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Each episode, your Host 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!

Everything Saxophone Podcast Everything Saxophone Podcast, Donna Schwartz

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    • 4.8 • 58 Ratings

Each episode, your Host 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!

    Claude Lakey Saxophone Mouthpieces; NAMM Show 2024

    Claude Lakey Saxophone Mouthpieces; NAMM Show 2024

    In this episode, I had the pleasure of meeting Steve Teeters and Tyler Rogers of Claude Lakey Woodwinds at the NAMM Show 2024 to discuss their amazing saxophone mouthpieces.
    For over fifty years, Claude Lakey's enduring legacy has thrived within the company he established, evolving from its modest inception in a corner of a music shop in 1962 to its esteemed stature today. Today, as a family-owned enterprise, the company continues Lakey's tradition, offering premium, American-made mouthpieces, compass ligatures, and music accessories of exceptional quality.
    Claude Lakey Mouthpieces has a tradition of responding to their customers' needs to give musicians complete diversity in the genre to suit any gig they might play.
    Claude Lakey mouthpieces come bundled with Rovner Products ligatures.
    We talked about:
    🎷 The History of Claude Lakey Mouthpieces
    🎷 How Banda Music influenced Lakey Mouthpieces to create a new Clarinet mouthpiece
    🎷 Apollo, Ebony, and Rhodium models
    You can catch their Bio, and the link to their website on our site.
    This episode was proudly sponsored by Rovner Products, creators of fine ligatures for saxophone and clarinet for almost 50 years.
    If you perform in Rock, Blues, Marching Band, Military ensembles, and are tired of getting drowned out by all the other instruments, you need to try Rovner's latest offering, the LGX Ligature. Pure power without losing the quality of your tone. Just go to www.rovnerproducts.com for more info and to purchase.
    Support the show and get early access to all NAMM Show 2024 episodes! Plus Bonus episodes and searchable transcripts.
    Go to www.patreon.com/everythingsaxophone for details

    • 17 min
    The New Screw-less Saxophones by Victory Musical Instruments; NAMM Show 2024

    The New Screw-less Saxophones by Victory Musical Instruments; NAMM Show 2024

    Victory Musical Instruments remains the top choice for musicians and dealers worldwide due to its commitment to excellence. Offering exceptional sound quality, precise intonation, and improved mechanisms, Victory Instruments are designed with musicians' needs in mind. These wind instruments, prized by musicians globally, stand out for their superb craftsmanship and unique design.
    Driven by a passion for music and a commitment to excellence, Victory Musical Instruments strives to deliver instruments that exceed expectations. Whether you're a seasoned musician or a discerning dealer, Victory Instruments promises a superior musical experience through superb quality, innovative design, and a dedication to customer satisfaction.
    In this episode, I spoke with Melvin Quinones, the founder and President of Victory Musical Instruments, about their amazing products, including the new screw-less saxophones showcased at the NAMM Show 2024.
    We talked about:
    🎷 The revolutionary new saxophone design that will change the industry
    🎷 Close-up of revelation series horn
    🎷 New Low C# key guard
    You can catch their Bio, and the link to their website on our site.
    This episode was proudly sponsored by Rovner Products, creators of fine ligatures for saxophone and clarinet for almost 50 years.
    If you perform in Rock, Blues, Marching Band, Military ensembles, and are tired of getting drowned out by all the other instruments, you need to try Rovner’s latest offering, the LGX Ligature. Pure power without losing the quality of your tone. Just go to www.rovnerproducts.com for more info and to purchase.
    You are never too late to support the show! Unlock the benefits of becoming a Patron, gaining early access to all NAMM Show 2024 episodes. Plus Everything Saxophone Podcast videos, searchable transcripts, and an array of bonus content not available anywhere else.
    If you want access to those videos, sign up now by clicking HERE.

