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All The Things You Are – Open Project

We’ve done a number of student projects over the years, most notably at Christmas, but as we can’t have a students summer concert this year, I wanted to put together a video that is open to EVERYONE, playing the great Jerome Kern standard ‘All The Things You Are.’

If you are working at a higher level then please take a look at the Kenny Dorham tune ‘Prince Albert’ which is a Contrafact over the top of the changes to ‘All The Things You Are’. What I want is the head, one solo and the out head. I’ll then edit everything together and share it on Social Media!

When you’re done – email your VIDEO (preferably just with your sax, use headphones for the backing track) in landscape mode to [email protected] – DEADLINE IS 30TH JUNE 2020.

Of course if you really want to get to grips with this, take the Coleman Hawkins ‘All The Things You Are Transcription Course’.

Download The Lead Sheets

Bb All The Things You Are

Eb All The Things You Are

Bb Prince Albert

Eb Prince Albert

Backing Track (using Jazz Session Band)

Playalong with Dan – All The Things

Playalong with Dan – Prince Albert

All The Things You Are Playlists

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4d3mxUmEVGIu8YYy3puj29?si=u365G8WBSlm0MbW3OzDYhg

McCoy Tyner

It was with sadness that I heard of the passing on Friday, 6th March of the legendary pianist McCoy Tyner. I feel it an incredible privilege to have heard Mr Tyner at the Barbican back in November 2011 with Chris Potter and I’ve compiled a Vlog and playlists for you below.

Enjoy and share!

Jimmy Heath

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of the great Jimmy Heath on Sunday, 19th January 2020. Jimmy was a personal friend and played alongside John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. He wrote over 100 jazz compositions and appeared on over 125 albums in his life.

If you’re on Spotify or another music service please use the ‘Song Shift‘ App (I will paste the Spotify playlist into this when I can get it working)!

2019 Cambridge Saxophone Students Concert

I was delighted to present a concert on Saturday, 8th June 2019 at Whittlesford Parish Church which featured students from Cambridge Saxophone and the Advanced Jazz Ensemble from the SCYM.

The concert was organised to raise funds for the refurbishment of the church roof, (raising over £1200) and to students, (especially adults) who wouldn’t normally get the chance to perform, the chance to do so.

Michael Brecker’s Pop Sax

The late, great Mike Brecker is regarded by many, (including myself) as probably the greatest virtuoso on the saxophone. Brecker’s contribution to the jazz cannon is well noted, but it was his work as a session musician throughout the 1970’s and 80’s the arguably allowed him to explore jazz saxophone later in his career.

Mike didn’t release a solo album under his own name until he was 37, (Charlie Parker was dead at 35 and Coltrane died at 40) and whilst we also lost Brecker too young, (Mike died aged just 57 in 2007) – his over 700 recording credits are a testament to his outstanding skill as a musician. We’ve briefly covered Brecker’s music in this Vlog post from my ‘Sax Advent Calendar‘ but here is a more focused pop music playlist.

Enjoy the playlists, share them and be inspired!