Category Archives: Sax

Zane Musa

Artist Profile:

Zane Musa

zane_musa_3Gifted beyond his years"…Twenty five-year-old saxophonist Zane Musa has performed and recorded with some of the nations finest musicians. Larry Koonse,  John Heard, Kei Akagi, Phil Ranelin, Pharoah Sanders,  Darek Oles, & Otmaro Ruiz. …" Zane has the ability to improvise with flourishes while remaining in contact with the song's essential melodic content".

Zane Musa has solidly established himself as one of the most innovative and studied musicians of the current Los Angeles, California jazz scene.  His playing has been sought out and showcased by the likes of Arturo Sandoval, Roy Hargrove, Macy Gray, Christina Aguilera, and John Mayer.  He has also lent his talents to the house bands of several popular television shows including The Voice, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Carson Daily Show.  He currently plays regularly in the prominent clubs of Hollywood with several bands, including Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, fronted by the well-known actor and accomplished pianist, Jeff Goldblum.  He can also currently be heard as a featured artist touring and recording with Arturo Sandoval, and is featured on the recording “Be Bop” on Arturo’s most recent album, Dear Diz.zane_musa_4

As a musical virtuoso, Zane has taught many saxophone players, from beginners to working professional musicians throughout his 20 years as an accomplished and celebrated player.  Many of his amateur students have gone on to have successful careers as professional saxophone players.  Zane’s passion for song interpretation is rivaled only by his desire to teach others the skills needed to find their own musical voice through the development of a higher sensitivity as a listener and the mastering of technique.  Zane is available for both private instruction and group clinics.

The Clinics

“I came into Zane’s class feeling pretty confident in my playing, but wanting to gain more of a technical and musical edge.  I was not disappointed.  The way that Zane approached improvisation technique was like nothing I’d thought of before.  He explained what seemed like a complicated soloing technique in a way that made sense, and I was able to replicate the style for the first time ever in my playing.”

- Daniel P.

Zane’s Clinics focus mainly on the improvisational aspect of playing, by both studying the charts and scales, but also, listening with a critical ear.  The study of respected and innovative artists throughout history is utilized to solidify understanding of the fundamentals.  Students will learn to easily transcribe not only notes, but also inflection and tone through critical listening.  Focus will be on understanding how to improvise through chord progressions using linear, intervallic, and chromatic approaches.  Students will also spend time understanding rhythmic development, syncopation, playing in odd time signatures, and developing phrasing.

 

 

Yosvany Terry

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Yosvany Terry

yosvany_terry_1Born in Cuba, Yosvany Terry received his earliest musical training from his father, Eladio "Don Pancho" Terry, violinist and Cuba's leading player of the Chekeré. His father was also known as the founder and director of the "Orquesta Maravillas de Florida," one of Cuba's most important charanga bands. Mr. Terry went on to receive his classical music training and graduated from both the prestigious National School of Art (ENA) and Amadeo Roldan Conservatory.

While in Cuba, Yosvany was known for his musical innovation performing with the likes of legends, such as Chucho Valdez, Silvio Rogriguez, Fito Paez, and Cubanismo, as well as forming the influential group, Columna B. Their work represented the new voice of young Cuban jazz players. "Columna B became this limitless work-shop, where everything could be tried and experimented with. We learned how to polish and develop our craft in a very special and intuitive sense", comments Terry. Columna toured throughout the US and Europe, and in 1998 premiered their Inroads Commissioned-piece by Arts International (through the Ford Foundation) at Stanford Jazz Festival.

Yosvany came to New York in 1999 and was immediately recognized as a "spectacular talent" in the Jazz scene, playing with Roy Hargrove, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, Dave Douglass, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, and bassist Avishai Cohen. "My move to New York represented an incredible time of growth as a musician, the move gave me access to so much information, and the opportunity to meet and work with talented musicians from all over the world."   yosvany_terry_2

Always a student, Mr. Terry has absorbed and incorporated American jazz traditions with his own Afro-Cuban roots to produce compositions and solo work that flow from the rhythmic and hard driving avant-garde to sweet sounding lyricism. His voice and style are unique and complex, and with his new Quintet he has married Cuban and American musical traditions to create a new and exciting sound.

Mr. Terry's latest production, Metamorphosis , represents the investigative work he's being doing since arriving in New York. Yosvany adds, "The sound that I was trying to achieve in this recording is made up of all the musical influences that I've experienced since the beginning of my studies in Cuba, combined with my musical growth in New York during the past five years."  

The compositions on this record reflect portraits and experiences of life in Havana and New York, while at the same time recreate the stamp of many other cities Yosvany has passed through, touring as a musician. "Inevitably one learns from what one comes into contact with--a concert, book, film, landscape, painting, hanging out late at night, etc....It's for this reason that the title couldn't be more descriptive of all these sensations: Metamorphosis", concludes Mr. Terry.

