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1. Why did you start playing and what got you into the saxophone?
I had a teacher in the fifth grade who was a good family friend and he was in a blues band. I saw them play one night at a school function and just loved it every time the saxophone player took a solo. They looked like they were having so much fun so when I got to high school I joined the band so I could borrow the school saxophone and finally was able to find out for myself what all the fuss was about. It was in high school that I heard my first jazz record and fell in love with the genre.
2. What musicians/bands are your biggest influences/roots?
I always find myself going back and getting inspired constantly by the music and performances of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Dexter Gordon, Gerry Mulligan, and Ray Charles.
3. What books do you recommend for your students?
I always recommend the bible of saxophone method: Carl Fisher's Universal Method for Saxophone. I also swear upon the Charlie Parker Omnibook transcribed by Jamey Aebersold and Ken Slone to develop great language for reading and improvising. Other than these I usually steer my students toward records and pieces to listen to.
4. What music do you recommend for listening and what is or has been the most important song or album to you and why?
I always recommend listening back to some of the most influential music to jazz today such as traditional jazz (Louis Armstrong, Django and company), big bands (Count Basie, Duke, and company), and some Rhythm and Blues (Ray Charles and company). I always recommend listening to great vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. I also recommend listening to anything from the cool jazz era for improvising because they were just there to make great music, not show off or push the envelope. It is hard to choose a most important album to me but I would have to return to Ella Fitzgerald's "Twelve Nights in Hollywood - Live." Her band is so swinging and everything is so natural. Her scat solos in this album are amazing and some of the best and interesting I've heard from anyone.
5. What are you listening to now?
Joshua Redman's "Spirit of the Moment: Live at the Village Vanguard." I'm transcribing one of his solos off of this album. The man is God's gift to the saxophone.
6. What do you enjoy doing when you are not teaching or playing music?
I enjoy drinking coffee, listening to music, cooking, getting outside, and enjoying the company of friends.
7. What is your favorite ice cream?
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When I have a student get excited about our lessons it really makes me happy inside to know that I can bring other people joy, especially, through music! I've had many tips given to me from my students over the years as a thank you to me for all they have learned from our lessons. I've received gifts that have ranged from money to books and more and I am so grateful for all. Just recently, I was given a guitar as a thank you from one of my jazz guitar students, Matthias. How cool is that?! (it's the cream guitar on the right).
Check out Matthias' band, Indyus. His music will definitely get you going!
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