San Diego Saxophone Lessons

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Transcription Series no. 1 - Redman -

- Transcription Series -

Inside the Artist: Joshua Redman

The best way to get inside the mind of a soloist is through transcription. Through memorization, practice, and playing along, you not only uncover the structure of the solo, but get a window into the subtleties of the phrasing, articulation, and tone of the player. By physically duplicating every nuance of the solo as accurately as possible, you are training your ear to a much higher level than by merely writing the solo down on paper.

In this regular series I'll demonstrate by playing along with various saxophonists. The first video is the head and intro to Joshua Redman's Belonging (Lopsided Lullaby). Redman is playing alto on this piece. [to see the video, go to - the video does not show up properly in RSS feeds]

If you are interested in the process, David Liebman's video The Improviser's Guide to Transcription [DVD-Caris Music Services] is highly recommended!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Colombia tour 2009

Here are some picutres from our tour of Colombia at the beginning of September. The group featured Samantha Sidley on vocals, Garth Stevenson on bass, Alex Noice on guitar, and Brian McLaughlin on drums. We did a mix of my originals and some jazz-tinged singer-songwriter material that Samantha sang on.

Now that is how you load a bass! We put on three concerts as part of the Festival International de la Cultura, which is the largest music and culture festival in the country, with over 350 concerts. We were the only American group in the festival.

Inside the 400 year old church where we had the first concert.

Practicing at the hotel.

Alex Noice, at the altar of the guitar gods?

Tour bus - viewer discretion advised!

Group shot outside the second concert. We played in Tunja, Villa De Leyva, and Tiba Sosa.


Radio killed the video star...

I'm rich! I have 20 American dollars. Look out, P-Diddy.

We were interviewed on RCN, the government owned Colombian radio station in Bogota. Security at this place was like Fort Knox.

Venue for the last show.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Playing Catch-Up IV: Back in the studio

OK - within a few months my blog posts should be back to the future. For now, pretend it's still July. On the 7/13 we were back in the studio at Spragueland in beautiful Carlsbad to finish up the tracking for the upcoming record. Jeff Denson was on the bass, Florian Weber on keys, and Brian McLaughlin on drums.

Sorry, the real camera was MIA, but here are some pictures from my phone.

Florian was live via telecast...

Florian Weber & Peter Sprague

Bassist Jeff Denson

Band foto

Brian McLaughlin

Friday, July 17, 2009

Playing Catch-Up III: in the trenches

We went into the studio in mid-June to record some originals for my new record. These shots are from the second day of the session at Signature Sound. The new quintet is myself + Jeff Denson b + Jeff Miles g + Florian Weber p + Brian McLaughlin d.

Enjoy the pics and stay tuned for more news about the CD!

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I'm the decider:

The catering:

Crazy photog. . .

pappa JD in battle:

Yes, it was very late:

Playing Catch-Up II: at Dizzy's

Here are some shots from the June 5th Dizzy's show with Joshua White's Ornette / Monk tribute. I played the little sax, Jason Robinson played the big sax, Duncan Moore on drums, Rob Thorsen on bass, and Joshua on piano. All these pics were taken by Michael Klayman; check out his great Blog, the lens and the eyebrow.

©Michael Klayman

©Michael Klayman
Joshua and J Rob

©Michael Klayman
Ian and J Rob

©Michael Klayman
Ian, J Rob, & Rob Rob

©Michael Klayman
My personal favorite shot.

©Michael Klayman
Rob Rob and Dunc

©Michael Klayman

©Michael Klayman
Between the horns . . .

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