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Donna Schwartz brings you interviews, news, and reviews with some of the most exciting saxophonists in the world today. This is the place for the saxophone community to come together and learn through getting into the minds of our saxophone heroes. Enjoy the show and make sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode!

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Donna Schwartz brings you interviews, news, and reviews with some of the most exciting saxophonists in the world today. This is the place for the saxophone community to come together and learn through getting into the minds of our saxophone heroes. Enjoy the show and make sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode!

    Ep 105 – Jaleel Shaw; An influential saxophonist for this generation

    Ep 105 – Jaleel Shaw; An influential saxophonist for this generation

    To celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, we are really excited to present Jaleel Shaw, who has been a long standing member of the Roy Haynes Quartet, the Mingus Big Band and recently joined Tom Harrell’s Color of a Dream band. 

    A bandleader in his own right, Jaleel’s solo recordings have been met with rave reviews from publications including The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, and Jazztimes Magazine. 

    In Jazztimes Magazine’s 2011 Readers Poll, he was mentioned as Alto Saxophonist of the Year along with legendary saxophonists Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Bunky Green, and Kenny Garrett. 

    Jaleel is a force to be reckoned with and is noted as one of the most influential alto saxophonists of his generation. 

    Jaleel has performed and recorded with the likes of Clark Terry, Roy Hargrove, The Mingus Big Band, Christian McBride, Chick Corea, Jason Moran, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Arturo Sandoval, Nicholas Payton, Dave Holland, Jimmy Cobb, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, and the Count Basie Orchestra.

    We talked about: 



    Working with Roy Hargrove and Roy Haynes

    Main influence when it comes to his sound

    Jaleel shares Jazz Articulation tips

    What his composing process looks like

    One lesson he wants his students to remember the most

    His under $100 tool he can’t live without

    and more!



     

    Jaleel’s Links:

    Website: https://www.jaleelshaw.com/welcome

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/jaleelshawmusic

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/jaleelshaw 

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/jaleelshaw 

     

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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Ep 104 – Shelley Jagow; Creator of the Fingering & Tuning Charts App

    Ep 104 – Shelley Jagow; Creator of the Fingering & Tuning Charts App

    Shelley Jagow (PhD.), Professor of Music at Wright State University (Dayton, OH), is Director of

    Bands conducting both the Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony, and teaches conducting at the

    undergraduate and graduate level. 

    She is a Vandoren Artist-Clinician, as well as a music education clinician for Conn-Selmer and Meredith Music/GIA Music. 

    Shelley has presented clinics and performances at several State Music Educators Conferences as well as the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, NASA (North American Saxophone Alliance), ISME (International Society for

    Music Education, CMS (College Music Symposium), AMIS (Association for Music in International

    Schools), and the United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium.

    Shelley was previously nominated for both the “Robert J. Kegerreis Distinguished Professor of Teaching”

    Award and the “Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research” Award. 

    She has published numerous articles in periodicals and is a contributing author to both The Music Director’s Cookbook

    (Meredith Music), and Teaching Music Through Performance in Band (GIA) series. 

    Shelley is the author of Teaching Instrumental Music: Developing the Complete Band Program (2nd edition)

    (Meredith Music) – a popular textbook for music education degree study across the United States and

    Canada. More recent publications include Tuning for Wind Instruments: A Roadmap to Successful

    Intonation (Meredith), Intermediate Studies for Developing Artists on the Flute, Oboe, Clarinet,

    Saxophone and Bassoon (Meredith), and The Londeix Lectures—a multi-dvd set archiving the historical

    lectures of Jean-Marie Londeix (and translated by William Street).

     

    Quote: 

    You can’t play in tune until you play in tone.

    Links:

    Website: https://www.shelleyjagow.com/ 

    Fingering & Tuning Charts App: https://www.shelleyjagow.com/apps 

     

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Ep 103 – Emma McPhilemy; Musical Director and Saxophone Soloist for Riverdance

    Ep 103 – Emma McPhilemy; Musical Director and Saxophone Soloist for Riverdance

    March is Women’s History Month, and we are really excited to present the phenomenal multi-genre performer, educator and composer from the UK, Emma McPhilemy.

