Transcription: TSgt Tedd Baker’s Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Lately’ by Stevie Wonder, as performed by the Airmen of Note off their album iTempo Latino.

Check out TSgt Tedd Baker's tenor saxophone solo on "Lately" by Stevie Wonder as recorded by the Airmen of Note on their album iTempo Latino. I was very lucky to hear the Airmen of Note featuring Peter Erskine at the I.A.J.E. Conference in Long Beach, California in January 2005 and was totally blown away by the band. I bought their CD after the performance and just fell in love with Ted's solo on this tune, arranged as a Bossa Nova by Chuck Loeb. Firstly, Tedd's solo is really melodic. I love his rhythmic approach; for example the rhythmic anticipations he utilises in the opening line of the solo, his use…
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Tackle These 10 Things When Starting Jazz

I began my formal musical education as a classical clarinettist and pianist at junior school. I added the saxophone to my arsenal at high school because I wanted to join the big band which played at our Friday assemblies and sounded so fresh and exciting. After I matriculated, I went on to university to study classical clarinet and later changed my course to major in jazz studies on saxophone. Knowing what I know now (several years later), I believe that one should tackle these ten things head-on when starting jazz, in order to give yourself a fighting chance at being a respectable jazz musician. I would like to note, that…
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Transcription: TSgt Tedd Baker’s Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Lately’ by Stevie Wonder, as performed by the Airmen of Note off their album iTempo Latino.

Check out TSgt Tedd Baker's tenor saxophone solo on "Lately" by Stevie Wonder as recorded by the Airmen of Note on their album iTempo Latino. I was very lucky to hear the Airmen of Note featuring Peter Erskine at the I.A.J.E. Conference in Long Beach, California in January 2005 and was totally blown away by the band. I bought their CD after the performance and just fell in love with Ted's solo on this tune, arranged as a Bossa Nova by Chuck Loeb. Firstly, Tedd's solo is really melodic. I love his rhythmic approach; for example the rhythmic anticipations he utilises in the opening line of the solo, his use…
Read More

Tackle These 10 Things When Starting Jazz

I began my formal musical education as a classical clarinettist and pianist at junior school. I added the saxophone to my arsenal at high school because I wanted to join the big band which played at our Friday assemblies and sounded so fresh and exciting. After I matriculated, I went on to university to study classical clarinet and later changed my course to major in jazz studies on saxophone. Knowing what I know now (several years later), I believe that one should tackle these ten things head-on when starting jazz, in order to give yourself a fighting chance at being a respectable jazz musician. I would like to note, that…
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