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  • 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.

    Saxophonist & Flutist Shannon Watson

    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: 1664

  • Common Mistakes Made By Young Saxophonists

    Hi everyone, this is Rheuben. I’m going to talk to you about some of the common mistakes made by young saxophonists. And the first thing that happens with most young saxophonists and the most important part of this is that they do not put the mouthpiece far enough on the neck.

    On every mouthpiece, saxophone, reed, or player combination, there’s a thing we call the “sweet spot.” That means the placement of the mouthpiece where everything responds the best, intonation is the best and everything works. That “sweet spot” can be a fraction of an inch out or a fraction of an inch in.

    Now often times you’ll see people who play real tight [their embouchure] and they’ll have their mouthpiece out at the end of the neck. If you’re only on this far [shows], that’s all that you’re covering with the mouthpiece, the instrument will not respond very well. [The mouthpiece should] be on at least 3/4 of the cork, in that general area and then move it in and out that [fraction of an inch] to find the “sweet spot.” [The “sweet spot” changes slightly for each mouthpiece and/or player.]

    One of the other things that we tend to do as young musicians, or as all musicians actually, on the alto saxophone, for example, we tune to the middle F#. That note on the alto sax is an average of 30 cents sharp. So, when you tune to that, that means that you’re going to pull the mouthpiece out too far and then you’re going to have a flat low register. So what you want to do on the alto, the strongest tone, and I learned it from my friend Dan Higgins is the middle B. Right in the middle of the staff. Tune that B and then go up to the F# and you’ll hear the interval better. Then you won’t have the tendency to be sharp.

    If you just pull the F# straight out of the air, it’s going to be sharp. So on any instrument, you want to find the best note to tune and you want to make sure the mouthpiece is on the instrument far enough to respond. And I will be covering things in other videos shortly. Thanks so much.

    July 20, 2015 • Music and Career Advice • Views: 936

  • Groove LTD Gearing Up for the Release of their First Album

    This post is a brief interruption from our regular programming because U-Nam and I have exciting news! We’re thrilled to announce that our latest collaboration, Groove LTD, is ready for it’s album debut!

    But we need your help!

    We are currently running a crowd funding campaign for the project through Indiegogo and by pre-ordering the album, or by purchasing any of the awesome incentives we have, you’ll help us cover the costs of mastering, manufacturing and marketing.

    We are really proud of this project and cannot wait to share it with you.

    There is just over a month left of the campaign and you can help us reach our goal!

    Learn more and watch the video here.

    The project features an awesome, “first class” group of special guests including Maysa, Jonathan Fritzen, Michael White, Andy Narell, Paulinho daCosta, Myron Davis, Dwayne “Smitty” Smith and many more.

    You can hear a few of the songs from the project in the background of our video on the Indiegogo page and you can also check out the music video from our first single “It’s Only Love.”

    Thank you so much in advance for all of your support.

    And whether or not you choose to contribute to our project, we’d really appreciate you sharing it with your friends, coworkers, family, everyone! Please help us get the word out.

    Thanks again!

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    July 1, 2015 • Teen Jazz • Views: 1015

  • The Development of the Saxophone

    A History of the Saxophone, its Performers, Styles and Pedagogy Prior to World War II

    Almost every musical style where the saxophone is heard today initially resisted and rejected inclusion of the saxophone because of its abrasive and “primitive” sound. As both its players and the instrument itself have been refined and players have improved, the distaste musical society once held for this instrument has significantly diminished. Over the last century, the saxophone has overcome its initial rejection to become one of the most popular instruments in Western music. There is one particular genre of music that eventually accepted the saxophone as one of its predominant instruments and is, in fact, the style most frequently associated with the saxophone – jazz.

    The Origins of the Saxophone

    Adolphe Sax, a Belgian musician and instrument maker, was the inventor of the saxophone. Sax initially received music instruction from his father, Charles Sax, the Instrument Maker to the Court of the Netherlands. He later received formal training at the Brussels Conservatory where he studied voice and flute and later, clarinet.

    Adolphe Sax was acknowledged as a skilled instrument maker and was known to frequently experiment with currently produced designs. These experiments lead to the development of the valved brass saxhorn family, the vastly improved clarinet, and eventually, the saxophone.

    The saxophone was debuted at the Brussels Exhibition in 1841 where the instrument was “sent flying with a kick by an unknown person at a time when the inventor, Adolphe Sax, was away.” Shortly after, Sax was visited by Lieutenant General Comte de Rumigny, who encouraged Sax to move to Paris and aid the revitalizing of French military bands. Once arriving in France, he was highly praised in an article by Hector Berlioz in 1842, which included an early description of the saxophone.


