San Diego Saxophone Lessons

San Diego Saxophone Lessons
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Monday, August 3, 2015

Francis Parker Jazz Workshop week two

I had a great time (along with my teaching-partner pianist Danny Green) working with the kids during the High School week of the 2015 Francis Parker Jazz Workshop. In our group we covered tunes by Brad Mehldau, Dexter Gordon, and trumpeter Joe Gordon.

Here are a few pictures from throughout the week:



 Bassist Rob Thorsen before clinic performance

Quiz time



Vocal coach Leonard Patton in action





Richard Sellers during clinic performance





Jazz vocal ensemble performing for the workshop

 Final concert on the big stage at House of Blues, downtown San Diego













I'm looking forward to next year! If you are a student interested in signing up, please check the Francis Parker School website.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Jazz Workshop week one concert

We had a great time last week with the kids at the Francis Parker School/House of Blues/Jazz 88.3 Summer Jazz Workshop. It was middle school week and some of the students are just starting 5th grade in the fall. One saxophonist was 10!

At the end of the week all the kids get to perform on the big stage at the House of Blues in downtown SD. They run the entire show themselves, including counting off tunes, announcing the band, etc. Pretty impressive for 10-13 year olds.  Songs included Unit 7 by Sam Jones, Coltrane's Mr. PC, Ray Bryant's Chicken An' Dumplings, and more.

Here are a few pictures from the concert:










Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Francis Parker Jazz Workshop - Day 2

We've made it through two whole days of the 2015 Francis Parker Summer Jazz Workshop! It's a great group of kids this year and they are exploring a lot of new territory. So far we've gotten deep into some tunes by John Coltrane, Kenny Dorham, Cannonball Adderley and more.

The saxophones were put on the spot a pop-quiz which involved identifying classic bebop alto players. 

Tomorrow it will be out of the frying pan and into the fire when the John Coltrane Ensemble will perform a tune at the end of the day!

Here are a few pictures (and more to come):












Sunday, July 12, 2015

Saxophone fingering diagrams

I know I am a total nerd, but I'm really excited about this fingering diagram builder I found on Bret Pimentel's site:

Fingering Diagram Builder


It supports most woodwinds (including saxophone, of course) and is loaded with functionality.

Here's a high G# and a high F (double-F) fingering just for fun! Notice the fingering diagram includes all the keys on the horn.

G# (best for tenor)

F (alto or tenor)







2015 Francis Parker Jazz Workshop

The 2015 Francis Parker School/House of Blues/Jazz 88.3 Summer Jazz Workshop (whew, that's a mouthful) starts today! Good luck on the auditions.


The students will showcase their skills on Saturday morning at the House of Blues for the final concert. Stay tuned for more details!