Bach and the Intervallic Sequences of Paul Desmond Part 3

I thought I would break from the format a bit this week for the last installment of this Paul Desmond series, and give you a complete two chorus transcription of Paul’s brilliant playing on “Wintersong” from 1957’s Blues in Time, with Gerry Mulligan. I won’t break this down today, as the transcription ate up my blogging […]

Bach Shapes Press Release

Below is the press release for my new book, Bach Shapes, out May 25.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   ​​ BACH SHAPES, A NEW SAXOPHONE BOOK THAT COMBINES BAROQUE MELODIES WITH A JAZZ APPROACH, RELEASES MAY 25. May 12, 2017 New York, NY – Bach Shapes, a new method book for saxophone that utilizes baroque melodies for […]

Counterpoint and Jazz

I’ve been thinking a lot about counterpoint and its application in jazz lately. In fact I’ve become obsessed with how some of the classic arrangers and players thought about counterpoint and used it in their music. Obviously the concept is not new and it has informed a large part of my musical taste over the […]