JulyAugust 2009, Volume 33, No. 6
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ARTICLES THIS ISSUE
JulyAug 2009


Emilio Lyons "The Sax Doctor"
Replacing Bass Saxophone Pads
What Kind Of Flute Pads Should You Use

The Saxophone Quartet
Martin Bresnick 'Everything Must Go'
by Susan Fancher

Creative Teaching Techniques
by Steven Mauk
"The Universal Method Book Revisited"

Rock 'n Roll Saxophone
by Andrew Clark
"The Importance Of Space"

Creative Jazz Improvisation
by David Pope
"Practicing Concentration"

My Pad Or Your's
by Steve "Saxgourmet Goodson"
"Part I: Early History Of Pads"
A Lesson With Subaram Raman
by Greg Banaszak

Jazzband Section Tips
by David Camwell
"Judging Student Jazz Bands In Festivals"

Gettin' Around On The Saxophone
by Gunnar Mossblad
"A Quick Guide To Analyzing Jazz Standards"

New Saxophone Publications
by David Demsey
"Effective Etudes For Jazz by Mike Carubia & Jeff Davis"
"Saxophone Masterclass DVE by Joe Murphy"
RECOMMENDED RECORDINGS
Paul Wagner's Reviews
Impressions D'Automne
Jerome Laran

Steller Saxes
Kenneth Tse & Nobuya Sugawa

Billy Kerr's Reviews
A Duet Of Love
Eddie Daniels
Live In Italy
Seamus Blake Quartet
Third Occasion
David Binney


Frank Bongiorno's Reviews
Soprillogy
Nigel Wood
Sacred Machines
Glenn White

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Jazz Phrasing And Style
Masterclass/Play-Along CD
by Greg Fishman

Jazz phrasing and style are among the more elusive aspects of becoming a good jazz saxophonist. As most students quickly find out, there’s a lot more involved in sounding like an experienced jazz player than simply playing the notes on the page with accurate time.

Students frequently ask me, “How do you play in the right style for jazz?” This is a much more complex question than it appears. Imagine if I asked you, “How do you speak Spanish?” Would you describe the ways in which I had to position my tongue to roll an “R”? Would you begin explaining grammar usage? Would you tell me that the pronunciation is often different than it looks on the page when reading a word?

All of these are valid answers, and yet there’s no single answer to the question. The same is true regarding jazz phrasing and style. I think of jazz as a second language (or maybe a first language, with English as my second language!) It has taken many years of practice and study, and immersing myself in the sounds of jazz to learn how to sound like a jazz musician, and I’m continually learning more with each performance and with each recording that I hear.

There are, however, certain concepts that are at the core of my understanding jazz style which are based on my experiences as a student, performer and teacher. I’d like to share these concepts with you in this masterclass.

JAZZ PHRASING AND STYLE CD TRACKS
1. Halsted Street Masterclass
2. Halsted Street Demonstration Track (Tenor)
3. Halsted Street Rhythm Section Track For Tenor
4. Halsted Street Demonstration Track (Alto)
5. Halsted Street Rhythm Section Track For Alto
PERSONNEL
Greg Fishman – Alto and Tenor Saxophone
Dennis Luxion – Piano
Eric Hochberg – Bass
Phil Gratteau – Drums