Our thanks go out to Masahiro Totsuka for a new transcription this week. This time we have a new transcription from the young dance-baritone player phenom, Leo P (not to be confused with Leo Parker, the 1940’s R&B/Blues baritonist.) The solo is on the classic pop song “My Girl” from the album NYC from the band Lucky Chops. Head on over to the transcription page to check it out!
Leo P is often seen busking in the NYC Subways and has been gaining popularity with the band Too Many Zoos, which you can check out here.
In addition to the job opening with the NDR big band that we recently posted, the U.S. Army Blues jazz ensemble has a job opening for a baritone saxophonist.
It looks to have a pretty decent starting salary, and great benefits. The band is an excellent one and will probably be a great job for those who fit the requirements. For more information check out their website:
The application deadline is April 23rd. Good luck to everyone!
Full disclosure, in addition to being the curator of JazzBariSax.com I (Andrew Hadro) am also a product specialist for Vandoren. I’ve had a chance to try out the V16 reeds for a while now and I think they are going to be very popular. Here’s what I recently wrote about them:
“V16 reeds are mainstays among alto, tenor and soprano saxophonists and now the V16 reeds have arrived for baritone. Players can expect the same powerful tone with an exceptional edge especially in the lower register that will really appeal to baritone saxophonists. Whether its supporting a big band, playing in a funk section, or being a soloist, these reeds will give you the sound you need to be heard.“
NYC based twin-brothers, and saxophonists Will And Peter Anderson have created a Kickstarter project in their efforts to produce a tribute album to the late baritone saxophonist, Joe Temperley. They are also endeavoring to set up a scholarship in his name at the Juilliard School where Mr. Temperley taught for many years. Check out the video below, and CLICK HERE to check out the project on Kickstarter.
Baritone Saxophonist, Brian Landrus is in the middle of producing a new album. It will be a concerto for the baritone saxophone, featuring a complete orchestra (in the classical sense, not the colloquial term for a big-band). Brian is an adventurous musician, writer and a great player – and this album will feature him playing in an orchestral setting with a vast number of genres blended and utilized. You can join his project at ArtistShare and follow along with the progress of the project and receive the final recording when its done. I’m really looking forward to hearing the end result and have another piece of repertoire for baritone saxophone. Click here to see Brian’s project.
Ralph Miriello has written and posted an excellent article at huffingtonpost.com about the baritone saxophone, some of its practitioners and its history. They also have put together a list of 25 outstanding performances from a range of baritonists, with videos or sound samples included for each.
Head on over and check it out for yourself!
The NDR big band is a long-standing fantastic big band that works with many of the world’s best jazz soloists. Based in Northern Germany but touring around the world, it is made up of some of the best players.
They recently announced they are searching for a permanent baritone saxophonist to play in the band. Doubling on Bass Clarinet is required.
The deadline for the application is April 30th, 2017!
More info here:
Baritonist Danny Harrington recently posted a beautiful rendition of a classic ballad. Take a listen!
Hamiet Bluiett is one of the most original baritone saxophonists in the history of the instrument. He’s been a part of many famous musical movements and groups. In the last few years he has begun to struggle with his health, and has recently been hospitalized but is recovering. His family has put together an online fund-raiser to help cover the funds needed for his care especially now that he can no longer work to support himself. Please take a moment and if you’ve appreciated his contribution to music, see if you can help support him. All the details are on the GoFundMe page started by Anaya Bluiett: