For some reason I have always found the blues hard to navigate. The tunes are usually pretty simple, easy to hear, yet, I can't do without hitting some crap notes. I try to do a lot of listening. Especially to tunes that feature sax players doing what I cannot. I'd like to share a tune … Continue reading Scrap Iron
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
I am still enjoying myself for the most part. I say that because I am still having some back pain which sometimes makes it difficult to handle the weight of the saxophone. Anyway, this is another tune I'm relearning. It is called All The Things You Are, written Jerome Kern. It originally appeared in a … Continue reading All The Things You Are
My new alto sax I finally got it; a new Allora Paris Series Alto Sax. I liked the tenor so much I thought I would try the alto sax from Allora as well. I'm not used to it yet. So, I don't sound that great in this video, but I will. I have always played … Continue reading Allora Paris Series Alto Sax
I have been having a tough time. I have what is called degenerative disc disease. It is a deterioration of the disc between my vertebrae at all levels. It is, at times, extremely painful, as the nerves to my arms and legs are pinched. As my spine becomes more misaligned the more pain and numbness … Continue reading Pain & Music
I haven't been able to play my saxophone for a very long time because of neck pain. So I decided I would try to practice even though it hurts like hell. I thought I'd start with something easy (sort of). This is my version of Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, by Joe Zawinul. I am still using … Continue reading Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
If you love the saxophone you have got to check Vince Broomfield. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite players. He reminds me of one of my favorite players growing up, Kirk Whalum. My man has an absolutely fabulous phat alto sound. His music full of the soul you would expect from musician of … Continue reading Check Out Vince Broomfield!