Transcription: Sam Skelton’s Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Freudian Slip’ by Gordon Vernick off the album, Destination.

I thought I'd share a transcription I recently completed of an amazing saxophonist, Sam Skelton. I discovered this solo on a good friend of mine, Gordon Vernick's album, Destination. What really drew me to this solo is the way in which Skelton phrases and accents certain notes in his lines. In order to improve my articulation, phrasing and use of space, I decided to work out this solo and I learnt a great deal from it. The process I use when transcribing a solo is the following: I listen to the solo many times and attempt to sing along with the solo so that it is ingrained in my mind's…
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Top 10 Pubs in Cape Town (According to Sax Players!)

A crucial element for the survival and mental well-being of the modern, Southern African saxophonist - is a decent British-style pub. I got together with some saxophone-playing friends, who are known to be men of the world and experts on lager, to bring you the top 10 British-style pubs in Cape Town. To us, rugby on the telly, draught beer & live jazz are the most important criteria, however we also rate good service, a descent pub menu and a nice view/location. I was joined on this quest by Marc de Kock (In With a Shout), Justin Bellairs (Kesivan & The Lights), Evan Froud (The Load Shedders), Martin Fennell (The…
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12 Reasons Why Cape Town is a Great City in which to be a Jazz Musician

I really enjoy making my living as a jazz musician in Cape Town. Here are a few reasons why. 1. Cape Town is a small city, so if you have a car or a motorbike, getting around is very quick and easy. Sometimes musicians have between two to four gigs a day in the height of season. My personal record is seven gigs in a waking day, although not all of them were jazz gigs. 2. The market is not saturated with musicians, so I believe that finding or creating work is easier than in places like Europe, Australasia or North America. If you can play at a reasonably good…
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Transcription: Sam Skelton’s Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Freudian Slip’ by Gordon Vernick off the album, Destination.

I thought I'd share a transcription I recently completed of an amazing saxophonist, Sam Skelton. I discovered this solo on a good friend of mine, Gordon Vernick's album, Destination. What really drew me to this solo is the way in which Skelton phrases and accents certain notes in his lines. In order to improve my articulation, phrasing and use of space, I decided to work out this solo and I learnt a great deal from it. The process I use when transcribing a solo is the following: I listen to the solo many times and attempt to sing along with the solo so that it is ingrained in my mind's…
Read More

Top 10 Pubs in Cape Town (According to Sax Players!)

A crucial element for the survival and mental well-being of the modern, Southern African saxophonist - is a decent British-style pub. I got together with some saxophone-playing friends, who are known to be men of the world and experts on lager, to bring you the top 10 British-style pubs in Cape Town. To us, rugby on the telly, draught beer & live jazz are the most important criteria, however we also rate good service, a descent pub menu and a nice view/location. I was joined on this quest by Marc de Kock (In With a Shout), Justin Bellairs (Kesivan & The Lights), Evan Froud (The Load Shedders), Martin Fennell (The…
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12 Reasons Why Cape Town is a Great City in which to be a Jazz Musician

I really enjoy making my living as a jazz musician in Cape Town. Here are a few reasons why. 1. Cape Town is a small city, so if you have a car or a motorbike, getting around is very quick and easy. Sometimes musicians have between two to four gigs a day in the height of season. My personal record is seven gigs in a waking day, although not all of them were jazz gigs. 2. The market is not saturated with musicians, so I believe that finding or creating work is easier than in places like Europe, Australasia or North America. If you can play at a reasonably good…
Read More

Transcription: Sam Skelton’s Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Freudian Slip’ by Gordon Vernick off the album, Destination.

I thought I'd share a transcription I recently completed of an amazing saxophonist, Sam Skelton. I discovered this solo on a good friend of mine, Gordon Vernick's album, Destination. What really drew me to this solo is the way in which Skelton phrases and accents certain notes in his lines. In order to improve my articulation, phrasing and use of space, I decided to work out this solo and I learnt a great deal from it. The process I use when transcribing a solo is the following: I listen to the solo many times and attempt to sing along with the solo so that it is ingrained in my mind's…
Read More

Top 10 Pubs in Cape Town (According to Sax Players!)

A crucial element for the survival and mental well-being of the modern, Southern African saxophonist - is a decent British-style pub. I got together with some saxophone-playing friends, who are known to be men of the world and experts on lager, to bring you the top 10 British-style pubs in Cape Town. To us, rugby on the telly, draught beer & live jazz are the most important criteria, however we also rate good service, a descent pub menu and a nice view/location. I was joined on this quest by Marc de Kock (In With a Shout), Justin Bellairs (Kesivan & The Lights), Evan Froud (The Load Shedders), Martin Fennell (The…
Read More

12 Reasons Why Cape Town is a Great City in which to be a Jazz Musician

I really enjoy making my living as a jazz musician in Cape Town. Here are a few reasons why. 1. Cape Town is a small city, so if you have a car or a motorbike, getting around is very quick and easy. Sometimes musicians have between two to four gigs a day in the height of season. My personal record is seven gigs in a waking day, although not all of them were jazz gigs. 2. The market is not saturated with musicians, so I believe that finding or creating work is easier than in places like Europe, Australasia or North America. If you can play at a reasonably good…
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