best I can be. I also love to witness the healing of music and how it can make a persons day better instantly. People from all over the world can play music together without speaking the same language and the journey that comes with it is beautiful.

    Do you write music? Where do you get your inspiration?

    Yes I write music. I’ve been writing music just about as long as I have been playing guitar. In July 2014 I started a 100 song project to really dive into the writing, producing, and engineering process. Within this process I am going to choose 9 of the 100 tracks to be a full length album with a live band and some of my musical heroes I’ve met and become friends with along the journey of moving to NYC. I am now at 95/100. Many things in life inspire my creation process. I went to a performing arts middle and high school 6-12 where I majored in visual arts so I get a lot of inspiration from that and films. I’m also very inspired by mythology and narrating a story with music composition. Growing up in Vermont and South Carolina inspired my creativity with the incredible nature of the forrests and mountains. The south really put a lot of blues, hip hop, funk, and gospel influence in my life that comes out in my production and performance. A lot of my inspiration originally came from grunge, fusion jazz, blues classic rock, pop and classical. Although, I am all over the place with inspiration….I really love books, world cultures, stories of love, language, and abstract/ambient sounds to be an influence on my song writing and playing.

    What was your lamest gig and how did you learn from it? What was the best?

    The lamest gig was probably when I showed up unprepared for a gig and learned the importance of really knowing tunes inside and out….Not just your part but every part of the song to understand your role in the music. The biggest rush came from playing the Super Bowl opening ceremony with Queen Latifah but it’s hard to say really what my best gig was. I love each gig because I learn from it and try to be better each time.

    Hobbies other than Music:

    Visual arts, design, painting, swimming, exercise, nature, yoga

    What would your advice be for an up and coming, young musician?

    To be as positive as you possible. Practice as much as you can and stay focused on one thing at a time. It’s really important to learn the history and dig into the originators of a lot of the music that’s out today. I really love the music out today and of course you must keep no boundaries but a lot of young musicians don’t listen to or pay attention to the importance of knowing the musicians that built the foundation for today’s sound. I’d also say that a young musician in general should try to play classical, gospel and the blues as much as possible. It’s really key to learn and know tunes….as many as possible. One thing in particular that I can’t stress enough is to not focus so much on the harmony and chops of your instrument. Focus on what matters most, which is : TIME, RHYTHM, GROOVE, and TIMING! Also it’s really important to get hip to the business side of music as well as composing/producing with a DAW such as Ableton Live, Logic, Pro Tools, Reason, etc… The new age of music is something to take advantage of and learn from. I wouldn’t be the player I am today if I didn’t produce because I learn so much about sonic placement and the role of instruments and arrangement. On top of that… If you can publish your music and get placements; you will continually make money when your not even doing any new work. This leads me to the last but not least about composing and improvising as much as possible. Doing these two things will expand and help one explore themselves to the greatest potential.

    Are you up for sharing a few items that are in your music playlists at this moment and maybe a little bit about what you dig about them?

    Right now I’ve been listening to a lot of Chris Dave Drum Hedz. I love how experimental that group is and they all listen to each other so well. The groove they keep while entering different songs and metric modulations is incredible. Especially a big fan of Chris Dave and Isaiah Sharkey. The mix and sound that Isaiah has going on is so unique and new yet classic and shares similar sounds to George Benson and Joe Pass but with a funky gospel twist.
    I am also listening a lot to Kendrick Lamar’s newest album which I’m obsessed with. I’m already a huge hip hop fan and the album is reminiscent of classic funk and jazz sounds interwoven throughout the highly creative hip hop grooves. The album is so thematic and conceptual which I really want to do with my upcoming EP to be released. The level of musicianship, production, composing, and song writing on the record is insane and I love that they took time to make the record and didn’t rush through it.

    I am listening to the album “living the luxury brown” by Mint Condition. I was brought to it after finding out it was a record with Chris Dave on it that I hadn’t heard. I really dig this record because it’s a classic 90’s r&b soul vibe and sound but the groove and pocket is so thick on the album and it’s just feel good dance music with great musicians.