    In France, Adolphe established the Adolphe Sax Musical Instrument Factory at No. 10 Rue St. Georges. His craft and growing business challenged existing instrument makers who were also attempting to design new instruments for the French military bands resulting in a series of threats, thefts, and legal battles that would continue throughout the rest of Sax’s life.

    On 22 April 1845, Sax competed against another instrument maker as part of the invitation to submit improved instruments for the French military’s use. The opposing band, directed by Michele Carafa performed on existing instruments, while Sax’s group directed by M. Fessy demonstrated Sax’s reforms including the saxhorn and the saxophone. Sax’s ensemble was declared the winner of the competition, instating a ‘near monopoly mandating the use of his instruments’ in military bands.

    The results of the competition outraged his competitors who responded through the establishment of L’Association Generale des Ouvriers en Instruments de Musique (The United Association of Instrument Makers) to “protect their rights” as instrument makers. However, evaluation of the acts of the organization reveals that it was merely a disguise for a combined effort to attack Sax and his inventions. One of its first moves as an organization was to challenge Sax’s patent of the saxophone claiming that it already existed in other forms, that it did not in fact, actually exist, and that if it did exist, it was not a musical invention. To support their side, several saxophones were purchased and the engraving removed and then re-engraved to indicate another manufacturer. These forgeries were not well executed and quickly proved false. In response to this lawsuit, Sax withdrew his patent and gave other manufacturers a year to create a rival instrument, but the plaintiffs were incapable of doing so. Sax was granted a patent on the saxophone family on 22 June 1846. Several similar lawsuits ensued, and in combination with an unfortunate incident with a loan from an anonymous benefactor, eventually lead to his bankruptcy and financial ruin.

    On 7 June 1857, Sax was asked to establish a saxophone class at the Paris Conservatoire and remained in that position until 1870. Interestingly, the position was not reinstated until 1942.

    There are various theories regarding the invention of the saxophone. Frederick Hemke alludes to an Argentine instrument made of a cow’s horn with a tip shaped similar to that of a single reed instrument. Another presumable ancestor of the saxophone is the alto fagotto invented by London’s George Wood in 1830. The instrument is similarly shaped to the bassoon, but performed with a single-reed.

    There are four different schools of thought regarding how Sax invented the saxophone. The first is that Sax was attempting to design a clarinet that played octaves rather than twelfths. The second is that he substituted the cup mouthpiece of an ophicleide with the single reed mouthpiece of the clarinet. The third theory is that he used the single reed mouthpiece on a bassoon, while the fourth is that the saxophone was invented through experimentation and was unintentional or “by accident.” Sax’s son, however, claims that his father’s work was intentional.

    The theory regarding improvements made to the ophicleide appear the most probable. The first saxophone was constructed of a metal body similar to that of the bass ophicleide with extended keywork and a modified bass clarinet mouthpiece. Sax, in fact, first described the instrument as a ‘new ophicleide’ or ‘ophicleide à bec’, and this particular bass saxophone was the one introduced at the Brussels Exposition in 1841. The term “saxophone” was first introduced by Berlioz in 1842 upon Sax’s arrival in Paris.

    The saxophone was originally conceived in two sets of keys, F and C for orchestral use and Eb and Bb for military band use. Both groups were invented simultaneously as a family of fourteen saxophones. The patent date for this “new system of wind instruments, called the saxophone”, as stated in Sax’s application, is 1846. The alto saxophone became a popular choice because its small size allowed for virtuosity. The saxophone was designed to play three octaves, however most musicians were not able to perform in the upper range. George Kastner, with the assistance of Sax, created the first saxophone method book. It is believed to contain the truest picture of how Sax conceived the saxophone, including the original three octave range use of the saxophone intended by Sax and its use as a melodic, solo instrument.

    The Beginnings of the Saxophones Use in Ensembles


    When Parisian musicians first heard the saxophone, they exclaimed its beauty, “You cannot imagine the beauty of sound and the quality of the notes”. The first performer on the saxophone was probably Adolphe Sax himself. He performed on the instrument in Brussels in 1841, Paris in 1842, and on various public occasions. In 1853, he also founded his own five-piece saxophone “brass band.”

    Outside of Adolphe Sax’s performances, saxophone was first used for teaching purposes at the Gymnase Musical Militaire in Paris from 1846 to 1848. In 1854, he reintroduced the instrument to French military bands and taught military bandsmen at the Paris Conservatoire from 1857 to 1870.