    • 12 min
    New JJ Babbitt Saxophone Mouthpieces; NAMM Show 2024

    New JJ Babbitt Saxophone Mouthpieces; NAMM Show 2024

    Established in 1919 by Jesse James Babbitt, the JJ Babbitt Company, Inc. is the industry's oldest mouthpiece manufacturer for clarinets and saxophones. Still family-owned, it's now led by Steve and Debbie Rorie and remains rooted in Elkhart, Indiana.
    Based in Elkhart, Indiana, formerly hailed as "The Band Instrument Capital of the World," the JJ Babbitt Company has crafted millions of mouthpieces over its century-plus history. It holds the title of the world's leading producer of woodwind mouthpieces for students, intermediate players, and professionals alike.
    Renowned globally for their craftsmanship, performance, and value, Babbitt products are highly esteemed. Sold solely through music dealers and distributors, mouthpiece variations bear brand names such as Otto Link, Meyer, Meyer Bros, Premiere by Hite, and J&D Hite. Additionally, the company offers custom models and private labeling services, catering to individuals seeking to develop and market their own mouthpiece lines.
    In this episode, we talked about:
    🎷 History of the Otto Link mouthpieces
    🎷 LA mouthpiece
    🎷 Tone Master 
    🎷 Florida model
    You can catch their Bio, and the link to their website on our site.
    This episode was proudly sponsored by Rovner Products, creators of fine ligatures for saxophone and clarinet for almost 50 years.
    If you perform in Rock, Blues, Marching Band, Military ensembles, and are tired of getting drowned out by all the other instruments, you need to try Rovner's latest offering, the LGX Ligature. Pure power without losing the quality of your tone. Just go to www.rovnerproducts.com for more info and to purchase.
    Level up your sax experience!
    Unlock the benefits of becoming a Patron, gaining early access to all all NAMM Show 2024 episodes. Plus Everything Saxophone Podcast videos, searchable transcripts, and an array of bonus content unavailable anywhere else.
    Head on over to our Patreon Site and support the show.

    • 17 min
    New Silverstein Works Saxophone Mouthpieces and Reeds; NAMM Show 2024

    New Silverstein Works Saxophone Mouthpieces and Reeds; NAMM Show 2024

    Silverstein Works is an accessories company committed to excellence in the realm of music. 
    They specialize in researching and developing premium-quality products, aiming to set the highest standard in performance and usability for musicians.
    During this year's NAMM Show, I had the opportunity to speak with Calvin Son, President and Director of Artist Relationships at Silverstein Works, about their new Saxophone Mouthpieces and Reeds, which I am very excited to showcase.
    In this episode, we talked about:
    🎷 Silverstein ligatures - Hexa
    🎷 Leo Alto Sax mouthpiece
    🎷 Leo Tenor Sax mouthpiece
    🎷 Ambipoly Jazz Reed
    🎷 Ambipoly Classic Reed
    🎷 and much more!
    "The Ambipoly Reeds actually absorb moisture, allowing the reed to have a cane-like sound"
    - Calvin Son
    You can catch their Bio, and the link to their website.
    This episode was proudly sponsored by Rovner Products, creators of fine ligatures for saxophone and clarinet for almost 50 years.
    If you perform in Rock, Blues, Marching Band, Military ensembles, and are tired of getting drowned out by all the other instruments, you need to try Rovner’s latest offering, the LGX Ligature. Pure power without losing the quality of your tone. Just go to www.rovnerproducts.com for more info and to purchase.
    You are never too late to support the show! Unlock the benefits of becoming a Patron, gaining early access to all NAMM Show 2024 episodes. Plus Everything Saxophone Podcast videos, searchable transcripts, and an array of bonus content not available anywhere else.
    If you want access to those videos, sign up now by clicking HERE.

