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If you want to relocate to a sax friendly city where will you go?
Sax friendly in terms of:
* neighbors don't complain when you practice,
* there are enough good teachers/music schools and techs around
* well stock and supplied music stores catering to sax
* good clubs with sax music where you can listen to pros play
* venues where amateurs can play in friendly environment
Is there such a place? (Cities/towns outside the US may also be considered)
 

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Or La La Land...
 

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I don't know where I live. I can pratice to a certain time. I think its 10 O'clock. The next door neighbor whose room is just like 10 feet away from my room. Enjoys the music when I do Ellington, or Blues Brothers. (I tend to blast.) It does sound like Utopia.
 

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Humm,

* Neighbors don't complain when you practice.

Not a problem since my house in on an over-sized corner lot. It's good to live in suburbia.

* There are enough good teachers/music schools and techs around.

There are maybe one of two good sax teachers (other than on college campuses) in the entire state. And the state has only one really good saxophone tech, as far as I know. And there's a waiting list for him.

* Well stock and supplied music stores catering to sax.

My state has no music stores that stock pro horns or pro mouthpieces beyond a few Selmer HR pieces. But there's two or three that say they can borrow some from Texas to try out if I am ready to buy.

* Good clubs with sax music where you can listen to pros play.

Only one. The local VFW has a blues band of older 70-ish retired guys. One old guy plays a mean Buescher tenor. That's about it.

* Venues where amateurs can play in friendly environment
Is there such a place? (Cities/towns outside the US may also be considered)


That would be church and the occasional local public event. I like the spot in front of the grocery store at Christmas time. ;)
 

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Saxmusiclover said:
If you want to relocate to a sax friendly city where will you go?
Sax friendly in terms of:
* neighbors don't complain when you practice,
* there are enough good teachers/music schools and techs around
* well stock and supplied music stores catering to sax
* good clubs with sax music where you can listen to pros play
* venues where amateurs can play in friendly environment
Is there such a place? (Cities/towns outside the US may also be considered)

I guess not (SIGH) :( :( :( :( :(
 

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* neighbors don't complain when you practice,
I've never had problems
* there are enough good teachers/music schools and techs around
There are 5 Universities and numerous Junior Colleges here. Lots of great sax players/teachers. My tech is outstanding. He does all the local pros and works on the touring pros when they come into town.
* well stock and supplied music stores catering to sax
There are a few places but I get my stuff mainly through mail order. Ironically, the place I mail order my reeds from is in Houston, but I still have to order online.
* good clubs with sax music where you can listen to pros play
There's a nice handful of clubs, bars, restaurants, and hotels that have live jazz. There at least a couple of place featuring jazz every day of the week. Obviously more on the weekends.
* venues where amateurs can play in friendly environment
There are a few weekly jam sessions in town where amateurs are welcomed and allowed to sit in.
Is there such a place? (Cities/towns outside the US may also be considered)
I wouldn't call Houston a jazz town but it seems to fit most of your criteria. I assume a lot of other cities would too. Austin fits most though I think their jams are a little stricter, but the live music scene is killin' on all fronts.
 

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* neighbors don't complain when you practice,
* there are enough good teachers/music schools and techs around
* well stock and supplied music stores catering to sax
* good clubs with sax music where you can listen to pros play
* venues where amateurs can play in friendly environment



The Twin Cities, Minnesota


-Where I live, the neighbors on both sides of me(I live in a town house), actually like to hear me practice, they say.

-There are plenty of good techs and teachers around the Twin Cities area

-There is a problem with supplied music stores. There are no public stores in the cities that I know of that supply a bunch of sax related stuff. No vintage mouthpieces or saxes to go try out in large quantities. The only way to try this stuff in person is local players.

-There are PLENTY of good clubs in and around the Twin Cities area to go listen to live jazz.

-There's also a bunch of places where you can go and sit-in with some jazzers and just jam with a bunch of fellow musicians.



Overall, the Twin Cities is a very sax-accommodating area to live in. It could use some stores that supply good sax things, but other than that, I have no complaints!
 

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Thanks Agent27. Been to Houston briefly a long time ago and I liked the place. Never been to Austin but I'll consider a visit.

Thunderwhale, I like the Twin Cities too except in winter. Thanks!
 

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Not where I live, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Biggest problem here is with the music stores, unfortunately.

