Cannonball Adderley

Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley was born September 15, 1928, and died August 8, 1975, at age 46. He was a jazz alto saxophonist of the hard bop era of the 1950s and 1960s. He was thought to be the heir to Charlie Parker. That says something of the caliber of this saxophonist. Adderley is remembered … Continue reading Cannonball Adderley

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All Of Me

Fishing for comments dammit! All of Me is one of my favorite songs. I first heard it in high school. It's a relatively easy song to play and was one of the first songs I ever learned to improvise on. I have had this horn for a little over a year now and I find … Continue reading All Of Me

Charlie Parker

Now's The Time - Charlie Parker Charles "Yardbird" Parker was an amazing saxophonist who gained wide recognition for his brilliant solos and innovative improvisations. He was, without a doubt, one of the most influential and talented musicians in jazz history. When I was first introduced to jazz in high school I was floored when I … Continue reading Charlie Parker

Why I Post Recordings of Myself

Even if I SUCK! It is because I am using this site as a kind of accountability tool. It helps me to keep practicing, especially when I post something where I really sound like an amateur (which may be all of them). So it is not to say to you the reader, Hey listen to … Continue reading Why I Post Recordings of Myself

All The Things You Are

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

So I Got This New Sax

You may have seen my unboxing video. I got a new Alto Saxophone. It is an Allora Paris Series, just like the Tenor Sax I bought last summer. I am pleased to say that both of these saxophones have proven to be good solid instruments capable of being used by any professional. It may not … Continue reading So I Got This New Sax

One of My Favorite Players

Michael Brecker I started playing the alto sax in the 6th grade. I seemed to be naturally good at it or at least drawn to it. The first day I got it I played it for hours not knowing anything about the saxophone. In the seventh grade, I was introduced to the baritone sax and … Continue reading One of My Favorite Players