Branford Marsalis In Concert

Last night I went to see a saxophone player I had never seen in concert before. Branford Marsalis was performing at the Vancouver Jazz Festival. His performance was done partially with the VSO, at the Orpheum Theatre. The first half of the 2½ hour show was classical in nature, and …

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Abe Lyman: Saxophones Should Be Instrumenta Non Grata

If you are a fan of original big band music, then the name Abe Lyman is likely familiar to you. Lyman was a drummer turned band leader, who had a very successful career that included: playing in the hottest clubs in California; performing on the radio starting in 1922; touring …

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The Ultimate Stencil Sax Chart

Last week I decided to undertake the first of a few new vintage saxophone reference charts for my website: A stencil sax chart unlike any other that you will find online. Why is it different you ask? Because wherever possible the stencil names are linked to photos. If you’ve googled …

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Saxophones: Rambling Thoughts

Saxophones: the clowns of the band Saxophones are capable of laughing; braying; singing; talking; barking; yelping; crying; sneezing; meowing. In short, saxophone effects are almost limited only by the imagination of the player. The Brown Brothers were a saxophone band from the 1920s who exemplified just how far the instrument …

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