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  • Saxophonist Miranda Henry | Teen Jazz Artist

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    I use a Selmer Reference 54 Alto Sax with a Vandoren Optimum AL3 and a Vandoren MO Ligature. My Tenor Saxophone is a Selmer MarkVII with a Vandoren Optimum TL4 and Optimum Ligature. I have a Selmer Conservatory Oboe and use Stuart Dunkel reeds.

    Why did you begin studying music?

    I began studying music when I was 2. I was adopted from China and my mom is a music teacher. I would not talk and was very withdrawn, so my mom began working with me on the violin and then added piano to try to get me to express myself and talk.

    Saxophonist Miranda Henry

    Located in Belleville, Illinois, USA

    • Alto, Tenor, & Soprano Saxophones
    • I have been playing Saxophone for seven years. I have been playing oboe for 4 years.
    • Doubles on Oboe

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    What are you doing with music right now?

    Right now as a High School Junior, I have begun focusing on just two instruments. I had been playing fourteen! I have been playing with my school Wind Ensemble, Marching band, and Jazz Band. The most exciting thing I have done this summer is attend the Saxophone program with Dr Murphy and Prof Walsh at Indiana University School of Music. In August, I will be attending the Grammy Foundation New York Grammy camp; which should be very exciting!

    Who are some of your influences?

    My biggest influence of course is my mom, but I am also influenced by teachers like Mrs Schroeder. Both of them work hard and give 100% no matter what they are doing. Though, the biggest lesson is how they give back to people in need.

    Who do you/have you studied with?

    I started studying with my mom, who was a music teacher. Then I studied violin and viola with Vickie Lottes from SIUE. I started private saxophone lessons with Dr. Nathan Mandel two years ago and it really has motivated me to focus on this instrument.

    What do you plan on doing with music in the future?

    In the near future, I would like to attend Indiana University or Eastman School of Music. After that, I plan to work as a studio musician.

    Any additional information you would like to add?

    My audition video was chosen by D’Addario Woodwinds for March student of the month finalist. I entered the contest as a fundraiser for the band. I went on to win the monthly competition of online voting and now I am in the Grand Finals and hope to win the online voting because if I win my high school band program will win.

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    June 25, 2014 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 2156

  • Interview with Saxophonist Ryan Saranich | Teen Jazz Influence

    Saxophonist Ryan Saranich is our third Teen Jazz Artist to graduate to Teen Jazz Influence alongside Adam Larson and Andrew Boostrom.

    Since we first featured Ryan on Teen Jazz back in 2007, he has gone on to lead a successful career as a recording artist, touring musician and arranger.

    In our latest Teen Jazz Radio Podcast episode, we caught up with Ryan to see what he’s been doing and learn what his advice is for fellow up and coming musicians. Just click play on the video above to find out more about how he became a touring musician, how he got into arranging and his advice to those looking to tour, record or arrange.

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    June 13, 2014 • Interviews • Views: 1834

  • Saxophonist Jenny Frøysa | Teen Jazz Artist

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    I play an alto Selmer Mark VI from 1972. I also play a little tenor and want to try out soprano and baritone.

    Why did you begin studying music?

    I started in the local marching band, but the leader was a jazz musician and turned it into a jazz and improvisation school for children and teenagers.

    Saxophonist Jenny Frøysa

    Located in Kråkstad, Norway

    • Saxophone
    • 8 years of playing
    • Doubles on Piano, accordion

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    What are you doing with music right now?

    I’m going to Ski Upper Secondary School (high school), the music program. I get a lot of classical training here, but it helps on my technique. I play in a jazz quartet called Høylytt (“Loud” in Norwegian) and still attends the jazz and improvisation school. I take lessons with Norwegian jazz musicians, and I’m going to jazz summer camp at Berklee College of Music this summer.

    Who are some of your influences?

    The Norwegian saxophonists Tore Brunborg and Jan Garbarek, Lee Konitz, Dexter Gordon, Vince Guaraldi, Chet Baker

    Who do you/have you studied with?

    Odd André Elveland, Tore Brunborg, Hanna Paulsberg, Frøy Aagre

    What do you plan on doing with music in the future?