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    New releases and projects coming up:

    Myth of an Atom- trainseason July 4, 2015
    Elise Testone and Slanguage EP Summer 2015
    Rhythm and Stealth- monotronic fall 2015

     

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  • Guitarist Carlos Vargas | Teen Jazz Artist

    Why did you begin studying music?

    Music was in my family, Mom and Dad were musicians, so I was pushed into it by my parents. (This was in my homeland, Honduras) I didn’t know at the time, music was going to be one of the main forces in my life.

    What are you doing with music right now?

    I have been constantly working in the Tri-State area since I moved to Cincinnati, playing with my trio and working as a recording guitarist. My new years resolution in 2015 was not to take any gigs, instead lock myself in my house and practice, write and record my own music. So, that is what I am doing this year.

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    Located in the Cincinnati, OH

    • Guitarist
    • Years Playing: Over 10 years

    http://www.carlosvargasmusic.com


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    Guitars

    • Fender Telecaster 6oth Anniversary
    • ’99 Fender Strat Deluxe – Loaded with Texas Special
    • Fender Strat – Loaded with Dimarzio
    • Cruisers/Fast Track
    • ’98 Gibson ES – 135
    • Vintage Hohner Acoustic (Unknown series and model)
    • Yamaha CGX171CCA

    Pedals

    • Wampler – Tom Qualey Dual Fusion
    • TC Electronic Micro Tuner
    • Keeley 4 Knob Compressor
    • OCD Custom Made
    • Fulltone OCD
    • CMAT Mods Signa Drive
    • Xotic EP Booster
    • Mooer clean boost
    • MXR Zack Wilde Customized
    • Polyphonic Octave Generator – 2 (POG2)
    • Boss DD-3
    • Amptweaker Swirpool
    • ReedWitch Empress Chorus
    • Electro Harmonix Memory Man Deluxe
    • Empress Vintage Modified Super Delay
    • Strymon Timeline
    • Neunaber Stereo Wet Reverb
    • R3 FX Switcher
    • Voodoo Lab Pedal Power

    Amps

    • Roland JC-120
    • Peavey Classic 30 – Mod by Chrome
    • Dome Cincinnati
    • Kustom – The Contender
    • 1969 Fender Champ
    • Fender Blues Jr.
    • Bad Cat Amps
    • Mesa Boogie Express 550 Head
    • Mesa Boogie Lone Star 1×12 Cab
    • Mesa Boogie Lone Star 2×12 Cab

    Who are some of your influences?

    Lage Lund, Jim Hall, Gilad Hekselman, Pat Metheny, Mike Moreno, Brad Mehldau, Toninho Horta, Aca Seca Trio, Kurt Rosenwinkel.

    Who have you studied with?

    • Jim Smith
    • Kim Pensyl
    • Julio Zelaya
    • Phil Degreg
    • Bruno Mangueira
    • Tom Quayle

    What are some of your goals musically for the future?

    Keep playing, recording and traveling.

    Anything else you would like to add?

    Carlos Vargas-Ortiz is a Honduran musician, arranger and music educator. He grew up in the lower-class Tegucigalpa suburb of Flor del Campo.

    Carlos moved to Cincinnati in the spring of 2007 to pursue a music career. He was awarded a scholarship at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he earned two bachelor degrees in Jazz Guitar and Music Education.

    As an active guitarist and singer in the Cincinnati music scene, Carlos performs and record with Ben Alexander, Ric Hordinski, Flawless Band, Tajci, Marvin Hawkins, with his trio and many other artist in the Tri State area.


     

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  • Saxophonist Dezhawn Dumornay | Teen Jazz Artist

    Why did you begin studying music?

    I began playing the saxophone because music is fun. I grew a passion for music when i started listening to Jazz and the way soloist expressed themselves without using words.

    What are you doing with music right now?

    I currently arrange music for my Highschool pepe band and compose Jazz combo charts. I am working to improve my improvisational skills and preparing to apply to Berklee School of Music next year.

