Johnny Ferreira provides an overview of the history of the saxophone including sound clips from Rudy Wiedoeft, Ben Webster,
Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Louis Jordan, Sam Butera, Big Jay McNeely, Sam the Man Taylor, and King Curtis.
"Hound Dog" Lorenz; Alan Freed: In 1953, George and Alan Freed created a radio
haven for the new music called "rock n' roll", and played a pivotal
role in its ever increasing popularity, putting on shows throughout the
Northeastern United States. During the 50's and 60's, with a fan club of nearly
100,000 paid members and a show syndicated around the world, "The Great George
L" strongly promoted R&B and Blues artists ignored by Top 40 radio stations and
charts. This is an archive
from his radio show during the mid-60's as well as
two radio interviews with Little Richard; the radio hour features R&B from
the early 50's, rock n' roll from the late 50's, and blues and r&b from the
mid-60's, with some great, sax driven, instrumentals. This
link for Alan Freed (go to "Biography", "hear audio
clips") provides sound clips from Alan Freed radio show from 1952-59
with a video clip from the 1957 movie "Mr. Rock 'N Roll".
Domino and Herb Hardesty: Nick Spitzer of National Public Radio has a profile
of Fats Domino and his 1955 song Ain't That a Shame, "one of
the most influential pieces of American music form the last century", which
featured Herb Hardesty on tenor.
Maceo Parker: Interview
January 2000- The Saxist- An extensive interview with a pivotal figure in the development of funk.
Sax Shed, created by Skip Spratt, although focusing primarily on jazz,
also features interviews with modern Rock and R&B players including Baron
Raymonde, Aaron Heick, and the "Chops Horns", Darryl Dixon and Dave Watson.
WFMU provides an invaluable history of R&B disc jockeys and radio stations that featured R&B and Blues during the 1950's.
John Laughter and Steve D. Marshall: The
History of “Top 40” Saxophone Solos: 1955-2005: An invaluable resource, listing the sax players on many Top 40 hits in
North America and England. A CD
set (293 pages in MS Word) with bios/photos and 17 music tracks can be purchased
by contacting John Laughter @ JSAXL@aol.com
Man Nervous: (Big Nickel Publishing, 1994): A fascinating review
of the flamboyant swing and jump blues saxophonists and their critical influence
on rock n” roll and rhythm and blues. This book includes bios of Big Jay
McNeely, Joe Houston, King Curtis, Chuck Higgins, Hal Singer, Big Al Sears, Sam
"The Man" Taylor, and more.
Dawson and Steve Propes, What Was The First Rock 'n' Roll Record? (Boston
: Faber & Faber, 1992). An insightful review into the recordings that helped
to shape rock 'n' roll between 1944 and 1956. This link reviews their list
Hansen: "Saxophone's History as the Devil's Horn": Michael Segell
discusses his book, The Devil's Horn:
From Novelty to King of Cool. It follows the history of the
saxophone through more than 160 years as a controversial classical, jazz and
The live interview can be heard on National
David Sanborn: An acclaimed session player, who performed with such artists as Paul Butterfield, B.B. King and Little Milton, David Sanborn has enjoy a successful solo career.
David Sanborn Interview
Deke McGee’s website provides some great information about player’s setups, who they played with, and recommendations for some great R&B saxophone on vinyl and CD.
Artists- Sax on the Web Discussion Threads
Freddie Mitchell- Unsung Giant
Johnny Paris of Johnny and the Hurricanes
Rock And Roll Sax- The Last Ten Years-Who's Interesting
Sound- Sax on the Web Discussions
To Get That Rock Sound- an interesting discussion including an insightful
analysis of recording techniques and equipment for King Curtis
What’s Your Favorite Rock Set-Up?
Rock n’ Roll Saxophone Style
Tone- Past and Present
How To Play Killer Blues And Rockin' Sax Solos With 7 Notes Or Less
Paul Deville: Universal Method for Saxophone (Paperback)
(Appa the Association of Higher Education)
and Roll Saxophone Hal Leonard Corporation (October 1, 2000)
Rock Sax- Techniques, Licks And Effects". Hal Leonard Corporation
(March 1, 1995)
and Roll Saxophone": Hal Leonard Corporation; Book & CD edition
(March 1, 1998)
Saxophone- An In-Depth Look at the Styles of the Masters"- Hal Leonard
Corporation (December 1, 2001)
Yellin: Improvising Rock Sax ": Music Sales Corporation (June 1983)
Henri Weber: Sax-Acrobatix (a
book on effects- scanned)
Rock And Roll Saxophone (video)
Pete Thomas: Jools
Holland "Music Makers" Saxophone Tuition DVD for Beginners. (all proceeds go to charity).
Deke McGee: Learn to Play Rhythm 'n Blues Saxophone for Bb Tenor
Tim Price: A Long Look At The Blues- SOTW- Parts One and Two
Pete Thomas: Saxophone Lessons and Articles
Pete Thomas: How
to Play a Rock and Roll Saxophone Solo<
Saxophone Solo Transcripts, Horn Charts
Curtis Swift: If you need a solo transcribed, or if you would like to obtain a solo already done,
please contact Curtis for more information at http://www.saxsolos.com/.
Tune transposing and music notation services also are available.
Paul Harris, a regular contributor to Juke Blues magazine, Bristol,
England, and to Now Dig This magazine, Gateshead, England.
Terms negotiable. Full lists of artists available can be supplied from the same
address. Please state musical genre required.
Photographs of the following players are available:
Allen, Hal Ashby, Sam Butera, Jimmy Cavello, Joey D'Ambrosio, Charles 'Chucky C'
Elam III, Jimmy Forrest, Grady Gaines, Herb Hardesty, John Hart, Chuck Higgins,
Joe Houston, Plas Johnson, Thomas Johnson, Fred Kemp, Walter Kimball, Dickie
Landry, David Lastie, Andrew Love, Preston Love, Lannie McMillan, Big Jay
McNeely, Jamel Mitchell, James Mitchell, James Moody, Robert Parker, Sidney 'Hot
Rod' Reynaud, Chuck Rio, James Rivers, Harry Simoneaux, Hal Singer, Jim Spake,
Buddy Tate, Willie Tee, Pete Thomas, Lionel Torrence, Alvin 'Red' Tyler, Junior
Walker, Noble 'Thin Man' Watts, Paul Williams.