Green Dolphin

Green Dolphin from Tony Tate on Vimeo. I am still learning slowly. As I've said many times before, there are a lot of tunes I used to think I knew. I had never taken the time to figure out how the tunes actually worked or worked out the harmony or how it was put together. … Continue reading Green Dolphin

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Chris Stapleton

I just discovered Chris Stapleton. Nope. He ain't no jazz player, but I'll bet that he could if he wanted to. Chris is categorized as a Country Artist. I would say it was more blues than anything, and he has what it takes to deliver in any genre. I have liked country music for a … Continue reading Chris Stapleton

My Broken Saxophone

My precious Allora Paris Series Tenor Sax is broken! The left-hand thumb rest detached from the saxophone. I don't know why it came undone, or what type of glue was used. It looks like an easy fix though. I will either do it myself or take it to the local repair guy in town because I … Continue reading My Broken Saxophone

The Vandoren Metal V16

Trying out the V16 Vandoren Metal mouthpiece. from Tony Tate on Vimeo. I really thought I had shared this video a long time ago. Somehow I uploaded it to Vimeo and forgot about it. The privacy settings were set so that only I could see it. I don't know what the reason was. So here … Continue reading The Vandoren Metal V16

Tower Of Power

Have a listen. I think you will like this. "It All Comes Back," A song by Tower Of Power, with Lenny Pickett, 1993. Another band I was introduced to by my high school band director was Tower Of Power. They are a band that features a full, very tight, badass horn section! And at that … Continue reading Tower Of Power

Becoming One

A New Experience While Practicing Sometimes when I'm practicing and my hand & ear connection is so good that it seems like my mind moves from where I normally perceive it being, which is my head, to my hands. It is as if I have become my hands and I can navigate through whatever I'm … Continue reading Becoming One

How High The Moon, Sort of

So I've been trying to attain some speed and technique and more accurately played rhythms and make more complete ideas. Jazz improvisation is not the easiest thing in the world, but, it is one of the most satisfying activities I have ever experienced in life. I will be forever learning I think. The tune is … Continue reading How High The Moon, Sort of

Taking it Slow

After I got my stitches out the other day I did some practicing. Would you like to take a wild guess as to what happened? If you guessed a new pain in the same hand, you guessed right. My thumb feels like it will break off at the second joint from the tip. I can't seem … Continue reading Taking it Slow