We are now ready to book this event. It will be at Sax.co.uk new premises in London. Cost will be £25 and timings we are thinking at the moment are 11.00 till 2.00 with option to retire to a local pub afterwards.
Naturally we will have time to browse the shop especially as Sax.co.uk have kindly said attendees will be offered a 10% discount on accessories purchased on the day so ideal opportunity to stock up on reeds etc.
Would all those that want to commit to attend please use the poll to identify all dates they are available and we will try and go with the majority (you can select more than one if I set the poll right )
Payment details will be posted once we have selected a date.
Attending the Manchester event doesn't mean you can't come to London too
Again looking forward to meeting you all
Jeanette & Aldevis
We are now in a position to take bookings for this event please will all those who wish to attend this event on 17th May at http://www.healdgreenvillagehall.co.uk/findus use the Manchester & Social Workshop Button here to make their payment and their booking will be confirmed.
It would be appreciated if payment could be made as soon as possible as I am reluctant to commit funds to the hire of the hall until I know we have sufficient numbers and would not want to lose the date. We have kept the cost as low as possible £25, if all those who indicated they could attend on the 17th book then we will be fine
We will publish a very relaxed moveable timetable in the next few days and some ideas we have. We will not start before 12.00 and aim to finish around six with an option to retire to a local pub afterwards for those who wish to.
Looking forward to meeting you all
Jeanette Aldevis & Chris
I have been listening to various Sax players, the likes of Coltrane, Getz, Coleman, Rollins etc and I have come to the conclusion that there is very little that interests me. I find them boring I'm afraid to say. Am I alone in not liking this type of music yet still wanting to play the sax? It's not that I am totally anti jazz, I do like a few jazz oriented bands and artists. I really like Soft Machine, Nucleus, Camel, Colosseum, Catapilla, IF, Tonton Macoute, Mel Collins, Elton Dean, etc. I suppose a lot of people will find them boring but to each his own. I feel like I'm committing sacrelege by not liking the "masters" as it were. Am I alone in my dislike?
My first post here, so just wandering if you could help a fellow sax player out. I've been playing for a number of years (11!) and I was always taught in quite a traditional manner, going up through the grades up until 8. I never could get a good grasp at theory, and even at A-Level I struggled big time. I could play but theory wise I was useless!
Anyway, I'd like to get a good foundation in improvising, so was wondering if anyone has any good recommendations for improvising books. I can improvise up and down a scale ok, but it's when chord changes are put in every bar, I end up panicking and throwing in the towel! If I'm given a blues scale, I'm fine but anything more complicated and I can't get my head around it. A while ago I purchased Jamey Aerbersold's 'Maiden Voyage'. Really like the pieces in there but I can only improvise over the most basic of tracks - i.e. with a blues scale.
Has anybody got an recommendations for improvising books that don't throw you in at...
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The subject of Coltrane comes up on here every so often, so I thought it best to provide a place to air those opinions instead of us cluttering up other folks threads..
This is purely my own idiosyncratic viewpoint, I'm not trying to be populist here and give you a general introduction to his music, just pointing out some aspects of his playing that may not be immediately apparent. I'm not trying to convert anyone to Coltrane fandom, just showing that there's more to him than you may be (un)familiar with.... feel free to disagree (and I'm sure you will)
When people say they don't like John Coltrane I sometimes wonder if they've just not heard the right bits of his lengthy discography. Of course it's not compulsory to like him and there are many other sax players to like, and even fans like me don't like everything he's done over his varied career, nor am I familiar with every recording he's made -...
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