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Agree with the previous comments -- study with a private teacher. While it's been more than 20 years since my last lesson, I still go back to some of the basics that I was shown while I was studying. Two of my favorite books are Abe Most - Jazz Improvisations - it is out of print, but you can find it periodically on eBay or Amazon. It's technical studies over chord changes. The McGee book "Modal Studies for Jazz Saxophone" is another one.

Versatility is very important -- multiple instruments definitely helps your value. If you can double on keyboard, that is a very good trump card to have. Not every song requires a sax, and being able to fill out the sound by doubling up on keys certainly is better than starting off into space.
 
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