Lester Young influenced almost every saxophonist who came after him, yet at first he was told his saxophone tone was ‘wrong’. Some of his most famous work was with Billie Holliday including this solo.
Charlie Parker was one of the most influential musicians in 20th century music. This simple blues in F concert displays many of Parker’s signature phrases. You can’t fail to get better studying this!
Zoot Simms was a pioneer of the ‘West Coast’ jazz movement. A tone that was easy to listen to and a harmonic language that stayed firmly, ‘inside’ the changes.
‘Take Five’ is one of the most recognisable saxophone melodies in jazz. Written by Altoist Paul Desmond this popular classic contains gems of language for you to learn.
Joshua Redman’s take on Santa Claus is Coming to Town is one of my favourite Christmas jazz tunes. Not only does Josh swing hard on the melody, his solo contains line after line of incredible jazz language.
St. Thomas by Sonny Rollins has been a firm fixture in my set list for years. St. Thomas has a catchy melody and the harmony is easy to memorise.