We are saddened to learn that baritone (and lately tenor) saxophonist great Charles Davis passed away on July 15th 2016.
Baritone Saxophonist, Tim Stocker (currently residing in Singapore) has a new website and a new lesson series he is just starting up on YouTube. He includes some great daily exercises and tips for the baritone. Check out the first video below!
Eden Bareket has released a new album titled “Choice”. It features his trio (baritone, drums, bass) on the Fresh Sound label. Its full of original music and is a great listen. A bit about Eden:
“Although a relative newcomer to New York’s scene, the Argentina-born Israeli baritone saxophonist Eden Bareket quickly gained notice and esteem as an in-demand Sideman. Indeed Bareket’s collaborative projects show an eclectic streak, as is horn playing ranges from modern classic Eyal Vilner Big-Band, to the adventurous Ari Hoenig Nonet, to even the Ethiopian jazz inspired grooves of Anbessa Orchestra. As his star has continued to rise, Bareket has also woven these disparate musical strands together in his own leader project , a trio featuring bassist Or Bareket and drummer Felix Lecaros. This notably minimalist and unfussy instrumentation is utilized to the group’s advantage as the trio unveils a set of sparsely funky, often dark-hued to grooves, all while stretching out their positions into very open territory.” – Hot House Jazz Guide
A mentor, educator, performer, great human being, and master of the baritone saxophone.
His unique sound on the baritone saxophone and bass clarinet was heard with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra since its inceptions. Mr. Temperley also has numerous albums. Please take some time to watch the tribute JALC performed last year to him.
Instrument stand companies often neglect the baritone saxophone, but there is some good news.
A woodwind accessory designer in the Netherlands has developed a new incredibly light weight and promising stand for the baritone saxophone – both for low A and low Bb models! The wait time is currently 4 months and the price is a hefty 250 EURO, but it looks promising. And considering the cost of carbon fiber raw material, the cost may be justified. We’ve ordered one and hope to do a full review and demonstration when it arrives!
Check out the site here:
And part 2!
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From the April 2016 VandoJam at the Zinc bar in NYC! Happy 60th Birthday to Gary Smulyan!
On Monday April 4th at the Zinc bar in NYC Gary Smulyan will be hosting a Baritone Blow Out as part of the VandoJam – a monthly jam session sponsored by Vandoren. There will a number of special guest baritone saxophonists, and its going to be a great night of rumbling jazz. No cover, no minimum either! We hope to see you there!
Alden Banta is a fantastic baritone saxophonist and doubler (many times over) in the New York City area. He plays just about all of the woodwinds and can often be seen inhabiting the pit at a Broadway musical, or holding down the baritone chair in some of the city’s finest big bands. On top of all that he is busy with another new little project – his Banta Box.
I recently ordered one of his Banta Boxes from him. These are small open-topped wood boxes that very securely clip onto a music stand (see the pictures below). They are perfect for keeping all of the little accessories that often float about a music stand in a convenient location – reeds, caps, phones, pencils, metronomes, tuners, headphones, …beverages? If you suffer from WMS (Wandering Metronome Syndrome) like I do, then this accessory will really help.
After living with and using the Banta Box for a couple weeks now I am thrilled with it. It keeps the music stand clear of everything that would normally be constantly falling off or blocking the music and keeps me focused on the task at hand. The construction is quite sturdy, yet the whole thing is very light. While its a little large to travel with to every gig, for an at home music stand or perhaps longer engagement (especially one that involves doubles) its a valuable tool. The felt on the bottom of the inside is an especially nice touch as it prevents any noise and clanking when dropping things in,
They are individually signed and numbered, and built to order by Alden himself. He offers two sizes 6×12 and 6×15, and you can even pick the color of the felt.
If you’re interested in one contact Alden – abanta71 @ gmail.com
– Andrew Hadro