    I hope I can work with music for a living, play concerts, record albums, maybe teach… 🙂

    Any additional information you would like to add?

    At this point, I am working on finding my own sound, my own music and putting my life into my music, and compose. I think it’s difficult, but I don’t give up 🙂


     

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    June 9, 2014 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 2184

  • Drummer Tony Cooper | Teen Jazz Artist

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    Ludwig, Sabian, Gibraltar, Gretsch, Fender, Rickenbacker, Takamine

    Why did you begin studying music?

    I started studying drums at age 9 just for the sake of having another hobby but music took over my life. Now, 9 years and 4 instruments later, I study music to help me develop as an artist and songwriter.

    Drummer Tony Cooper

    Located in Newfoundland, Canada

    • Drums
    • 9 years of playing

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    What are you doing with music right now?

    I am currently playing and recording songs with a band, as well as teaching drums, guitar, and writing at a music school in my hometown.

    Who are some of your influences?

    The Beatles (band and solo), Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Mumford and Sons, Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen, etc.

    Who do you/have you studied with?

    I am currently studying with my long-term mentor and friend and various other teachers at Frequency Music Studios in my hometown.

    What do you plan on doing with music in the future?

    I aspire to be a recording and performing artist with my band and to find success and peace of mind in the music industry.


     

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    May 24, 2014 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 1712

  • Saxophonist Benjamin Runes | Teen Jazz Artist

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    I’m playing a Cannonball Big Bell Stone Brute tenor with an Otto Link Super Tone Master 7 mouthpiece. I’m using Vandoren green Java reeds.

    Why did you begin studying music?

    When I was in the fourth grade, I heard the Eagles song “Long Run” and the sax solo in it caught me off guard and made me say “wow, i wanna learn to do that!”. That’s what got me on the sax. I didn’t really start studying music until I was freshman and started working on improvisation, and that led to me taking a music theory class at my high school.

    Saxophonist Benjamin Runes

    Located in Maryland, USA

    • Saxophone
    • Playing for 6 years

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    What are you doing with music right now?

    In school I’m in the the symphonic band (sit down group) and the Jazz Ensemble which can be seen on YouTube if one searched “Bel Air High School Jazz Band”. In the Jazz ensemble, we’re doing affairs for Harford County Public Schools as well as the town of Bel Air, Md. Above that we’re doing our third annual swing dance come May. That’s gonna be three hours of live jazz, a rare occurrence in a public high school in my area.

    I was the first freshman allowed in the Bel Air High School Jazz Ensemble in the six years of it’s existance. The Bel Air group was the first one in my county to be an accredited academic course during the school day.

    Who are some of your influences?

    I try to listen to everything I can from Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, to the Amy Blues, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. In terms of solo artists, Dave Koz, Eric Darius, Gerald Albright, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Peter Christieb, Don Menza, Kenny G, Eric Marienthal, and Earl Bostic.

    Who do you/have you studied with?

    As I am a high school student, I’ve never actually had a chance to study beneath anyone besides my high school band director Anthony Domenico.

    What do you plan on doing with music in the future?

    I’m actually planning on business majoring. To me, music is fun but it’s a very iffy way to make money especially in jazz. To me, the money in the music business is in pop and I don’t really wanna sell out.

    Anything else you would like to add?

    The YouTube channel with videos of my high school jazz ensemble is “Bel Air”. There are videos from our swing dance, winter and spring concerts, as well as our performance at Downtown Disney.

    I didn’t start playing tenor by choice. My dad bought me a Buffet Crampon 400 series tenor for Christmas and I kind of had to make the switch from alto to tenor. I played that horn from sixth grade up through my freshman year. Then, this past September, my dad bought me my first pro tenor, a Cannonball Big Bell Stone Brute. That horn has changed my playing astronomically.

    In music, I’ve learned to take every opportunity. I learned that from my band director,Anthony Domenico, he made the mistake of turning down the offer to be in Maynard’s band. Every time I get the offer to sit in I take it. Every time I can go to a master class I go.

    Music is supposed to be fun. I play my best when I’m having fun. I play my worst when I’m not. In a band, when everyone is having fun and feeding off one another, the band is gonna pump out something great.