*Production: Metamorphosis, 2005

Roster

Yosvany Terry- saxophone, chekeré

Luis Perdomo- piano

Dafnis Prieto- drums

Jeff "Tain" Watts- drums

Hans Glawishnig- bass

Yunior Terry- bass

Avishai Cohen- trumpet

Pedro Martinez- percussion, vocals

Mike Moreno- guitar

 

Walter Smith III

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Walter Smith III

Walter_Smith_III_1Walter Smith III began playing the saxophone at the age of 7 in his hometown of Houston, TX. At Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, in 1998, Smith received a Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship from IAJE and NFAA; the NFAA Young Talent Award, a full tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music; and a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts medal, Walter Graduated from Berklee in 2003 with a degree in Music Education.walter_smith_iii_2

While in Boston, Walter was selected by the Boston Jazz Society to receive its annual award whose past winners have included Branford Marsalis and Donald Harrison. In July of 2002, Walter walked away from the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland with third place in the 1st annual International Saxophone Competition, as well as winning the Audience's Favorite at Manhattan School of Music on a full tuition scholarship to receive a master's in jazz performance. While in New York, Smith kept himself busy touring and performing with such artists as Roy Haynes and Ralph Peterson, as well as Bilal and Destiny's Child. Smith recently performed in a Tsunami benefit concert with R&B vocalist Lauryn Hill in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Walter has performed all over the world participating in numerous national and international festivals as well as famed stages in the U.S. such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Smith has shared the stage and/or appeared on recording with many jazz notables including Roy Hargrove, Sean Jones, Terence Blancharrd, Darren Barrett, Eric Reed, Makoto Ozone, Mulgrew Miller, Jason Moran, Joe Sample, Rueben Rogers, Bob Hurst, Donald Harrison, Antonio Hart, Joe Lovano, Bill Pierce, Myron Walden, Walter Beasley, Lewis Nash, Eric Harland, Ralph Peterson, Terri Lynne-Carrington, and a host of others.

Walter's debut recording as a leader was released in March of 2006 on the Fresh Sound New Talent label and features many of his original compositions. The band is comprised of some of the best young musicians on the scene today, including Aaron Parks, Robert Glasper, Lionel Loueke, Lage Lund, Gretchen Parlato, Rueben Rogers, Vicente Archer, Kendrick Scott, Eric Harland, and Matt Kilmer.

Most recently Walter has finished a two year program with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Los Angeles and has already completed tours of both Vietnam and India with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Starting in the Fall of 2007, Walter will be teaching at the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts, and is currently touring with the Sean Jones Sextet, Christian Scott and Jason Moran's Monk Town Hall project titled "In My Mind".

In 2007 Walter is an integral part of two Grammy-nominated recordings including Christian Scott's "Rewind That" that was nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, and Michael Buble's "Caught in the Act" which was nominated in the Traditional/Pop category. All to be released before the summer of 2007, Walter is featured on upcoming new releases by trumpeters Christian Scott (Concord Records) and Sean Jones (Mack Avenue Records), drummer Kendrick Scott (World Culture Music), as well as several other recordings to be released in 2007 and 2008.

Tripp Sprague

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Tripp Sprague

tripp_sprague_1If ever man and instrument were meant for each other, Tripp Sprague and the saxophone are that match.

Tripp’s first professional gig came at the young age of thirteen when he and his brother Peter, and three friends, put together a quartet to play at the Golden Rollin’ Belly in Del Mar. From that beginning his repertoire has expanded from bebop, through Brazilian, blues and standards, to fusion and pop; Tripp and his sax are fluent in all.  He is one of the top players on the San Diego music scene. He performs regularly with groups led by Peter Sprague, Jaime Valle, Shep Myers, and others. His versatility has led to performances with such internationally renowned acts as jazz singer Mose Allison, singer Kenny Loggins, The Little River Band, Motown legends Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, and The Temptations.tripp_sprague_2

Tripp has recorded on numerous CDs with such highly regarded artists as Kim Carnes, Todd Rundgren, Willie and Lobo and Sean Watkins of NIckel Creek. Tripp also co-produced and performed with the group ‘Blurring the Edges’ on a CD by the same name, which won ‘Best Pop-Jazz’ album at the San Diego Music Awards. He runs his own recording studio in which he has produced CDs for numerous artists.

‘Wall to Wall’ is Tripp’s first self-produced CD. Those who have heard the pieces on the album, all of which are arranged, and  written by Tripp, have unanimously declared it well worth the wait. It features some of San Diego’s top jazz musicians: pianist Rob Whitlock, guitarist Peter Sprague, bassist  Bob Magnusson, and drummer Duncan Moore.

Tom Scott

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Tom Scott

Tom Scott is a renowned composer, arranger, producer, musical director and saxophonist. He has twenty-nine solo recordings to his credit and for these efforts has earned three Grammy Awards and thirteen Grammy nominations.

