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There is a wealth of information shared on this forum. I feel that in certain cases some of it may be skewed to one direction or another based on the general bias of this board, and I'm interested how/if this board is biased (and if so, to what degree).

I also think that this might help people to figure out who might be a good source of information, to either trust or PM (ie: If you're trying to find out about classical listening examples, you might trust a person who's preferential playing is classically based).

I think this is a public post so as to share that information. Please only select multiple styles if you play them all with equal proficiency.

I think a small explaination of the setting would be helpful as well (for example, I inteded jazz combo to include those who play in instrumentation that were feature type combos, as well as those playing in combos that play better for ).

I apologize if you feel this doesn't cover styles very well, we could always start anew, if there is enough criticism :)!

Thanks all!
 

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I play in a big band at school, a couple of different jazz combos, a funk/fusion band, a ska band and a reggea band. Maybe you should add some categories, like pop, soul, fusion etc..
 

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I've played is all of the settings you described. I think this forum really covers a WIDE range of saxophone playing. I play primarily in commercial/rock which doesn't involve a lot of "classical" style playing.
 

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I pretty much stopped playing 'soloist' oriented classical chamber music 25 years ago. I would still play concert band, orchestra, or chamber music if invited.

I play in a little big band (3 saxes, 3 bones, 3 tpts + rhythm section), jazz combos irregularly, blues jams (when available), and a classic rock band (currently on hiatus).
 

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And home I play solo classical pieces, but I gigged with them only 3 times.
Then I play in the school bigband and we have 5 gigs in a year.
I also play in a sax combo which plays different styles.
 

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What about playing in the basement with Band in a Box for backing? That's where I'm at baby!!
 

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I play in a community swing band (volunteer organization), a jazz combo (primarily players from the swing band, but play for a fee), and a classic rock / blues band (professional). Last but not least, I also play at my church.
 

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I think you need one more catagory, which is a huge one for the sax:

Blues/swing/jump

I realize some would include this in the rock catagory, but there is a huge difference between "rock" and blues/jump blues, which is more swing-oriented. It overlaps a bit into the jazz arena of course, but most people wouldn't consider blues vocals or jump blues to be the same thing as jazz.

I bring this up because the blues/jump catagory is where I fit and it's what I play, along with some jazz. I'd like to get better at bebop, etc, but don't get enough chance to play it.
 

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JL said:
I think you need one more catagory, which is a huge one for the sax:

Blues/swing/jump

I realize some would include this in the rock catagory, but there is a huge difference between "rock" and blues/jump blues, which is more swing-oriented. It overlaps a bit into the jazz arena of course, but most people wouldn't consider blues vocals or jump blues to be the same thing as jazz.

I bring this up because the blues/jump catagory is where I fit and it's what I play, along with some jazz. I'd like to get better at bebop, etc, but don't get enough chance to play it.
+1 for that. It ain't rock, it ain't jazz, though of course is related to both. I play blues and jazz about equally.
 

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JL said:
I think you need one more catagory, which is a huge one for the sax:

Blues/swing/jump

I realize some would include this in the rock catagory, but there is a huge difference between "rock" and blues/jump blues, which is more swing-oriented. It overlaps a bit into the jazz arena of course, but most people wouldn't consider blues vocals or jump blues to be the same thing as jazz.

I bring this up because the blues/jump catagory is where I fit and it's what I play, along with some jazz. I'd like to get better at bebop, etc, but don't get enough chance to play it.
Same with me :D
 

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There are also commercial gigs, wherein a combo plays standards for country club dinner music and dancing. None of your categories fits that kind of playing.

I voted only in the jazz category, because that's the only one of your choices in which I play saxophone, and this is a saxophone forum. But I play piano and string bass in big bands and trumpet in a community concert band.
 

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I play blues and rock. I'm sort of a block player. :)

Seriously though, there's 2 categories of classical in the poll, only 1 category of jazz, and no blues. That needs fixing. I also think of myself as playing soul and R&B, neither of which fits well in either the blues or rock categories, but I'll be ok with blues and rock - you can't divide up the categories into all possible genres and styles or it becomes meaningless.
 

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Rock/R&B for me.....
I wish there was a better jazz scene here,I would love to move in that direction.
 

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Also, ska is an unusual choice for a category. There's also reggae, afrobeat, world music, and so on. In the SF Bay Area, there's lots more Latin players than ska. Maybe the solution is replace ska with "Other" and ask the person to specify in a post.
 

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Al Stevens said:
a combo plays standards for country club dinner music and dancing.
Then there's the country western club. . . .

Seriously, of course, there IS a distinct country western and/or western swing style of sax playing -- another category. Definitely a minority style, but there it is. I played a lot of western swing years ago when I lived in Oklahoma -- and enjoyed every minute of it. Great music, great dancing! Whole lotta drunks!
 
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