    Sax asked many European clarinetists to play his instrument, including Louis-Adolphe Mayeur and Henri Wuille, who performed on the instrument as soloists. Henri Wuille (1822-71) was one of the first soloists to perform on the saxophone in both England and the United States while Edouard Lefebre (1834-1911) was known as the most “outstanding” soloist in America from the 1870s to the 1890s with both the Patrick Gilmore Band and the John Philip Sousa Band.

    During the mid to late 1800s, the tradition of military and amateur wind bands was flourishing throughout Europe and North America. After the Civil War, brass bands captivated America, and every town boasted at least one. In Europe, the saxophone was employed in military bands from the time of their invention. This excluded Germany and Austria, which did not include saxophone until 1935. From 1845-8, French military bands had two saxophones, and then in 1854 the number rose to eight, and finally settled at four in 1894. By the 1890s, saxophone quartets had also become a staple in regimental bands in Europe.

    After hearing the French Garde Republicaine Band’s six-piece saxophone section at the International Peace Jubilee in Boston, P.S. Gilmore became the first to welcome the saxophone into his brass band. Among the saxophonists to join Gilmore’s band, was French saxophonist Eduoard A. Lefebre. Saxophonist Eduoard A. Lefebre was first featured as a soloist in Gilmore’s band on 18 November 1873 and was the leading member of its three-piece saxophone section by 1878. In 1892, Gilmore’s band had grown to include eight saxophones including soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and contrabass. The standard saxophone instrumentation in American military bands was only alto and baritone sax, and the inclusion of tenor, bass, or contrabass was rare until the early 1900s. After Gilmore’s death, Lefebre joined Sousa’s band.

    Saxophone Becomes a Popular Instrument

    There were several things going on in the early 1900s that led to the sudden popularity of the saxophone. In the United States, touring military, municipal, and circus bands and music hall performances, such as Vaudeville, led to the increasing exposure of the instrument to the American public. Until 1916, Lefebre’s solo playing was the only exposure to the solo and virtuosic qualities of the saxophone, but it never gained significant popularity. Around 1916, C-melody saxophone player Rudy Wiedoeft began recording and promoting the saxophone as a “high-class” instrument, changing the public’s perception of the saxophone. This began a saxophone craze in the 1920s that launched the saxophone into dance and jazz bands.

    Saxophone Becomes a Jazz Instrument

    After the turn of the century, brass bands were the main musical training for African American musicians. During the band era, some black bands differed from the white bands by their “syncopated” style known as ragtime. This style initially included very little improvising, but as it developed into jazz, improvising became a dominant part of the style. An important bandleader of this style was James Reece Europe. He directed the Dixieland Brass Band and was the first to incorporate saxophones into dance bands because he saw them as a more effective counterpart to brass. The addition of saxophones into his band was influenced by his performance with the French Garde Republicaine, while he was stationed in France during the First World War. However, this did not become a staple in groups until arrangers began to write for saxophone sections.

    Jazz developed out of the popular ragtime style. The definition of ragtime is rather vague because at the height of its popularity, ragtime was actually used to define any style of syncopated popular music. The style now known as New Orleans Jazz was originally known as New Orleans style ragtime. It featured the syncopated rhythms of ragtime, but featured a modified brass band as the instrumentation. These instruments included clarinet, cornet, trombone, tuba, and a drum line, which was assembled into a drum set. It was during this era, that the first well-known saxophonist emerged – Sidney Bechet.

    The switch from clarinet to saxophone, in the jazz dance orchestra, was a slow process. Although a few New Orleans Jazz players switched to saxophone, such as Sidney Bechet, saxophone did not truly become associated with jazz until the Kansas City Jazz era. By the 1920s, once jazz had moved out of New Orleans and into Chicago and other parts of the United States, bands began experimenting with saxophone in their ensembles. There is very little photographic evidence of the inclusion of saxophone in bands prior to 1915 and very few written sources suggesting its use until after World War I.

    Larger bands began to appear during the 1920s due to the availability of larger performance space for dancing. During this era, Eb, Bb, and C saxophones were included in the jazz and dance bands (C-melody saxophones lost popularity in the 1930s). Well-known jazz groups’ clarinetists began to double on the saxophone when greater volume or a sweeter sound was needed. Some of these groups included the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Fletcher Henderson, and even King Oliver who used a C-melody saxophonist.

    In the 1920s, saxophone was only beginning to root itself in the jazz idiom, and was still primarily a double for clarinet players. It is in the late 1920s and 1930s during the swing or big band era that the saxophone emerges as a solo and leading instrument in bands and true pioneers of the instrument appear.

