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Paul Nedzela gives masterclass on the baritone saxophone

Paul Nedzela is the baritone saxophonist with Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. On Wednesday April 29th at 4pm (Eastern) he will be giving an online masterclass. I’d highly recommend watching it!

Here’s the description from the Facebook event:
“Paul Nedzela guides you through the family tree of baritone saxophonists, highlighting some of the instrument’s most influential players, and playing examples of their work!

Join us through our Zoom link or on Jazz Academy’s Facebook page on April 29 at 4 pm EST.”

UPDATE: Paul did a great job! I’m hoping that Lincoln Center archives the presentation. If so, I’ll be sure to link to it on the site. – Andrew

Transcriptions are rolling in!

With everyone stuck at home the transcriptions are coming in regularly. This is great news for everyone else stuck at home looking for new solos to read down!

We have a new Leo Parker solo on TCTB, as well as new Gary Smulyan solo on “Jahbero” from his album Hidden Treasures – A contra-fact on the changes to “All The Things You Are”. And another Smulyan solo with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, on the tune “Dameron”, a contra-fact using the chord changes from “Giant Steps”. Thank you Leon Williams!

From Orlando Cialli we received the complete set of solos from Gerry Mulligan on his “What Is There To Say?” album. That’s a lot of work! Its a great album so check it out.

Head over to the transcription page to grab a download of these!
We are well over 100 transcriptions and approaching 300,000 downloads! Thank you everyone!

Andrew Hadro
Curator, JazzBariSax.com

Diving Deep Into US Saxophone Patent Images

With some extra time on my hands lately, I’ve had time to trove through Google’s repository of scanned and cataloged patents. A few hours yielded over 70 patents that I saved because they are interesting, bizarre, or patents of mechanisms that would become universal. I wanted to share *some* of the things I found, please see the gallery below and checkout the captions for details. All of these patents are from before 1943 and are publicly available if you want to find out more about them. Enjoy!
-Andrew Hadro | Curator, JazzBariSax.com

If you enjoyed these images, maybe you’d like a free Desktop wallpaper collage of these? Well here it is.
Click here to open in a separate window for saving.
Or click here for the dark version.

Want a carbon fiber sax stand?

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We’ve done a full review on the Woodwind Design Carbon Fiber Instrument stands. They are the most portable and lightest stands available for baritone saxophone – 2nd place isn’t even close. I personally have been using them for several years every day and on every gig.

We’re looking to put together a bulk order to take advantage of the bulk discount offered. If you would like to be involved please email info@jazzbarisax.com with what you would potentially like to purchase.

All products can be found on their site. Final pricing will be cheaper than listed on the site, though the final discount amount is yet to be determined:
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Lots of new Transcriptions!

We’ve had a number of transcription submissions in the last couple weeks!

Matthew Karnstedt has sent us a new Gerry Mulligan Transcription from a solo on ‘Take The A Train’ and another Pepper Adams solo on ‘Alone Together’. Fans of Pepper should note that we now have two different solos transcribed from him on Alone Together, comparing the two could be very interesting! Thank you Matthew!

The next set of transcriptions come to us from Evan Smith. In addition to a new Serge Chaloff transcription on ‘All The Things You Are’, I’m very glad to say that we now have not one, but three Pat Patrick solo transcriptions!

Pat Patrick was a great baritonist, best known for his amazing work with Sun Ra, but also an accomplished straight ahead player. Interestingly Pat Patrick is the father of Deval Patrick the former Govorner of Massachusets and presidential candidate. Deval donated Harry Carney’s last horn to the Berklee School of Music, presumably through his father – read more about that story here.

Other wise, head on over to the transcription repository and check these new solos out!

Gary Smulyan & Frank Basile Quintet shows available for stream!

A few weeks ago at Smalls club in the West Village of New York City, I had the extreme pleasure or watching two sets that featured some of the best baritone playing around. Gary Smulyan & Frank Basile are two incredible baritone saxophonists that are directly connected to the Pepper Adams lineage.

Everyone can now watch both evenings (4 sets total) on the online streaming archive from Smalls – called SmallLive. You’ll need to sign up for a membership, but $10 a month is a small price for the incredible amount of live jazz you’ll have access to. This concert alone had a $20 cover per set to see. Also, in these strange times Musicians and Clubs need all the support they can get – Smalls shares revenue from online streaming with the musicians.

Head over to the Smalls Live archive and watch these incredible sets:
https://www.smallslive.com/events/16554-frank-basile-gary-smulyan-quintet-boss-baritones/

Help musicians!

Musicians everywhere are out of work for a month or more because of the ongoing health crisis and COVID-19 outbreak. All tours, all festivals and all performances have been cancelled for weeks or possibly longer. Many of the day-jobs that musicians rely on for more reliable income have also been put on hold. 

This situation is hard on everyone but ‘working from home’ is not really as viable of an option for musicians. In a matter of days everyone with already difficult financial situations essentially became completely unemployed. So please, if you can send extra support to your favorite musicians. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Purchase their album. Don’t stream – as only cents are delivered to the artist from streaming. If possible purchase directly from the artist or through artist friendly sites like bandcamp.com
  • Purchase their Merch. Musicians often have things for sale other than albums, books, etudes, sheet music, shirts etc. Again purchasing direct is best
  • Take an online lesson! Pretty much every working musician has opened up their online teaching studio. If there was any musician you wanted to have a lesson with, now is the time! If there’s anyone on this site you’d like to connect with contact us and we’ll be happy to put you in touch.
  • Many musicians and bands are doing live stream performances or masterclasses. Consider watching, they are either free (donation suggested) or low cost.
  • Consider commissioning a musician to write a song, arrangement, cover, or create a recording for you. Many musicians have home studios setup and can multi-track recordings.
  • If you are a NYC based musician, fill out this survey from the city.
  • Hire a musician! If you have work available, see if performing artists affected by everything can be hired to fill temporary positions or jobs.
  • Donate to a musician relief fund. MusicCares has set up a relief fund and others are sure to follow.
  • Donate directly to musicians if you like what they do and want to support them.
  • If you are so inclined, contact local, state, and federal political representatives and encourage them to include free-lance and performing artists in relief packages.

For all of you saxophonists at home with unexpected extra alone time, check out our videos page and transcription repository.

Stay healthy everyone.

Andrew Hadro
Curator, JazzBariSax.com

Yamaha releases new intermediate baritone

Yamaha has released their new YBS-480. This will eventually replace the already popular YBS-52 intermediate baritone saxophone. The neck and bore have been altered, supposedly to closer match the professional model YBS-62 and there is a socket for a removable peg on the bottom.

Since this model will most likely be used by students and often younger students the option to rest the horn on a peg will be a welcome addition.

I had a chance to try this new horn in New Orleans in January at the Jazz Education Network conference, and I thought it was excellent. While I personally play a vintage horn I have no problem recommending a Yamaha especially to schools and students. They are tanks and can take a lot of abuse and still function very well. They are priced appropriately and are very consistent from horn to horn.

The YBS-52 is a big staple across the world in classrooms and hands of students so the improvements this horn will bring are going to make a big difference to baritone players all over. Kudos to Yamaha! Any attention to the big horn is much appreciated.

Click here to read the full news item on Yamaha’s website.

New Ronnie Cuber Transcription – Bye Bye Blackbird

Thanks to Andrea Iurianello, we have a new Ronnie Cuber Transcription in the repository. This solo is on the classic standard, “Bye Bye Blackbird”. Very nice solo with a somewhat relaxed vibe from Ronnie playing with a great band.

Below you can check out a video of the transcription author playing the solo, or head on over to the Transcription Page to download a copy for yourself.