When did you first begin seriously studying your instrument?

I was bored the summer after my fourth grade year. My father told me he had his old saxophone in the attic, so he got it out and told me to try and figure it out. I was very curious, and I was up for the challenge. I haven’t stopped since!
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Saxophonist Jordan Brown

Located in Fort Wayne, IN

  • Saxophone
  • Doubles on keyboards
  • Years Playing: 8 years

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Setup & Music Gear

Tenor Saxophone: Selmer Super Action 80, CE Winds Gold Genesis mouthpiece 6 facing, Vandoren Green Java 3 reeds

Alto Saxophone: Selmer La Voix II Black Nickel-plated, Beechler Diamond 6, Rico Select Jazz 3 soft reeds

What are you doing with music right now?

Currently, I am recording my second album. I am also preparing for a tour of Europe this summer with a jazz big band in which I am the first tenor. Furthermore, I am directing my high school’s pep band.

Who are some of your influences?

John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Paul Desmond, Stan Getz, Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans, Joe Henderson, Oscar Peterson, Robert Glasper, McCoy Tyner, and Cannonball Adderley

Who do you/have you studied with?

Dr. James Farrell Vernon, Dr. James Sawyer, Dr. Mark O’Connor, Anthony Stanco, Timothy Froncek, Christian Berg, Steven Wipple, Glenn Williams

What are some of your goals musically for the future?

I plan on finding a jazz combo to play with in college as well as playing in a jazz big band. I also plan to keep recording on saxophone and keyboard. I would ultimately love to be in a combo that played gigs in the Chicago area.

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Shannon Kennedy is a vocalist and saxophonist living in Southern California. She is author of "The Album Checklist" and the founder of Teen Jazz. She has been contributing articles to music magaizines and websites since 2004.