Month: March 2017

Jazz Lab Sax Deflector

Hearing what the audience hears when you’re playing the saxophone is very difficult.

The sound dissipates quite quickly and therefore what you as the player hears is not as ‘rich’ as the sound the audience or microphone hears.  This is where the Jazz Lab Sax Deflector can help, and here is my video unboxing and review.

 

D’Addario Select Jazz Tenor Sax Mouthpiece

I was thrilled to get my hands on the D’Addario Select Jazz Tenor Sax Mouthpiece last Friday and quite frankly I am BLOWN away by this mouthpiece.

D’Addario have already produced a Select Jazz Mouthpiece for the Alto Sax and they are very excited about what this Tenor Sax Mouthpiece is going to sound like. D’Addario artist Jeff Coffin has worked closely with D’Addario in the production of this mouthpiece and I have to say that all the work has certainly paid off.  This is ‘bang for buck’ one of the best mouthpieces I’ve played.

Sax On The Bridge

Back in 2005 I was invited to New York by my mentor Branford Marsalis.  In order to get warmed up before I hit the jam sessions, I followed in the footsteps of the great Sonny Rollins.

Sonny used to practice on Williamsburg Bridge during his sabbatical years and in this episode of #DansVlog I tell you the story of why I went to practice on the bridge and how I ended up with this AMAZING picture!

 

Dinant – Birthplace of the Sax!

On a recent European Tour I was fortunate to be able to detour to the picturesque Belgian City of Dinant, birthplace of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone!

Whilst visiting Dinant I visited the Adolphe Sax museum, (which is in the same spot as the house where young Adolphe grew up!) There is a small exhibition and a bench outside of the house where you can sit with a sculpture of Adolphe and enjoy the view.

If you’re ever in Southern Belgium I’d advise you take a pilgrimage to Dinant and pay homage to Mr Sax!