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  1. Tips and Techniques
    Hello Saxers: I'm taking the leap from playing as a sectional player in the Big Band to becoming a participating soloist, I want to run with the big dogs now, and have been playing in the classical style for years, no liberties, mostly on bari sax. How do you get out of your analytical head...
  2. SOTW Member Recordings & Reviews
    Happy (almost) New Year! Here's a video featuring the Boardwalk Jazz Band playing the classic "Auld Lang Syne" live at the Triad Theater in New York City. This features Cassandra Kubinski on vocals and Hiruy (Henry) Tirfe on tenor saxophone. I hope you dig it, and have a great start to the new year!
  3. SOTW Member Recordings & Reviews
    How about some big band?! Here's a clip of my solo on a blues from a gig last night with one of the big bands I'm in. This features the new 10mfan Daddy-O mouthpiece- let me know what you think!!
  4. Clarinet
    Which Used Clarinet To Buy For 1400 € Hey Sax-people, :) I'm searching for good used clarinet for 1400 € for doubling in Big Band! Any ideas, models, types? Thank you!:mrgreen:
  5. Working Sax Pros
    Here's a recent interview I did with Nathan Childers after a performance at Birdland. Nathan has been the lead alto player in the Birdland Big Band for over 10 years and is one of those guys in New York who does more than seems humanly possible. There's some interesting insights from the...
  6. Baritone mpc
    Hello reader, I'm primarily and alto player and I'm thinking about trying bari for fun, maybe for other bands if need be. I currently do not have a mouthpiece for the instrument, and I would prefer something has edge but lots of depth for notes in the mid range and of course the low range. My...
  7. SOTW Member Recordings & Reviews
    Hi, folks May I introduce you to the BIG ol' BAND's saxophone section? https://youtu.be/hr2xgu9oBb4 alto: TIM POWELL (saxophone professor—University of Maryland, Rowan University) alto: KATE ANDERSON (freshly minted MM from Northern Illinois University) tenor: DR. GREG JOHNSON (protege of...
  8. Baritone mpc
    I would value your opinions on good (under $300) hard rubber mouthpieces suitable for playing bari in a big band? Since I started playing with a big band a couple of months ago, I have been playing on my classical setup, but I really need to get a more appropriate mouthpiece for this band to...
  9. Misc. Saxophone Discussion
    Hey Guys, Just for fun, comment below who would be in your dream sax section, saxophonists you choose do not have to alive currently. The section must include: 2 altos: (Lead and 2nd) 2 tenors: (Lead and 2nd) 1 bari Set it up like... Alto 1: Charlie Parker Alto 2: Sonny Stitt Tenor 1: John...
  10. Announcements and Bulletin Board
    The Colorado Jazz Workshop (cojazzworkshop.com) has immediate openings for musicians seeking an opportunity to play small combo and/or big band jazz. We are specifically looking to fill traditional big band instrumentation: Saxophones, Trombones, Trumpets, Keyboards, Bass, Drum Set and Guitar...
  11. Eb Alto
    So I'm tired of the same old "jam session" I want to get stuff done and sound like a band. Where can I find charts that match my band or what's an easy way of going about doing it myself or learning to do it myself
  12. Music Venues Around the World
    Hello fellow sax players! I am considering moving to the Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, NC area, but so far a cursory examination of the entertainment sections of the weekly newspaper lists a lot of rock, bluegrass, blues and cover bands. Can anyone tell me more about the music scene? Where...
  13. Tenor mpc
    I am a high school student doing a lot of tenor jazz soloing and big band work, and am looking for a good metal mouthpiece to move up into that more professional sound, but I don't want to break the bank. What are your suggestions? Thanks in advance.
  14. What to Buy & Why: Mouthpieces
    Hi y'all. I'm a new member here on SOTW but have been reading forums for about 4-5 months. I'm currently a sophomore in high school and have started to play for our school's big band. I play jazz, but my tone is that of a classical saxophonist. I play a Vandoren Optimum AL3. My director (a sax...
  15. SOTW Member Recordings & Reviews
    Hi all, As some of you might know I play first tenor in an amateur Big Band in The Netherlands (Q Big Band Delft). We recently played a gig in the Central Train Station of the very nice Dutch historical city Delft. I would like to share three clips from that concert with you. I play a short...
  16. SOTW Member Compositions & Arrangements
    For those of you who play in a big band..... It occurred to me that my mid-size ensemble scores can be played by big bands by simply doubling players on each of the 6 horn parts. In this way, these charts will give a band a fresh and unique sound. Sleepy Creek Samba is a good one to start...
  17. SOTW Member Compositions & Arrangements
    I'm working on a series of original pieces for mid-size jazz ensemble. The scores are written for soloist, 5-piece horn section, and rhythm. A flexible approach to instrumentation is used. The soloist can be just about any mid-range instrument. The horn section is configured from a pool of...
  18. Jazz and Improvisation
    I was just wondering what your favorite sax solos are that were recorded with a big band, particularly during the era when big bands were popular. I think that there are probably some real gems hidden in many recordings that may have been influential back in the day but are totally overlooked...
  19. Altissimo and Multiphonics
    Hi all, I have recently started playing bari in a big band and am looking to play some killer solos. This is where my question pops up: altissimo on the bari? I know it's possible as I've seen it done, but does anyone have any tips/tricks or fingering charts to give me a hand? Cheers
  20. Composer/Composition
    I'm offering my services to anyone looking for original music or arrangements. I'm interested in writing for big bands of any level: middle school, high school, college, professional, etc. I will offer discounts to the first few people that reply, as I'm looking to build a portfolio and some...
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