‘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.
A series of lessons on learning the head and solo by Cannonball Adderly on ‘Work Song’ from his album ‘Them Dirty Blues’. This is a superb example of the Blues scale in action!
The first thing anyone hears when you play the saxophone is your tone. It is your calling card, the thing that distinguishes you from others – it’s the most important part of your practice.
Whole Tone scales are one of the most exotic sounding scales found in Western Music.