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    Located in the Annandale, VA

    • Saxophonist
    • Years Playing: 5 years

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    Who are some of your influences?

    My main influences for jazz are Wayne Shorter, Eric MarienthalStan Getz, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, and Dave Weckl.

    Who have you studied with?

    I met Paquito D’Rivera at a latin Jazz program over the summer at Berklee.

    What are some of your goals musically for the future?

    As of now I plan to study jazz and play around the world. I would like to spread music to younger generations so that jazz is not forgotten.


     

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    March 25, 2015 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 862

  • Guitarist Zakk Jones | Teen Jazz Artist

    Why did you begin studying music?

    I always gravitated towards music, picking out melodies on my grandparents piano. I knew from an early age that I wanted to pursue music professionally for the rest of my life.

    Who are some of your influences?

    I am open to all styles of music: Moacir Santos, Olivier Messiaen, Sammy Nestico, Rob McConnell, Ben Monder, Gilad Hekselman, Ed Bickert, John Coltrane, Bud Powell, Brad Mehldau, Alex Sipiagin, The Faceless, Necrophagist, John Mayer, D’Angelo, Robert Glasper, and many, many more.

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    Located in the Columbus, OH

    • Guitar
    • Years Playing: 10 years

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    Setup/Gear/Instruments:

    Guitarist Zakk Jones | Teen Jazz ArtistGuitars: Eastman T185MX
    Fender TelecasterYamaha G-245s II

    NylonAmps: Roland Cube 80

    JazzkatPedals: MXR Chorus, EQ and Delay
    Wampler Sovereign Distortion
    BOSS Compression, Loop, and Distortion
    Cry Baby Wah Wah
    EP Booster
    Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive
    Ernie Ball Volume Pedal

    JRStrings: Thomastik, Infeld, D’addario

    What are you doing with music right now?

    I lead a variety of groups, ranging from duo to octect formats. I frequently perform with my trio and my sextet “Screeching Owl”. I am in the middle of finishing an original album of 6 compositions, encompassing my career so far as a writer/arranger and performer. This will be released along side a professional video shoot of one of the tunes, and will aid me in booking a tour in August of 2015. I also frequently play solo guitar at farmer’s markets and art galleries.Aside from my own groups, I am involved in a professional wedding band call the “Blue Water Kings”, a pop/cover group “The Jordan Millisor Band” as well as various jazz groups in the central ohio area.I love composing and arranging, recently completing projects with big bands and larger ensembles.I also teach both privately and through a few different music studios in the Columbus, Ohio area.I’m always listening/seeing live music when I’m not performing or practicing myself!

    Who have you studied with?

    Stan Smith – Guitar/Composition
    Brett Burleson – Guitar
    Gilad Hekselman – Guitar
    Corey Christiansen – Guitar
    Rotem Sivan – Guitar
    Adam Rogers – Guitar
    Mark Flugge – Piano
    Dr. Lou Fischer – Arranging

    What are some of your goals musically for the future?

    I hope to continue gigging, both with my own groups as well as being an avid “sideman”. I have a vested interest in arranging, hoping to write for professional jazz big band/orchestras. I also enjoy teaching, and transcription/engraving services. Grad school will be in my future as well.

    Any addition information you would like to add?

    Zakk Jones is a Columbus based guitarist, composer/arranger and teacher, currently finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies at Capital University. Originally from Portland, Oregon, his musical studies started at the age of 6, when he began playing piano and composing original music. His involvement in the Fear No Music project led to a National Award in composition at the age of 11.Around the same time, Zakk picked up the guitar, first being influenced by rock and metal. He now regularly plays Jazz, Classical, Fusion, Pop and Brazilian styles among others. In his three years on the Columbus scene he has performed at Dick’s Den, Worthington Inn, Brother’s Drake Meadery, Rumba Cafe, Park St. Tavern, Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza, Columbus Performing Arts Center, Columbus Jazz & Ribs Festival, farmer’s markets, art galleries, weddings and corporate events. Opportunities have taken him all across the Midwest, with summer gigs in Port Clinton, OH and even further to Atlanta, Dallas, and San Diego for the Jazz Education Network Conference where he has been both a performer and stage manager.Zakk regularly performs with the Jordan Millisor Band, Chase Potter, Bluewater Kings Band, Wake Fold and many other groups/artists. As a bandleader, Zakk has groups ranging from duo to octet formats, currently focusing on his sextet, “Screeching Owl”. At Capital he has studied with Stan Smith and Brett Burleson, additionally having the opportunities to take lessons with Corey Christiansen, Adam Rogers, Gilad Hekselman and Rotem Sivan. Besides performing, Zakk Jones is an avid composer/arranger, private teacher, and provides transcription services.


