Friday night we had the CD release party for the new Crack the Sky CD called Ostrich. I mentioned before that my usual horn section, The Retox Horns, is also the Crack Pack Horns when we play with Crack the Sky. We were able to record three songs for this CD and two of them… Continue reading Crack the Sky CD Release Party
Just a quick post to wish anyone who is reading this a happy and healthy holiday season. It’s always a busy time but I did a really quick and dirty version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas playing along with the Aebersold track. It’s just a one-take wonder but you get the idea. I… Continue reading Merry Christmas!
Ben Britton is a wonderful saxophonist who I met online a year or so ago. I listened to some of his sound samples and reached out to him because I loved what I heard. He’s a jazz musician, an educator, a blogger, and now an author. With this book, Ben is bringing many years of personal experience… Continue reading Book Review – A Complete Approach to Sound for the Modern Saxophonist by Ben Britton
I recently had the chance to try one of these mouthpieces thanks to a pass-around that Pete put together through Sax on the Web Forum. I had practically forgotten that I was supposed to be in it until I started seeing posts from Pete on the forum and I thought I was going to see… Continue reading Pete Thomas PPT Metal Tenor Mouthpiece Review
In the tragic shooting in CT yesterday, one of the victims was the young daughter of saxophonist Jimmy Greene, Ana Grace. I have seen it suggested that it would be a great sign of support for him if musicians (or anyone really) would download the song he wrote for her on his album Mission Statement.… Continue reading Saxophonist Jimmy Greene
Every year for the last ten years I have been lucky enough to be a part of a big band Christmas concert to benefit Toys for Tots. The band is called the Ken Ebo Big Bop Band and is lead by an incredible musician who both plays trombone and sings. It features some of the… Continue reading Always Leaves Me With a Huge Smile
A couple of things to catch up on: I’m not quite ready to do a full review on my new Cannonball Big Bell Stone Series tenor but early reports are really good. I would never want to do a full review without first playing it on the gig since for me nothing I do in… Continue reading News and Reviews in Progress