    • 19 min
    Sharel Cassity & Mentorship Through Jazz Up; NAMM Show 2024

    Sharel Cassity & Mentorship Through Jazz Up; NAMM Show 2024

    Saxophonist, flutist, and educator Sharel Cassity is a standout in New York and Chicago jazz circles. Named the 2023 "Rising Star Alto Saxophone" and featured on Downbeat Magazine's cover, she's graced TV shows like Today, Good Morning America, and The Colbert Show. Honored in the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Sharel's also received the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award.
    Sharel's collaborated with Grammy winners like Jennifer Hudson, Natalie Merchant, and Aretha Franklin, plus artists like Vanessa Williams and Ruben Blades. In jazz, she's shared the stage with legends like Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis, and even performed with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. As a bandleader, her albums have earned rave reviews from top publications and led to exciting collaborations like Altoizm, Precarious Towers, and her upcoming project, Alliance.
    Cassity is passionate about jazz education, founding the non-profit program "Jazz Up!" to bring live jazz experiences to suburban students unable to access them otherwise. As a jazz professor at DePaul University and Elgin Community College in Chicago, she's dedicated to nurturing the next generation of musicians. Keep an eye out for their upcoming event, the Summer Combo Intensive, scheduled for June 17-22, 2024!
    Sharel proudly represents Yamaha and Vandoren as a Performing Artist, exclusively utilizing Yamaha instruments and Vandoren equipment. Additionally, she joins in celebrating Vandoren's 20-year anniversary.
    Her latest album, "ALLIANCE," released on Shifting Paradigm Records on March 15, is now available on all platforms!
    You can catch her Bio, and the link to their website on our site.
    In this episode, we talked about:
    The special reason Sharel attended NAMM this year Angry Birds...(watch to see what I mean 😉 ) Sharel's tips to help improvisers feel confident to take solos Cassity's new album, Alliance, featuring an all-women quartet Jazz Up Institute Summer Camp & how it mentors students to survvive in the real world Some of my favorite artists and mentors were the best teachers"
    - Sharel Cassity
    his episode was proudly sponsored by Rovner Products, creators of fine ligatures for saxophone and clarinet for almost 50 years.
    If you perform in Rock, Blues, Marching Band, Military ensembles, and are tired of getting drowned out by all the other instruments, you need to try Rovner’s latest offering, the LGX Ligature. Pure power without losing the quality of your tone. Just go to www.rovnerproducts.com for more info and to purchase.
    You are never too late to support the show! Unlock the benefits of becoming a Patron, gaining early access to all NAMM Show 2024 episodes. Plus Everything Saxophone Podcast videos, searchable transcripts, and an array of bonus content not available anywhere else.
    If you want access to those videos, sign up now by clicking HERE.
     

    • 17 min
    Saxophonist Rick Margitza; Embracing Readiness Unveils a New Universe

    Saxophonist Rick Margitza; Embracing Readiness Unveils a New Universe

    Born in Detroit, Rick Margitza's musical journey began with classical saxophone training under Donald Sinta at the University of Michigan. He also studied jazz with notable mentors like Sonny Stitt and Michael Brecker. Graduating from Loyola University in New Orleans, Margitza's musical style was deeply influenced by the city's rich cultural tapestry.
    Relocating to New York in 1989 marked a significant chapter in Margitza's career. Collaborating with legends like McCoy Tyner and Miles Davis, he showcased his versatility in renowned venues worldwide. His move from New Orleans to New York broadened his musical horizons and propelled him into the heart of the jazz scene.
    Margitza's artistic evolution is reflected in his ten albums as a bandleader, showcasing his prowess as both saxophonist and composer. His compositions span diverse genres, from intimate ballads to dynamic ensemble pieces, demonstrating a rich array of influences. Beyond solo work, Margitza's orchestral compositions highlight his expansive musical palette.
    Since 2003, Paris has been Margitza's home, where he continues to innovate in jazz expression. Deeply connected to his Eastern European Gypsy heritage, he explores new musical territories with the band Gypsy Tenors. Recent releases like "Cheap Thrills" and "Sacred Hearts" underscore his commitment to artistic exploration. Alongside performing, Margitza shares his insights in jazz education, inspiring students worldwide.
    Rick’s new book, 365 Days of Practice is the result of a project in which he posted an idea online every day during the year 2020.
    The exercises cover a broad spectrum of musical ideas that range from basic bebop language to its transformation into contemporary jazz.
    The link to his full biography, along with more Resources for this episode, is on our website.
    In this episode, we talked about:
    Ricks's musical background How technology affects the way we learn music 2 most important scales you need to know Meeting Miles Davis The importance of subdivisions Inspiration for the book And much more! Did you know you can get a complete listing of all our shows, as well as Bonus videos and searchable transcripts? All you need to do is become a Patron!
    Patrons play a huge role in helping to defray the costs of storing each episode’s video and audio, and producing and hosting the show.
    And, with their small monthly donation of $2 or more, they help keep the great interviews coming.
    If you want to become a patron and support the show, head on over to our Patreon site.
     
     

    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

LatterDaySaxophone ,

Max Ionata is awesome!

Thank you for your email interview podcast with Max Ionata. I was unfamiliar with his music until I listened to this podcast. I love his playing!! I have been listening to his album “Like” on repeat since I listened to the podcast. I am going to listen to his first interview now. Thank you for introducing me to his great music. I really enjoy your podcast - 10 out of 5 stars!! :-)

Zed_55 ,

Very interesting and a well informed host.

Who knew we needed another saxophone podcast?
Donna is a great host who is very well informed and hip for someone who is young, well informed, smart, and passionate. Her interview with Demsey regarding the Michael Brecker Notebook publication was fascinating, even in audio. I’m looking forward to watching the video version, next.

YYZ1313 ,

Love it!

This is the best podcast for those of us who love the saxophone. I anxiously await each week’s episode. Great mix of guests and topics.

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