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Bob Reynolds Saxophone Masterclass.

Location: Southampton University, Highfield Campus, University Road, Southampton, SO17 1BJ.

JazzSmart are proud to announce in conjunction with The University of Southampton and D’Addario, an amazing one day saxophone masterclass with the fantastic Bob Reynolds.

Bob Reynolds is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and Grammy Award-winning member of the band Snarky Puppy. Widely known for his work with both Snarky and John Mayer, he is a prolific composer and recording artist with 9 top-selling solo albums to his credit. His latest release, Quartet, features his working band and debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart. They recently completed their first tour to sold-out audiences across Europe. The New York Times called Bob “a self-assured saxophonist and an unassuming yet effective composer.” An independent recording artist, Bob’s albums showcase his melodic improvisational style, tuneful songwriting, and, as the LA Times put it: “hip-swiveling” grooves.

His 2013 album Somewhere In Between, a seamless blend of jazz, blues, rock and pop, reached #1 on iTunes’ jazz charts, and in 2017 he released the albums Guitar Band and Hindsight, both of which landed in the top ten on the Billboard Jazz charts.

Born in Morristown, New Jersey, Reynolds grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, where he started playing saxophone at age 13. Although he listened to a range of music as a kid, by his late teens he was a dedicated jazz student. After high school he honed his skills at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where he mentored with George Garzone, Hal Crook, and others. Bob is a passionate educator and in-demand clinician. This summer he’ll lead his 5th annual retreat for saxophonists and, through his Virtual Studio, he’s spent the last 9 years helping musicians around the globe become confident improvisers. Bob lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. He shares insights on balancing a music career and raising a family with over 54,000 subscribers to his popular YouTube channel.

“A self-assured saxophonist and an unassuming yet effective composer…”

“…Reynolds flexes an assured hand with melding hip-swiveling jazz and funk as a bandleader.”

“Some of the freshest, most compelling, and most soulful music I have heard recently. Bob Reynolds is an amazing musician, with something very exciting and original to say.”
Joshua Redman, Grammy-nominated saxophonist

“Bob is one hell of a saxophonist! His sound is rich and his execution is effortless.”
Michael Brecker, Grammy-winning saxophonist

Within the sessions Bob will cover everything and anything to do with the saxophone, improvisation, practice-time-optimization, the music business etc. We’ll try and squeeze in as much as we can. Bob will also be open to Q&A’s.

Please note, this is a masterclass so no playing, just listening, engaging, and taking notes!
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