     

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    April 30, 2014 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 1637

  • Harmonica Player Reyhan Naufal | Teen Jazz Artist

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    Hohner

    Why did you begin studying music?

    Because its my soul.

    What are you doing with music right now?

    I am working as a freelance musician.

    Who are some of your influences?

    Howard Levy, Wynton Marsalis, Didier Lockwood, Pat Metheny, Indra Lesmana, Benny Likumahua etc.

    Harmonica Player Reyhan Naufal

    Located in Jakarta, Indonesia

    • 10 hole – Diatonic Harmonica
    • Playing for 5 years

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    Who do you/have you studied with?

    I’ve studied with Benny Likumahua.

    What do you plan on doing with music in the future?

    I plan on working as a professional musician, collaboration with the international musician

    Anything else you would like to add?

    Born in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1997, Reyharp or Reyhan Naufal is one of the young shooting stars emerging on the contemporary harmonica scene. Reyharp plays blues and jazz on the diatonic harp with a maturity and assurance which belies his years and astonished listeners at the prestigious Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival 2012, where he won the diatonic contest in the face of stiff competition. Reyharp is a promising man in harmonica world.

    He first started playing harmonica when he chanced upon a HOHNER Blues Harp, lying in his uncle’s cupboard. The unique form of the little instrument exerted a powerful fascination on the young Reyharp and he felt instantly drawn to it. He soon started learning to play the blues with his uncle as well as developing his musical talents by studying jazz on his own.

    Reyharp proved to be a quick learner and he now plays the diatonic harmonica chromatically through the use of controlled bending and overbending. Despite his youth, he has already gathered considerable musical experience and has performed numerous live gigs as well as appearing on concert stages and winning several awards, local and international.

    Reyharp was very like to all kinds of music. He played all kinds of jazz styles,such as swing,be bop,latin,and contemporary styles. He also endorsed by the largest harmonica company in the world,Hohner Harmonica, which he became the youngest endorse.

    AWARDS:

    2010: English First Indonesia Got Talent, Jakarta, Indonesia
    2011: 1st place Annual Performance Art Contest, Junmior high School, Jakarta
    2012: 1st place Asia Pacific Harmonica Championship, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


     

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    April 10, 2014 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 2113

  • Trumpet Player Adam Hébert | Teen Jazz Artist

    Adam Hébert is a young jazz trumpet player from Montreal. Born and raised in a family of musicians he was introduced to music at a very young age. From that point on, music has always been his biggest passion. His love for jazz is ever increasing as well as his skill set and the complexity behind jazz has always permitted him to express himself in the most natural way. His biggest inspirations include many greats such as Chet Baker, Clifford Brown and Miles Davis. His sound concept and style are greatly influenced by those of Chet Baker. He prefers performing cool and modal jazz due to their freedom of interpretation.

    Trumpet Player Adam Hébert

    Located in Montreal, Canada

    • Trumpet
    • Playing for 3+ years

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    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    I play on a 1953 medium bore Martin Committee and a drilled out Bach 5MV. For my flugelhorn I use a Conn Vintage One with a drilled Laskey 60F mouthpiece. Finally when I use a cornet I pay on my 80’s Getzen Deluxe with a Yamaha 13e4 mouthpiece.

    Why did you begin studying music?

    I started doing music at a very young age mostly because both of my parents are musicians. I started with violin and later switched to french horn. After a while I got bored with the classical frame so I switched to trumpet and a year later I dived in the wonderful world of Jazz!

    What are you doing with music right now?

    I am pushing myself the most I can, learning the fastest possible, gigging as much as I can and practicing the most I can to be always at the best of my capacities. I am presently studying at Vanier College in Montreal in Jazz interpretation.

    Who are some of your influences?

    My biggest influence will always be Chet Baker. Also there is Clifford Brown and Miles Davis.

    Who do you/have you studied with?

    I am presently studying with Jocelyn Couture at Vanier College and with Jan Jarczyk.

    What do you plan on doing with music in the future?