    The dance bands were divided into three sections; reeds, brass, and the rhythm section. Most bands had a saxophone section including three or four saxophones, and the first full (modern) five saxophone section (two altos, two tenors, and one baritone) appeared in the Benny Carter band in 1933. By the 1940s, as the swing era evolved and big bands flourished, most bands hosted the full AATTB section. The 1950s and the advent of rock and roll and the electric guitar essentially signaled the end to the popularity of the dance bands and the saxophone.

    Exceptions to the saxophone’s decline in popularity during the rock era include “Honkers” Big Jay McNeely and Louis Jordan. These players implemented a “screeching and honking” style that was popular during the early rock period.

    Pioneers of the Saxophone

    There are many notable players that pioneered the use of the saxophone in the jazz genre. The first musician to become well known as a saxophonist was clarinetist, Sidney Bechet. Bechet first started at the age of six on the clarinet and soon became well known in New Orleans as the best clarinet player. By the age of 15, he was performing with Willie “Bunk” Johnson’s Eagle Brass Band. Bechet was first exposed to the saxophone while he was in Chicago, but did not began playing on the instrument until he purchased one while he was in London in the 1920s. He remained a saxophone player for the rest of his performing life, preferring it to clarinet because of its loud volume.

    Another notable player from the big band era is tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. Hawkins began on C-melody saxophone and in 1921, switched to tenor saxophone. He claimed that his unique sound was because he tried to sound like he was trying to play C-melody saxophone on tenor saxophone. Coleman Hawkins is regarded as the first major jazz improvisor on the saxophone. He denied this and attributes improvisation to saxophonists Prince Robinson, Happy Caldwell, and Stump Evans. He is, however, most certainly the first to develop a style of playing unique to the saxophone. Prior to Coleman Hawkins, saxophone players adapted the clarinet style of playing to saxophone, but Hawkins created a sound distinctive to saxophone.

    Other important early saxophone performers include alto player Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Ben Webster, Bud Freeman, Jimmy Dorsey, and Benny Carter. C-melody saxophonist Frank Trumbauer was an important pioneer on the instrument, and most alto and tenor saxophonists modeled their playing after him. Harry Carney, the baritone saxophonist in Duke Ellington’s band was also an important pioneer. He proved the baritone saxophone to be an important solo instrument.

    The Legacy of the Saxophone

    Since its creation, the saxophone has faced a great deal of rejection and hesitation. Despite its rocky beginnings, it has become one of the most frequently appearing instruments in a variety of genres and ensembles. It can be seen performing as a solo instrument in classical, jazz, and popular styles or in a section in wind ensembles, orchestras, marching bands, all styles of jazz, and as part of the so-called horn section in pop and rock. The saxophone’s current popularity is largely attributed to the jazz genre and its performers. During the swing era, as the saxophone rose in popularity and refined instruments and performers emerged, the saxophone became accepted as an expressive and dynamic instrument ensuring its place in music ensembles of all genres.


     

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    June 29, 2015 • Teen Jazz • Views: 2366

  • A Review of Jessy J’s My One and Only One

    On May 26, saxophonist Jessy J is releasing her first solo album, My One and Only One. Following on the heels of the success of her previous albums, Tequila Moon, True Love, Hot Sauce, and Second Chances, her new project may just be her best album yet.

    My One and Only One features the talents of Paul Brown, Gregg Karukas, Roberto Vally, Sergio Gonzalez, Richie Gajate, Michael Ripoll, Zoux, Oskar Cartaya, Ruslan Sirota, Alex Al, Taku, Michael Angel, Frank Abraham, Iajhi Hampden, Bryant Siono, Norman Jackson, Jay Gore, Lee Thornberg, Dave Hooper, Ronnie Gutierrez, Janis Leibhart and Dave Darlington.

    With a collection of energetic Latin-influenced arrangements like “The Tango Boy” and sultry, ballads such as “Lovesong,” My One and Only One has a little something for every one and every mood.

    Jessy is launching her album tour with album release parties at both the Orange County and Beverly Hills Spaghettini’s locations. She then continues on across the US and into the Caribbean Islands and then London.

    In 2008, Jessy made her debut in contemporary jazz with Tequila Moon. She held the #1 spot on the smooth jazz charts for eight weeks and was rewarded with the Radio & Records “Debut Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” awards. She has had the opportunity to work with groups and artists such as Michael Bublé, Jessica Simpson, Michael Bolton, The Temptations, Aerosmith and more.

