Category Archives: Music Instruments

My Conn Mezzo Soprano Sax in F

“Don’t play the saxophone. Let it play you.” ~ Charlie Parker It was the mid-naughts and I was flush with money. Those were the days. I purchased a one of a kind Eppelsheim bass sax and a Conn F mezzo … Continue reading

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Jim Schmidt’s Linear Fingering System for Sax

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut Jim Schmidt, inventor, musician, and part mad scientist has been working on a very unique sax fingering system that takes linear … Continue reading

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Birdland Big Band on Section (Ensemble) Playing

The Rico Reed folks recently shared some time with the sax section from the Birdland Big Band. The conversation was so good I wanted to capture some of it here for future reference. Bret Pimentel · Assistant Professor of Woodwinds … Continue reading

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The Sax Garage Band Experience

I invited some of my friends to a sax quartet/quintet reading session. We ended up with six players counting my wife Suzy and me. I have so many charts I haven’t heard so there was plenty of music. Many of … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Mazzeo “System” Explained

Here’s another fine post wherein from my friend Terry Stibal waxes poetic about a very unique clarinet system. He is a professional musician and band manager with his latest band, the Sounds of the South Dance Orchestra. This was first … Continue reading

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Ukulele Phenom: Jake Shimabukuro

At work last Wednesday, I work at Amazon, a coworker and I wandered over to the main campus to hear Jake Shimabukuro. Let’s call her Julie, suggested that we get there early which turned out to be a very good … Continue reading

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A Trip to the MIM ~ Redux

A friend of mine waxes poetic on theSax.Info blog about a trip he took to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ.  You can check out his original post on The Woodwind Forum. He has many, many pictures for your … Continue reading

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This Community Band Is Up to the Challenge

It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing. Such a little thing. ~ Boromir, about the ring in Lord of the Rings. When the Woodinville Community Band director Leah … Continue reading

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Killer Sax Section

This is one of my favorite sax sections to date. The Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra played at the Hyatt Grand Ballroom in Bellevue for 3000+ Microsoft MVPs from all over the world. This section is tight and really swings. I’m … Continue reading

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New Year Projects 2012 ~ Milk Hill Crop Circles

Viewing one of the Milk Hill crop circles I muse, what will be your big project this year? This photo is from a blogger I follow (but who has not been active for a number of years) called “The Serpent”. … Continue reading

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