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
No complaints from the doctor about removing the bandage from my hand. And no complaints from me about my hand. I haven't had much pain at all. They gave me some exercises to do in order to help the healing process. My hand is still a little swollen, but not terribly. I am already able … Continue reading Healing
Tenor Sax Mouthpieces I still haven't figured out which tenor sax mouthpiece I'm going to settle on. So far I have my Guardala, which I've had for 21 years. Then when I bought my tenor sax last summer I bought a Vandoren V16. About a month or two after that I bought a Vandoren Jumbo … Continue reading With Strength Comes Beauty
It seems like there are billions of saxophone players in the world. Some are like me, just a novice. And then there are those saxophone players that are just brilliant. I just ran across another seriously bad dude. You may know his father, John. I'm sorry I am late in this discovery. Most of you probably … Continue reading Ravi Coltrane
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
Dan L., a friend of mine, turned me on to Joshua Redman while we were stationed in New Orleans together. While there in 1996 we saw Joshua perform at the House of Blues. It was one of the best jazz concerts I have had the pleasure of seeing. Joshua was on fire. Since that time … Continue reading Hide and Seek
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 have been practicing for almost 3 months. I am making some progress. It takes me much longer to learn a tune nowadays, but I can still learn. I have read that people who play musical instruments are constantly increasing synaptic function in the brain. So playing music is good for you. So, here is … Continue reading Have You Met Miss Jones?
My Review of Allora Paris Series Tenor from Tony Tate on Vimeo. The Allora Paris Series Tenor Saxophone A little over a month ago I purchased the Allora Paris Series Tenor sax not knowing a lot about it. I looked for videos on YouTube but none that really demonstrated the horn very well. Now I'm certainly … Continue reading Allora Paris Series Tenor Sax
Here is a little something I was fooling around with. Might make a pretty good song some day. I call it, "Here With Us."