    As a classically trained musician, Emma takes great pleasure in using her refined instrumental skill to experiment and collaborate with other performers. 

    From classical, contemporary and improvisational to folk, pop, R&B and dance, she thrives most when creating and pushing the limits and boundaries of cross-genre performance. 

    As an educator, Emma has taught private students of all abilities, and presented professional masterclasses and workshops at Universities in China, Australia, UK and Europe. 

    Recent career highlights include making her debut concerto performance with The BBC Philharmonic, touring internationally as Musical Director and saxophone soloist in Bill Whelan’s production of ‘Riverdance’, traveling to Australia as guest artist at ‘The Melbourne Saxophone Festival’ and launching her own online, saxophone series (#lockthesaxdown) which has since turned into a global project and fully funded album, to be released over the coming months. 

    2021 holds her debut album release and a rescheduled tour with Riverdance. 

    Emma plans to make an appearance at the 2022 World Saxophone Congress in Japan, and in Trento at the European Saxophone Congress. 

    Emma is endorsed by Selmer Paris, Vandoren and KeyLeaves. 

     

    In this episode we talked about:



    * Her innovative “Lock the Sax Down” project

    * Her experience with folk music as a sax player

    * Emma’s approach to improvisation when it comes to different genres

    * Equipment and her set-up on alto and soprano sax

    * How her musical background allowed her to learn the Riverdance show in a week

    * Emma’s approach to teaching

    * Her mentors, influences, & inspirations

    * The evolution of her practice routines

    * Breathing tips for wind musicians

    * Above-and-beyond Goal-setting tips!

    * The under $100 tool she can’t live without

    * and more!



    You can also catch the video interview of this episode HERE

    Links:

    Website: https://www.emmamcphilemy.com/ 

     Bandcamp: https://emmamcphilemy.bandcamp.com/  

    Instagram: @emmasaxophone  

    Album pre-order: https://www.jenniwatson.com/albumshop/pre-order-lockthesaxdown-album 

     

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep 102 – Bob Reynolds; Grammy-winning member of the instrumental group Snarky Puppy

    Ep 102 – Bob Reynolds; Grammy-winning member of the instrumental group Snarky Puppy

     Los Angeles-based saxophonist Bob Reynolds is a Grammy-winning member of the instrumental group Snarky Puppy, an award-winning composer, and a prolific recording artist with 10 top-selling solo albums to his credit.

    Widely known for his work with both Snarky and John Mayer, he’s been a featured soloist with Grammy-winning instrumentalists like Larry Carlton, Chris Botti, and Jeff Lorber and worked with a host of pop artists including Michael Bublé, Idina Menzel, Josh Groban, The 1975, and USHER.

    The New York Times called him “a self-assured saxophonist and an unassuming yet effective composer,” and his solo albums showcase his melodic improvisational style, tuneful songwriting, and, as the LA Times put it: “hip-swiveling” grooves. His Guitar Band album, filmed live in concert, has over 4 million views on YouTube.

    A pioneer in online education, Bob has coached thousands of musicians since 2010 through his innovative Virtual Studio, and more than 76,000 people subscribe to Bob’s YouTube channel where he shares behind-the-scenes videos of what it’s like balancing his music career with raising a family.

    In this episode we talked about:



    * Biggest influences when it comes to playing, composing, and improvisation

    * What does jazz really mean?

    * The importance of learning jazz when it comes to improvisation

    * Why you should learn and play rhythm section instruments

    * His first tool for composing

    * The under $100 tool he can’t live without



    Links:

    Website: bobreynoldsmusic.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bobreynoldsmusic 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bob_reynolds/ 

    YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/bobreynolds

    Bob’s Virtual Studio: www.bobsvirtualstudio.com 

     

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ep 101 – Brent Vaartstra; Director of Learn Jazz Standards

    Ep 101 – Brent Vaartstra; Director of Learn Jazz Standards

    Our 101st guest is Brent Vaartstra, a professional jazz guitarist living in New York City, and the Director of the internationally renowned jazz education company, Learn Jazz Standards. 

