Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

Bb Tenor Saxophone
Selmer Bundy II Alto Saxophone
Vandoren Alto Saxophone Reeds 3

Why did you begin studying music?

I began because music was always something that was of great interest to me, I was captivated by how it had the power to change peoples emotions, and wanted to be a part of it, my uncle played saxophone for 12 years but he died from a gun shot. I play his alto saxophone and its still in good shape. I do what I do because i love it.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]

Saxophonist Trevon James

Located in Michigan City, USA

  • Tenor and Baritone Saxophone
  • 5 years of playing

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What are you doing with music now?

I am studying jazz at the Michigan City High School Jazz and am also playing in the Michigan City Jazz ensemble. I run the schools jazz band and smooth jazz department, and am doing gigs throughout Michigan City. I try to get out more with my sax to show that I am one the worlds greatest Jazz musicians.

Who are some of your influences?

Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Hank Mobley, Cannonball Adderley, Oli Silk, Kenny G, Boney James, Wynton Marsalis, and George Gershwin.

Who have you studied with?

Mr.Quincy Ford, Nate Cook, Dereck Meilander, George Olson, Steve Chambers, Justin Morris, and Anthony Banks.

What would you like to do with music in the future?

I Trevon D. James is gonna follow my heart and play in many places throughout america. i plan on going on to college and get my doctors degree. As an musician I plan on helping other Jazz teens become even better than i am. I will be playing my saxes until i cant paly anymore. Musicians must be knowledgeable about a broad range of musical styles. Having a broader range of interest, knowledge and training can help expand employment opportunities and musical abilities. Voice training and private instrumental lessons, especially when taken at a young age, also help develop technique and enhance one’s performance.

Would you like to add anything else?

I wish to continue to study music up to degree level and then would like to go on to performing professionally or teaching at higher education level. I also give private lessons at my high school for free. I would like to become an Jazz superstar to show kids hey playing sax is where its at. So I just love Playing Sax 24/7.


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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.