    I plan on continuig music and pushing my art to the highest level possible. Ideally I would like to have a career as a jazz soloist. Also, I would love to travel and have some kind of international career. I always aim to be at the top and maybe someday my dreams will come true!


     

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    March 12, 2014 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 1738

  • Drummer Kayleigh Moyer | Teen Jazz Artist

    Where did you go to school?

    I am a junior at Belmont University majoring in Commercial Music Percussion with an emphasis in Performance.

    How long have you been playing?

    I have been playing for 10 years. I got my first drum set for Christmas when I was ten years old and this past Christmas was my ten-year anniversary.

    Drummer Kayleigh Moyer

    Located in Nashville, TN, USA

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    • Endorsements: Humes & Berg Mfg Co Inc // Drumtacs

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    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    I have a maple 6-piece Drum Workshop Collector’s Series drum kit in a silver sparkle finish with 9000 series hardware. I also have a Tama Starclassic drum kit in a Diamond Dust finish. I use DW 9000 series pedals or my Mapex Falcon pedal depending on the situation. I have a mixture of brands for cymbals that includes Sabian, Zildjian, Diril, Dream, and Wuhan. My snare drum collection consists of mostly Drum Workshop and Slingerland drums.

    I sing and often get work singing background vocals while playing drum set.

    Kayleigh Moyer | Teen Jazz ArtistWhy did you begin studying music?

    My mom is a big fan of Rush so I grew up listening to Neil Peart’s drumming. One day during the summer before 5th grade I went with my dad to a party at his friend’s house. Since it was mostly adults at the party, I was really bored and started playing around on a drum set I found in the barn. Things started clicking and I realized that drumming felt very natural to me. I joined the 5th grade band that fall and I got my first drum set that Christmas.

    What are you doing with music right now?

    I am studying music in college as well as playing as much as possible. I play with several groups and artists in and around Nashville, record as much as I can, and make lots of YouTube videos in a duet I’m in called the Khromatiks.

    Who are some of your influences?

    Neil Peart, Chester Thompson, Phil Collins, Art Blakey, Buddy Rich, Zoro, Eddie Bayers, Larrie Londin, and John Blackwell are some of my biggest influences. I admire their playing, musicianship, and musical choices.

    Who do you/have you studied with?

    I have studied with Chester Thompson, Zoro, Eric Schmitz, John Bletch, and Todd London.

    What do you plan on doing with music in the future?

    I want to play with many different artists and do a combination of live performances/touring and session work. I would also like to see myself fit in some songwriting and producing. I want to fill my future with as many things that keep me drumming and involved with music as I can.

    What are your thoughts on what it takes to become a successful performer?

    I think that it takes a combination of preparedness, professionalism, and passion to be successful as a performer. If you get a list of tunes to learn in advance for a gig, make sure you prepare by learning the tunes and charting them out if necessary. If you aren’t given a set-list, try to be as fluent in the style of music you will be playing as you can and listen to music of that genre to prepare. Finally, having a passion for what you do and the music you play is essential for being a successful performer. It will come through in your stage presence and in your playing, as well as draw people into the songs you play and emotions you are trying to convey through your music.

    Good listening skills and reading skills are just as important as your ability to play your instrument well. By listening to the other players you are working with, you can have a whole musical conversation during the songs and greatly improve your comping and accompanying with artists. Listening can also help you to decide when to add fills and stand out as well as when to lie back and blend. Being able to read music and different kinds of charts will make you more marketable and help you get gigs, especially if you want to do studio work.

    What is your advice to an up and coming musician?

    Put yourself in as many uncomfortable music situations as possible. By this I mean sit in with musicians you’ve never played with before or try learning about a new genre of music you’ve never played before. Forcing yourself into these situations can only help you grow as a musician by improving your listening skills, stage presence, reading skills, and confidence.

    New releases and projects coming up:

    I’m recording drum tracks for Wes Harllee, an artist I work with in Nashville, for his album that is set to be done later this year. I also recorded drums on tracks for Luke Caccetta, another artist in Nashville, that is set to be released in April. I recorded drum set and percussion tracks for Nathanael Meda, a Christian artist, on his new album Solo Contigo that was just released onto Itunes.