    Even though Brent plays guitar, we thought it would be incredibly valuable for you to know about Learn Jazz Standards and to get into the mind of a really great jazz teacher.

    Brent has helped hundreds of thousands of musicians around the world take their jazz playing to the next level, through his blog, podcast, YouTube channel, and online courses.

    In this episode we talked about:



    * Brent’s contribution to the jazz community

    * How he discovered the tenets of a good improviser

    * His approach as a teacher on the internet’s information overload

    * What made him start Learn Jazz Standards

    * Learn Jazz Live 2021 2-day Virtual Summit

    * How basic music theory can go a long way

    * The $100 tool he can’t live without



    Links:

    Learn Jazz Live (Feb 27-28, 2021): www.learnjazzstandards.com/everythingsaxophone  

    Website: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/learnjazzstandards/ 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/learnjazzstandards/ 

    YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/Learnjazzstandards 

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/LJazzS 

     

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Ep 100 – Alexa Tarantino; one of the “Top 5 Alto Saxophonists of 2019”

    Ep 100 – Alexa Tarantino; one of the “Top 5 Alto Saxophonists of 2019”

    Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning, vibrant, young jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, and educator. 

    Tarantino was recently named one of the “Top 5 Alto Saxophonists of 2019” by the JazzTimes Critics’ Poll. 

    She has performed regularly as a leader and side woman with the Alexa Tarantino Quartet,  Cecile McLorin, Ulysses Owens Jr., LSAT ( the quintet co-led with baritone saxophonist, Lauren Sevian), Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra. 

    Alexa is an artist on the Posi-Tone Records label, and her debut quartet record, Winds of Change, released late-May 2019, peaked at #15 on the JazzWeek Charts and landed at #79 for JazzWeek’s Top 100 records of 2019. Her second record is Clarity, released in June 2020, which features Steven Feifke (piano), Joe Martin (bass), and Rudy Royston (drums). 

    She is currently on faculty for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Youth Programs, and represents the organization as a Clinician and Educator for various schools, festivals, and workshops. 

    Alexa holds a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from The Juilliard School and Bachelor’s degrees in Jazz Saxophone Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. 

    She is Founder and Director of the Rockport Jazz Workshop in Rockport, Massachusetts and Co-Founder of A Step Ahead Jazz virtual workshop with pianist Steven Feifke. 

    Alexa Tarantino is a Vandoren Artist and Yamaha Performing Artist.

    In this episode, we talked about:



    * Her solfege project, So You Think You Can Solfege 

    * Her musical background, and the connection with Music Learning Theory

    * Working with baritone saxophonist, Lauren Sevian

    * How she developed her own voice

    * Being a musician during the pandemic

    * Her studio set-up

    * Her musical influences

    * Future of improvised music post-covid

    * and more



    Alexa’s Links:

    Website: https://alexatarantino.com/

    Facebook: https://facebook.com/alexatarantinomusic 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexatarantino/ 

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/alexatarantino 

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/tarantino_alexa 

    So You Think You Can Solfege:  Anthropology episode with Chad Lefkowicz-Brown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl8mBYpbA6s 

     

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Lisaborg88 ,

Alexa Tarantino

Donna—thanks for a terrific conversation with Alexa Tarantino, clearly a sensitive and astute person. It is a testament to our music education system that Alexa can trace her solid foundational skills back to her General Music classes. I plan to forward her solfege videos along with a link to your podcast to my music teacher friends! Amazing!

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Kim Cypher

Donna,

I absolutely loved this episode with Kim Cypher. She is an amazing player as I listen to her most recent album.

Her answers to your questions were very good. I love that she didn’t get a music WD degree and went the teacher Ed route initially instead. She then taught music at school again without a music degree. This meant she taught herself the majority of what she knows today. I respect this much more than the traditional oath of music performance degree to doctorate path that so many players are on now in school. She learned the business the hard way and no doubt this has made her a better musician.

Love the podcast Donna keep up the great work.

Nebraska Sax ,

A must-listen for saxophone players.

Great way to stay connected to the saxophone playing community. I always look forward to the next episode.

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