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How David Sanborn Changed My Life

In 1977, I went to see one of my music heroes, David Sanborn at the Leona Theatre in Pittsburgh. It was a packed house, Dave was at his peak, with his regular band featuring his guitar comrade the late and…

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Makihiko Ayaki: Music from Japan

One of the first musicians that I met about 8 years ago when I started spending a lot of time in Japan was Makihiko Araki. He's a brilliantly talented musician, influenced by Prince and others, and was signed to the…

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Music and The Human Brain

We lost Barry Harris just recently, he lived a rich and full life of dignity, a true Jazz Warrior.  I always noticed that Barry sung things to his students.  I just had a long talk with Dr. Nelson Harrison and…

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"The Big Birdie" Charlie Parker: The Source

I studied Bird by listening to his playing, and reading books about him. Charlie Parker is the most important musician of the last 80 years, he changed music across the musical spectrum. Rhythm & Blues came from jazz, and the…

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How Do Ya Practice Jazz? Or Music?

I was doing a Zoom lesson with a student about playing over There Will Never Be Another You. I was teaching the idea of playing a simple phrase, then running the Licks he had been shedding. Simple. Then Practice. Simple…

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Review of the Buffet Senzo Alto Saxophone

I had the privilege of going to the Buffet Showroom New York City, in 2015 and play testing the new alto, and taking it home for two weeks.   I really enjoyed this alto.  It has a dark sound, reminds me…

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