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In part one (1 of 2) of this jazz saxophone masterclass, legendary saxophonist and educator George Garzone explores what he feels is most important about being a professional musician. George discusses sound, time, feel, articulation, professionalism and more. This masterclass series focuses on conceptual advice from a very wise man with a ton of world-class experience, and contains less emphasis on harmonic examples. NOTE: You can purchase both videos in this series at a discount here!
Topics Covered: Saxophone, Jazz, Sound, Mouthpiece, Time, Time Feel, Improvisation, Long Tones, Articulation, Tonguing, Being Professional, Being Melodic, Restraint, Practicing, Zen, Even 8th Notes, Metronome, Gig Advice, Feel, Playing Against the Changes, Playing Against the Time, Intervallic Playing, The Downbeat, Subdivisions, Etc.
Saxophonist George Garzone is a member of The Fringe, a jazz trio founded in 1972 that includes bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti, that performs regularly in the Boston area and has toured Portugal. The group has released three albums. A veteran jazzman, Garzone has appeared on over 20 recordings. He began on the tenor when he was six, played in a family band and attended music school in Boston. In addition Garzone has guested in many situations, touring Europe with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and performing with Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, Rachel Z and John Patitucci among others.
Garzone is well-known as a sought-after jazz educator, currently teaching at the Berklee College of Music. He has also previously taught at New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, New York University, Manhattan School of Music, Northeastern University and the New School University. He has pioneered the triadic chromatic approach and students of his have included Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, Teadross Avery, Luciana Souza, Mark Turner, Donny McCaslin, Doug Yates and Danilo Perez, to name a few.
In 1995 he recorded a fine tribute to Stan Getz on NYC called Alone; Four’s and Two’s followed a year later with compatriot Joe Lovano which earned him four stars in Downbeat magazine, and in 1999 Garzone returned with Moodiology. Fringe in New York was released in summer 2000. He is a member of the Grammy-winning Joe Lovano Nonet, and performed and recorded with this group at the Village Vanguard in September 2002. George is endorsed by Rico Reeds, JodyJazz mouthpieces and R. S. Berkeley musical instruments.