     

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    March 18, 2015 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 973

  • Saxophonist Adrian Crutchfield

    Hey all, I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to a fellow up and coming saxophonist, Mr. Adrian Crutchfield. I had the pleasure of meeting Adrian at NAMM a couple years back. He was hanging out at the Antigua Saxophones booth and introduced himself when I stopped by. I later got to know him and his playing better at the BG France/Legere/Theo Wanne artist jam and he’s definitely an artist you should check out. His vibrant and outgoing personality is something that definitely carries over into his music and has certainly played a huge part in his success as an artist.

    We hope you enjoy reading through our interview with Adrian Crutchfield below.

    The Interview

    When did you first begin seriously studying your instrument?

    I started playing Sax in school in the 5th grade.

    Who are your greatest influences? Who did you study with?

    My greatest influences are anyone I spend time making music with. There are too many to name, and they’re ALL great! I learn from each and everyone of them.

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    • Saxophone, Flute, Ewi, Music Production
    • Years Playing: 15 years professionally
    • School/Major/Degree: Florida State University – Jazz Studies, Contemporary Media, and Commercial Music

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    Who or what gave you the confidence to pursue music as a career?

    Kenny G gave me a horn when I was 4 years old. After that, everyone said I’d be a performer of some sort. I didn’t take it seriously until middle school, when i realized 2 things -I could make money doing something i love AND girls love musicians!

    What are your thoughts on what it takes to be successful as a performer? Do you think any other skills are needed aside from the ability to play your instrument well?

    To be a successful performer it takes way more than raw talent or ability. A successful performer is well rounded. They are confident but NOT arrogant! Successful performers play to their audience and not just to themselves. Also, a successful performer knows how to play their role and compliment the other members of an ensemble. I could go on for hours about what makes a successful performer.

    What are some of the things you did before your career as a performer became as successful as it is today?

    I played at EVERY jam session I could get into. I made as many musical friends as I could. I just wanted to be playing, no matter the style of music or the crowd. At one point I was a member of EVERY major band in my city.

    What are some of your goals musically for the future?

    My goals are simple… 1. to be remembered, to make an impact…. 2. to provide a comfortable living for my family… and 3. to show the generations that watch me that you can be successful at ANYTHING if you approach it with respect.

    What inspires you to continue to pursue music? Have you ever come close to giving up and if you did, how did you overcome it?

    What inspires me to pursue music is passion plain and simple. Music is a part of me and the satisfaction i get from performing and creating with other people can’t be compared to anything else… If i couldn’t do this, I would die. Art is Passion!

    What are some of the things you enjoy most about your career as a performer/recording artist?

    What I enjoy most about my career is the traveling and meeting new people.

    Do you write music? Where do you get your inspiration?

    I write music, my inspiration comes from life, stress, love, friends, family, anything!

    What was your lamest gig and how did you learn from it? What was the best?

    We all have gigs that we would rather not do. But I don’t know that I would call it lame. Any opportunity to play music is GREAT! I’ve had my share of not so awesome gigs, but I can’t think of one in particular at the moment.

    Hobbies other than Music:

    I have a slight addiction to video games and cartoons. What can I say, I refuse to grow up.

    What would your advice be for an up and coming, young musician?

    Stay hungry and humble! Always be thankful for opportunities but never get comfortable! Always be on the lookout for the next accomplishment!

