Scrap Iron

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

Green Dolphin

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. Green Dolphin Street was one of my … Continue reading Green Dolphin

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

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

With Strength Comes Beauty

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

Ravi Coltrane

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

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

Pain & Music

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