     

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    February 15, 2014 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 2101

  • Sax Player Reggie Padilla Interview

    Saxophonist Reggie Padilla | Teen Jazz

    Where did you go to school?

    I did my undergraduate degree at Long Island University at C.W. Post, majoring in classical piano and minoring in accounting. During this time, I was studying saxophone as well. I did my Masters Degree at New York University, in Music Education.

    Sax Player Reggie Padilla

    Located in Hawaii, USA

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    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    I play all saxophones, piano, and some flute, clarinet, drums, guitar, and ukulele, and kazoo and slide whistle. But I only perform professionally on saxophones and piano.

    My main axe is tenor saxophone. My set up is a P. Mauriat 66-RUL, Theo-Wanne Ambika 7*, and either Rico Jazz Select 3s or Lupifaro Jazz Cut 2.5
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    Why did you begin studying music?

    I started playing piano at age 7 and saxophone at 9. That makes a grand total of 27 years of playing music.

    I began studying music initially with my parents encouragement. I eventually studied in college because I loved the feeling of performing and interacting with the audience;seeing people in the crowd dance, react, and enjoy what musicians offer. I fell in love with this feeling, and basically sought more performance opportunities and ways to improve my craft.

    What are you doing with music right now?

    Right now, I am currently a free lance musician and music educator in Honolulu. I teach private lessons and also teach the big band at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I also teach an after school jazz improv/combo class at Iolani High School. I’ve recently recorded my second album, and its due for release this spring 2014 (you can read our review of his first album, Almost Home, here). I will be performing at the Manila Jazz Festival this March, 2014.

    Who are some of your influences?

    My influences are many. Of course the entire jazz saxophone lineage, but I am partial to Bird, Stitt, Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley, Trane, Charlie Rouse, Stanley Turrentine, Lester Young,etc… Currently, I really enjoy Joel Frahm’s playing and Chad Lefkowitz Brown.

    Who do you/have you studied with?

    I’ve studied with Professor Stephanie Watt on classical piano. For saxophone, I’ve studied with Professor Alex Stewart, Shuichi Komiyama, and Rob Scheps.

    What do you plan on doing with music in the future?

    For the future, I plan to continue to tour and travel the world via music, and continue meeting new friends. I hope to keep writing more and releasing more albums.

    What are your thoughts on what it takes to become a successful performer?

    For me, success in performance comes from readiness, practice, preparation etc. If you are able to be ready for the performance, it becomes easier to express yourself and convey emotions and reach the audience. Knowing your audience and the situation is also important too. I like to “play the room” as they say, which doesn’t necessarily mean selling out. Other skills required outside of musical ability include punctuality, good manners, social skills, organizational skills, promotional skills. These are also essential in being a great performer.

    What is your advice to an up and coming musician?

    Advice to up and coming musicians: make sure to have fun playing music. It takes a lot of hard work, time, dedication, blood sweat and tears, but in the end we are playing something. And for me its fun to play! If you are in school still, please take advantage of your time and practice, hone your craft, and perform as much as possible. As you get older, life happens, and you will get busier and busier…sometimes finding time to practice is tough:)


     

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    February 7, 2014 • Teen Jazz • Views: 1943

  • Saxophonist Carson Freeman | Teen Jazz Influence Interview

    Name: Carson Freeman

    Location: Mississauga Ontario Canada

    Profession: Professional Saxophonist

    Years Playing: 24 Years

    School/Major/Degree: Humber College Diploma in Music Performance

    The Interview

    When did you first begin seriously studying your instrument?

    After picking up the sax in the 9th grade, I started discovering it’s sounds by practicing it daily. From the beginning, I became a serious saxophone student. I took a year off before attending college where I had a consistent daily practice routine.

    Who are your greatest influences?

    My first teacher was a high school graduate that was in his first year of university studying music. His name is Jean-Yves Bégin. In college I studied with jazz saxophonist Pat Labarbera who had played with several famous jazz musicians including Buddy Rich, and Elvin Jones. Both of these teachers were hugely influential and helped me a lot. My biggest influences on the sax are Michael Brecker, John Coltrane, Jan Garbarek, and David Sanborn, but Michael Brecker changed my life. When I heard him play I wanted to pursue a career as a saxophonist.

