I'm moving from England to Palo Alto, California, later this year. Anyone got recommendations for a tenor teacher for someone (me) who was once not bad but has not blown for 21 years and needs to get his jazz chops back, and better. In fact any info/pointers to the jazz/sax scene would be nice.
And yes, I did hit the search button, but seems all the Palo Alto teachers are either non-existent or lurkers...
I live in Palo Alto, which is funny. My teacher is Gordon Fels. He is a great guy who has really got me on my feet and has given me a great foundation for jazz. Much to my suprise, he often casually slips in a name of a person he has played with, which include Stanley Clarke and Chick Corea. If you would like his phone number, ask. Also, I could tell you my favorite places to jam and also some community music schools.
I would probably contact Peter Spitzer at the Community School for Music and Arts. He is a great guy and a perfect adult teacher. Gordon Fels is a good friend of mine and he is better with kids, although he's an awesome reedman. He gave me a few lessons years back that were valuable and taught my kids. Peter also holds adult education jazz improv classes that are quite valuable for getting back in shape.
I live in Palo Alto, just around the corner from Colossus (not AKA Sonny). If you hurry up and get here, there are still 5 more weeks of the Stanford Jazz Festival left and lots of teachers to hook up with available there.
Send me a PM with your email and I can help you 'hook up' when you get here...
I can recommend a fantastic teacher, who happens to be mine. Teaches Alto and Tenor. Was a student at Stanford, but has played professionally in NYC, Boston, and SF. Contact him at [email protected] and tell him Jon S. sent you.
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