The Fairer Sax

If you look back at photos of yourself from the 80s & 90s—or 70s or 60s depending on your age—one thing you can say with 100% certainty: fashions change. If you’re a musician, nowhere are those old fashions more indelibly preserved than on album covers. Case in point, the album…

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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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Corky Corcoran: Tenor Sax Ballad Master

Yesterday I noticed a vintage photo on eBay of tenor saxophonist Corky Corcoran. Now I must admit, this was a name that I hadn’t heard in years. I think the last time was likely in the 80s, when one of my private instructors mentioned him as one of the tenor…

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