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

    When we hear a great musician, we can have one of two thoughts; 1. That’s impossible, or 2. I can do that. I chose the latter and was inspired to play like the musicians that impressed me. Seeing and hearing pros gave me the confidence as a teenager to pursue music as a viable and enjoyable career option.

    Do you think any other skills are needed aside from the ability to play your instrument well?

    Applying the great qualities that we see in our favourite people to our own lives is invaluable. There are so many great saxophonists in the world, but the players working the most are not necessarily the best players. When I’m hiring a musician to play a gig with me, I’m looking for someone who is going to be a good “hang” on the bandstand, as well as someone who is a great player. Musicians love music therefore, it’s easy to work on. Being on time, rehearsed, tactful, ethical, resourceful and pleasant are qualities that will get you called back again and again, but may be harder to work on than learning a tune. Lastly, look good. Dress and groom yourself to look confident and professional. Always aim to play, look, and act like you’re a pro.

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

    After college the phone wasn’t ringing. Nobody knew who I was except for my college mates. I had a few non musical part time jobs. This was a bit discouraging, but I always viewed myself as a saxophonist. I used my spare time to work on applying the theories I learned in College to my sax playing, I worked on my flute & clarinet playing (in case I got asked to do a ‘doubling’ gig), and I practiced my sight reading. The first musical job I had was teaching sax, flute, and clarinet lessons. Around that same time, I started playing sax in a pop/rock cover band and started to create a reputation as a reliable saxophonist that doubled and could get along well on the bandstand. From there I gradually elevated to session work and corporate work in Toronto. From there, I was getting calls to play with bigger name acts that we’re coming to Toronto and needed a saxophonist.

    What are some of your goals musically for the future?

    My biggest goal is to find the time to record my own music. I’ve played and recorded with several artists but I haven’t put out much of my own music for the public to hear. Also, I’d like to expand the capacities of the saxophone’s tonal palette. I believe that the surface of capabilities on the saxophone has been merely scratched.

    Have you ever come close to giving up?

    Playing the sax is a lifelong developmental journey. There are always new sounds and techniques to explore as well as great artists to learn from. I’ve been discouraged at times, but I’ve never considered quitting and I’ve never thought that my goals were unachievable.

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

    I love meeting other artists and complimenting their art. People first and music second! 🙂 I’ve travelled around the world and have seen people change while they were moved by the music that the different bands I was with performed. I love meeting new musicians, experiencing new cultures and cuisines, and hearing all of the sounds I’ve practiced amplified to a crowd of music fans.

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

    I write often. My music is mainly inspired by catchy melodies I hear in my head, or solid grooves that move me. When my first dog died, I channelled those emotions into one of my first songs (Never Without You) that I play live. Inspiration is everywhere.

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

    My lamest gig was a performance of “straight ahead” jazz in a sports bar that wanted to hear blues and rock. We were getting heckled and decided during our set that we should cut our losses and pack it in. Before we could bow out with dignity, the bar owner fired us. I always get lots of info about a gig before agreeing to it after that experience.

    The best performance I had was playing in a horn section for David Sanborn. Playing sax with a saxophonist is rare, so when you can play with a hero, it’s pretty cool!

    Interview with Saxophonist Carson Freeman | Teen JazzAdvice for a Young Musician:

    Practice everyday for at least one hour. When you’re not practicing, listen to music, study music theories, read music publications, watch music videos, and hang out with other musicians. Understand what you are working on, why it’s important, and how it is developing your musical style. Never buy into the starving artist misconception. My wife and I are both musicians. We aren’t famous, but live successful, financially comfortable, happy lives doing what we love.

    Hobbies outside of music:

    I LOVE cooking. I appeared on a Canadian Reality TV cooking competition and won first place. I cook at a homeless shelter once a month, do live cooking demonstrations, and I teach cooking classes to kids on my time off.

    Endorsements:

    JodyJazz Mouthpieces and Légère Reeds

    New releases and projects:

    Wait for my debut CD!

    For More Information:

    www.carsonfreeman.com

    January 30, 2014 • Interviews • Views: 1618