FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
CAN I BUY SHEET MUSIC?
I offer nearly all of my compositions in PDF form for $10 each. You can purchase them in my Chart Shop.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TEACHING MATERIALS ONLINE?
You can find my comprehensive online Masterclass Series here.
WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT SAXOPHONE SETUP?
I currently play a Selmer Super Balanced Action from 1952, with a serial range of 48, XXX. I visited the Selmer company in Paris and they have a book with each saxophone’s “birthday” written in it. Specifically, mine was born on June 20th, 1952.
My mouthpiece is an Otto Link Reso Chamber with a 7* opening and brass ring. I use a simple old Selmer brass ligature and D'Addario Woodwinds Select Jazz Filed 3M reeds.
WHAT WAS YOUR MUSICAL UPBRINGING AND HOW DID IT INFLUENCE YOUR DEVELOPMENT?
I was raised in a musical family. My mother was an opera singer for nearly 25 years, my great aunt went to Julliard on piano and my grandmother played flute under Toscanini in a youth orchestra.
Growing up, I mostly listened to symphonic music I found in the house, hip-hop on the radio and jazz records that my neighbor gave me. I played saxophone in the Wind Ensemble and Marching Band, and eventually bassoon in the Orchestra. Essentially I began as a classical musician, and wasn’t really introduced to jazz in an official capacity until going to the Eastman School of Music.
Even though I ended up primarily in the world of jazz, this “classical upbringing” I initially experienced set a certain direction and tone for me. To this day, it remains an important part of how I play and envision music, affecting everything from practicing approach and technique to sound production and composing.