    Endorsements:

    Antigua Saxophones
    Theo Wanne Mouthpieces
    Legere Reeds
    Gator Cases
    Akai EWI

    Where can we find more information?

    www.ILOVEGOODSAX.com

    New releases and projects coming up:

    Currently I’m working on my 2nd full length Album… stay tuned to my website for more! Note from Shannon: You can check out his debut album Private Party on Amazon.


     

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    February 16, 2015 • Interviews • Views: 1012

  • Saxophonist Greg Chambers Interview

    Name: G​reg Chambers
    Location: S​an Francisco, CA
    Profession: S​axophonist and Music Teacher
    Years Playing: 2​0
    School/Major/Degree: U​CLA, Master of Music in Saxophone

    When did you first begin seriously studying your instrument?

    I began really listening to jazz, practicing regularly, and taking lessons when I was 14 years old. In middle school, I rotated between first and second chair in the band depending on the results of each seating test, but I didn’t practice regularly or often (I still don’t even know how I ended up sitting in those chairs!). It wasn’t really until high school and getting the rejection letter from the honor band I tried out for during my freshman year that I really decided to dedicate myself and put an honest effort into practicing and studying.

    Who are your greatest influences? Who did you study with?

    I like to say I “studied” with Charlie Parker, Grover Washington, Gerald Albright and Warren Hill. I used to put on CDs of theirs and play alongside them for hours during my teenage years. I’d learn tunes out of the Omnibook and work them up to full speed with the recordings and, for the other saxophonists, would find transcriptions (or try to create them myself) for the tunes I wanted to learn. I grew up in Gilroy, which is a really small town in northern CA. I would drive to Santa Cruz to take actual lessons with Bill Trimble, who was one of the most respected classical saxophonists in the Bay Area and certainly the reason I developed a love for classical saxophone. I did take a couple jazz lessons with a local pro names Les Pierce as well (who was the saxophonist for just about every rock, blues, country, oldies, or Top 40 band in the South Bay), although it wasn’t until college and the experience of being in Los Angeles that I really had the chance to explore the jazz scene and also take some lessons with one of my idols­ Eric Marienthal.

    Who or what gave you the confidence to pursue music as a career?

    I believe that my parents, as well as my college saxophone teacher (Doug Masek), were certainly the most supportive and important people in terms of this decision. My parents were both part-­time musicians and understood the struggles of being a performer­ the hours and lifestyle, amount of dedication and personal entrepreneurial skills needed, etc. They had always encouraged me to make a living by combining performing and teaching (which they had done for many years out of college and most of the professional musicians they associated with had also done). I do believe it was my college teacher and the environment at UCLA that encouraged me to take lots of risks in my classical career­ I was lucky enough to audition and win orchestral stints with the Aspen Music Festival, New World Symphony in Miami, and Spoleto Festival in South Carolina. I definitely believe that the confidence I gained participating in these ensembles enabled me to apply that same risky spirit to my jazz career.

    What are your thoughts on what it takes to be successful as a performer?​D​o you think any other skills are needed aside from the ability to play ​y​our instrument well?

    Absolutely! There are a thousands of great saxophonists out there­ I do freelance in the Bay Area and work with some amazing players all the time. Also, being that you and I just returned from NAMM, we’re very aware of how many incredible and proficient sax players attend the convention to try out instruments and be heard­ many of whom don’t have household names. I believe that a lot of things contribute to becoming a successful performer­ branding, image, marketing/promotion, the ability to connect with an audience, and the ability to have your own “voice” (on your instrument, in your songwriting, and as a person).

    What are some of the things you did before your career as a performer ​b​ecame as successful as it is today?

    I’ve done everything from being a busboy at a Sushi restaurant to working at a theme park to working for a Police Station in their records department. In college, I worked for UCLA Live ushering and assistant house managing at the concert hall­ the great thing was I was actually getting paid to see all the shows! I lived in London for half a year as well and worked on a student visa. I ended up working for a catering company at the Natural History Museum and played saxophone at a nightclub with a DJ on weekends (usually from midnight until ­3am). After grad school, I took a job working for Mission Bell Manufacturing, which built specialty cabinets and did custom projects for companies all over the Bay Area­ had it not been for the economic crash in 2008 which prompted layoffs, I might not have been forced back into music full­-time.