However, I was in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for quite some time. I was really impressed, there were at least 4 music stores, almost all of which had good woodwind sections. Some of the best techs I've ever worked with, and a fair amount of venues with Jazz. For a city it's size (not huge), I thought it was a pretty good start.
 

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Luckily DC, where I live, has a very active jazz scene with a lot of great players and opportunities to sit in. Unfortunately, there is not a single decent music store anywhere near.
 

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A Capital Idea

I wouldn't have thought it if someone asked but as I reviewed your questions ,my town started sounding pretty good.
Neighbours?
- I live right downtown but play in my workshop,loudly.To my neighbours it's probably a relief from the sound of my machinery so....no complaints.

Teachers/techs and schools?
-There's quite a few monster players in town who give lessons, courses in jazz at Carlton University and any number of music schools.I thought I'd have to send my horn to the Center of the Universe :twisted: (Toronto)to get set up but had my choice of three different techs. Worked out fine.

Well stocked music stores?
-Ummm, well not as bad as other places and Montreal is only two hours away. There's a few places in town where I can get a good selection of reeds and other accessories, you could even buy a horn here but only if you already knew what you wanted. Shout out to St. John's Music, the horniest store in town.:D

Good clubs?
-There's only a few clubs that have a just jazz music policy but quite a few that feature jazz nights. You can hear seriously good jazz any day of the week.:cool:

Amatuer venues?
-Jazzworks and the Ottawa Jazz Collective run great once a month jams, Cafe Paradiso has open jams as does Le Petit Chicago. There's enough going on whether you're looking to get a leg up with a sympathetic audience or looking to be challenged in a cutting contest.

Maybe I should just keep this on the Q.T., Man, everyone's going to want to come here.:D
 

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* neighbors don't complain when you practice

My only neighbor heard me practice the first time and said 'I love John Coltrane'---not that I sound like him.:)

* there are enough good teachers/music schools and techs around

One good tech, forty miles away. Does great solder work--but I wouldn't let him repad my horns

* well stock and supplied music stores catering to sax

online works for me (thanks Simon)

* good clubs with sax music where you can listen to pros play

noplace is perfect

* venues where amateurs can play in friendly environment
Is there such a place? (Cities/towns outside the US may also be considered)

Well....
 

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So come to Houston for the Winter and Minny-St. Paul for the summer :D
Cool suggestion. Worth considering. Thanks.
 

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Not where I live, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Biggest problem here is with the music stores, unfortunately.
Seems to be the problem almost everywhere.:(


rs1sensen said:
However, I was in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for quite some time. I was really impressed, there were at least 4 music stores, almost all of which had good woodwind sections. Some of the best techs I've ever worked with, and a fair amount of venues with Jazz. For a city it's size (not huge), I thought it was a pretty good start.
Let me look up where Green Bay. Sounds like a nice place sax-wise.:)

Thanks
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Luckily DC, where I live, has a very active jazz scene with a lot of great players and opportunities to sit in. Unfortunately, there is not a single decent music store anywhere near.

Yeah I've heard DC has a cool jazz scene. :cheers: Worth checking out. Thanks
 

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I wouldn't have thought it if someone asked but as I reviewed your questions ,my town started sounding pretty good.
Neighbours?
- I live right downtown but play in my workshop,loudly.To my neighbours it's probably a relief from the sound of my machinery so....no complaints.

Teachers/techs and schools?
-There's quite a few monster players in town who give lessons, courses in jazz at Carlton University and any number of music schools.I thought I'd have to send my horn to the Center of the Universe :twisted: (Toronto)to get set up but had my choice of three different techs. Worked out fine.

Well stocked music stores?
-Ummm, well not as bad as other places and Montreal is only two hours away. There's a few places in town where I can get a good selection of reeds and other accessories, you could even buy a horn here but only if you already knew what you wanted. Shout out to St. John's Music, the horniest store in town.:D

Good clubs?
-There's only a few clubs that have a just jazz music policy but quite a few that feature jazz nights. You can hear seriously good jazz any day of the week.:cool:

Amatuer venues?
-Jazzworks and the Ottawa Jazz Collective run great once a month jams, Cafe Paradiso has open jams as does Le Petit Chicago. There's enough going on whether you're looking to get a leg up with a sympathetic audience or looking to be challenged in a cutting contest.

Maybe I should just keep this on the Q.T., Man, everyone's going to want to come here.:D
I know someone who went to Carlton (but not for music). Sounds like a cool place sax-wise (except in winter:D).

Thanks
Ben
 

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