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    Title: My One and Only One
    Artist: Jessy J
    Year: May 26, 2015
    Genre: Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Latin
    Label: Shanachie Entertainment

    Tracks:

    1. Una Mas
    2. My One and Only One
    3. Lovesong
    4. The Tango Boy
    5. Paraíso Mágico
    6. Back To The Basics
    7. You’re Making Me High
    8. Siempre
    9. Cuba
    10. Strawberry Letter 23

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    May 28, 2015 • Reviews • Views: 1088

  • 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.

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    Located in the Castle Rock

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    • 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: 1018

  • 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.

    Saxophonist Dezhawn Dumornay

    Located in the Annandale, VA

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    • 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: 1052

  • Check Out: Jazz Lessons with Tim Price

    If you are a saxophonist or a jazz musician looking to expand or improve your playing, I cannot express the importance of jazz lessons enough. Even though there are an infinite number of materials available – including pre-recorded digital lessons – and they can do a lot to help you improve if you’re trying to work on your own, private lessons can make an immense difference in your playing.

    Having a great teacher can go a long way – but that doesn’t mean that you can get away with not putting in the work. If you want to see a huge (and fast) improvement, working on the material between you lessons is essential. Still, having a teacher that knows what they’re doing and how to explain things in a way you understand is irreplaceable.

    That’s why I’d like to introduce you to Mr. Tim Price.

    Tim has worked with Teen Jazz in the past, offering a discount on his services during a few of our past 12 Deals of Christmas programs, and the feedback we’ve received from Teen Jazz readers on the lessons they received from him have been nothing but positive. I, myself, have studied with Tim and I have not walked away from a single conversation with him without something new to work on.

    If you’d like a peek at what Tim Price has to offer as an educator, check out his resources page on Sax on the Web. He’s taken the time to publish quite a bit of free material that you can check out to get a feel for his teaching style.

    Schedule a lesson with Tim Price or find out more about his teaching here.

    About Tim Price

    Tim Price holds a degree from Berklee School of Music. He is a Selmer jazz educator and clinician and he has studied with Charlie Mariano, Andy McGhee, Joe Viola, and Nick Ciazza. He teaches jazz saxophone at the New School University in New York City and has several published books including Great Tenor Sax Solos, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley Collection, and Hot Rock Sax – Techniques, Licks And Effects.

    Learn more about Tim’s teaching.

    *Please note that this is not a sponsored post. This is my own personal opinion. I’ve had several discussions from Tim and have studied under him. He did not ask me to write this post, I have written it of my own volition.

    March 4, 2015 • Lessons • Views: 1384

  • A Review of ShaShaty’s Brighter Day

    On March 3, 2015, saxophonist ShaShaty will be celebrating the release of his sixth album, Brighter Day on the newly formed A.H.I. Records. The album features the talents of Steve Oliver, Will Donato, Spyro Gyra, and Taiwanese vocalist Usay Chu.

    With eleven tracks ranging from the romantic ballads “My Heart Yours” and “I’m Always Near” to the Indian motif in “Mumbai” and the funky “Let’s Go!”, Brighter Day is ShaShaty’s first original release in several years.

    Stand Out Tracks

    “Brighter Day,” the title track from the album features an uplifting and spirited arrangement with ShaShaty on alto sax. The saxophonist didn’t stick to just one voice on the album, opting to record alto, soprano, and tenor and showcase his diversity as an instrumentalist.

    “Dream Ride,” the single from the album, hit radio stations this past month. It opens with a catchy bass riff, guitar swells, and a horn section with ShaShaty easing listeners in with a few fills before settling into the verse.

    About ShaShaty

    Originally from Miami, Florida, ShaShaty now resides in Los Angeles. His past performances include dates with Carlos Santana, The Mavericks, The Bee Gees, Gloria Estefan, Michael McDonald, Peter Cetera, George Benson, Dave Koz, and more. He has performed on the national television program “Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda” as well as on PBS alongside Al Jarreau.

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    Title: Brighter Day
    Artist: ShaShaty
    Date: March 03, 2015
    Genre: Smooth Jazz
    Label: A.H.I. Records

    Tracks:

    01 Dream Ride
    02 Let’s Go
    03 Song of Hope
    04 Late on 91
    05 My Heart Yours
    06 Mumbai
    07 A Million Miles
    08 August
    09 I’m Always Near
    10 Brighter Days
    11 Float Away

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    March 2, 2015 • Reviews • Views: 886

  • 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.

    Saxophonist Adrian Crutchfield

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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: 1197