    What are some of your goals musically for the future?

    I am very pleased and grateful for how everything is unfolding with this latest album. As far as the immediate future, I certainly want to tour, entertain and connect with new audiences, and promote this music as much as possible over the next year or two! At some point, I do look forward to getting to work on another album and certainly want to collaborate with some new friends/artists as well as continue working with many of the people I have thus far. I do love the creative process of writing, recording, building and layering parts, and exchanging ideas with other creative instrumentalists.

    What inspires you to continue to pursue music? Have you ever come close​ t​o ​g​iving up and if you did, how did you overcome it?

    Absolutely­ there are so many times where you feel like you just keep hitting the same roadblocks or just feel like can’t get ahead or that things are stagnant! For me, playing shows and hearing from fans about how much they love my music or how they discovered my music on Pandora or Music Choice or radio always reminds me of the fact that my reason for making music isn’t about personal success­ it’s about creating music that others enjoy and about putting the creative ideas I have to disc. I’ve taken time off from writing/recording every now and again, and always find that I’m drawn to starting another project at some point. It must be encoded in my DNA or something!

    What are some of the things you enjoy most about your career as a ​performer/recording artist?

    As a performer, I enjoy seeing people get up to dance, or smile and do the side­-to-­side neck bob, or put their head down and clap along, or just close their eyes and listen. For me, it’s about connecting with people and bringing them into the experience. I absolutely love chatting with people after the show. As a recording artist, I most enjoy the creative process of building drum patterns with sampled sounds and scratch tracks for other parts, writing and recording sax lines, and working with other instrumentalists­ it’s always exciting to see what other people come up with. Sometimes it’s exactly what you were thinking and other times it’s something better than you could have ever thought of!

    Do you write music? Where do you get your inspiration?

    I do­ it always varies. Sometimes I just get an idea for a tune in my head. On the title track of this CD, “Can’t Help Myself”, the keyboard figure and melody lines for basically the whole song came to me on a drive home from a day of teaching sax lessons. I got home and, within 30 or 45 min, had most of the tune committed to recording. Other times, I’ll build a tune up from a drum pattern I create. On “Come A Little Closer”, I started with the kick, snare, and thought up a sandpaper part (in place of a shaker or cabasa), and then sketched out some Fender Rhodes parts before passing it off to Matt Godina to get some input. On “Wait Awhile”, the bass line (played on an EWI) came first and was the grounding for everything else in the song. I listen to everything from smooth jazz to classical music (my wife is an orchestral clarinetist) to R&B so it seems like ideas come from anywhere and everywhere.
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    What was your lamest gig and how did you learn from it? What was the ​b​est?

    I’ve played on some pretty bad gigs in my time­ from sketchy bars to nightclubs to jazz quartet gigs where you are more or less expected to be “musical wallpaper” (although I still do weddings and corporate events from time to time, since the pay is usually hard to pass up). I will say that I’ve learned that my true passion isn’t playing background music for events or restaurants. I have definitely also learned not to play in places where the environment or ambiance isn’t appropriate for jazz. I don’t know if I could pinpoint a single best gig. I feel immense satisfaction every time I get the chance to perform my own music and feel the same excitement, enthusiasm, and connection with the audience at every show.

    Where can we find more information?

    My website is gregchambersmusic.com and I try to keep it as updated as possible­ for all the info on new releases and concert schedule, I’d suggest joining the mailing list on the homepage (I try to send 4­5 emails per year to keep people in the know). I am on Facebook as well with both a personal and an artist page.

    New releases and projects coming up

    Nothing yet since “Can’t Help Myself” just came out. I do have some ideas on paper (and some scratch recordings in Logic) already for the next project, but it’ll definitely be a while.

     

    February 9, 2015 • Interviews • Views: 1656