Tom’s career as a guest recording artist spans more than 450 recordings—by such diverse artists as Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Thelonius Monk, Lalo Schifrin, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Chris Botti. His numerous contributions as a player and arranger include Joni Mitchell’s "Court And Spark", Steely Dan’s "Aja"; hit singles like Carole King’s "Jazzman", Paul McCartney’s "Listen To What The Man Said", Rod Stewart’s "Do You Think I’m Sexy", Blondie’s "Rapture", Captain & Tenille’s "Do That To Me One More Time", Whitney Houston’s "Saving All My Love For You"; and on movie soundtracks such as "Taxi Driver", "Bladerunner", "Heaven Can Wait", "Sea Of Love", "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?", "Toy Story 2" and "Monsters, Inc". He is featured in highly acclaimed performances for the Grammy-winning movie "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown". His newly recorded Concord Records CD—entitled "Cannon Re-Loaded--A Tribute to Cannonball Adderley" (featuring Nancy Wilson, George Duke, Marcus Miller, Terence Blanchard & Steve Gadd)—is scheduled for release in January 2008.

Tom’s other career achievements include composing film scores, among them "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes", "Uptown Saturday Night", "Stir Crazy", "Hanky Panky", "The Sure Thing", "Soul Man" and "Shakes the Clown". His television composing and conducting credits include themes for "Family Ties", "Starsky & Hutch", "Square Pegs" and background scores for "Baretta", "Cannon", "Barnaby Jones", "Streets Of San Francisco", "National Geographic Explorer", and numerous T.V. Specials and Network Movies. He has served as Musical Director for the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the Celebration At Ford’s Theater, the People’s Choice Awards, Comic Relief, the Carol Burnett Show, the Pat Sajak Show, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Olivia Newton-John, and the GRP All-Star Big Band--and has toured five continents as leader of his own group. He produced two CD’s for tenor vocalist Daniel Rodriguez (a.k.a. ‘The Singing Policeman’)--the first of which, "The Spirit Of America", has sold over 400,000 copies to date. Tom has also conducted over 30 symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. as Daniel’s music director.

Tom Borton

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Tom Borton

tom_borton_1Tom graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis in 1974 and attended Indiana University Bloomington (IN) School of Music. He was a creatively brilliant producer, performer and composer of music. Tom was founder and CEO of Los Angeles Post Music, Inc, a production music library that provides music for a list of clients including television shows such as LOST, The Mentalist, Sex and the City, the Sopranos, King of the Hill, Friends and advertising clients such as Canon, Verizon, NBC, CBS, Warner Brothers, Banana Republic, Columbia Pictures, Fox Sports, ABC, Toyota, GMC and Baskin Robbins.

Tom's life long love of music began when he was in the 4th grade in Norristown, PA when he picked up the saxophone and, from that time on never put it down. He specialized in playing alto, tenor, baritone and soprano saxophone as well as all percussion instruments. While in high school Tom played for Tarnished Silver a band that included singer Kenny Edmonds who went on to fame as a songwriter under the name Babyface. tom_borton_2

At Indiana University Tom joined others to form a Bloomington based group called Streamwinner, which included drummer Kenny Aronoff, who went on to become one of the world's most influential and in demand drummers. Borton's love for music called him to Los Angeles, CA where by chance he got involved with composition and started writing for television and film music. He built a studio and before long formulated a music catalog. After a series of screen credits, his name and studio name developed a reputation as an international provider of production music and sound design. Under the Blue Moon record label Tom debuted his first album Dancing with Tigers. Borton wrote, produced, mixed and engineered the disc. His music from Dancing with Tigers hit #1 billboard music charts.

In the summer of 1987 Borton joined The Big Picture band as a composer and lead on alto saxophone. The band played in musical hot spots through out the LA area. In 1987 Tom received honors for Creative Technical Crafts for The Smithsonian: America's Time Machine, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 40th annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards. In 2002 Tom played in the Montreux Jazz Festival with Steve Allee in Switzerland. In 2008 LA Post Music continued their long relationship with HBO and produced music for the third installment of the John Adams mini series, Don't Tread on Me. This pairing of superb production and outstanding music received rave reviews.

Tim Tsukiyama

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Tim Tsukiyama

tim_tsukiyamaTim Tsukiyama--Saxophone. Tim is a local boy who attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music and has played with the likes of Ray Charles, The Temptations, Cecilio and Kapono, and Kalapana. Tim is also a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Steve Tavaglione

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Steve Tavaglione

steve_tavaglionePersonal Recordings: Caldera 1,2,3,4 , Blue Tav, and Silent Singing. Toured as a performing musician with: Caldera (Capitol Records) 1975-79, George Benson 1980-87, Diana Ross 1990, John Patitucci 1991-95, Randy Crawford, Chaka Khan, Sly and the Family Stone.

Performed in the bands of: George Benson, Diana Ross, Sergio Mendes, Gino Vanelli, Mark Isham, Randy Crawford, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, JohnPatitucci, Sly and the Family Stone, Strunz and Farah, Caldera, Maryln Scott, Frank Gambale, The Drifters, The Platters, Herman’s Hermits, Roland Corp House Band at Winter Namm Shows, Chaka Khan, Emmanuel, Akai House Band at Winter Namm, Billy Childs Simon Phillips, Roger Waters and scores of others.

Recorded for: Whitney Houston, Patty Austin, Diane Reeves, Air Supply, Alan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale, John Patitucci, Randy Crawford, Diana Ross, Randy Newman, Steve Winwood, Bonnie Raitt, Sergio Mendes,Tulku, Gardner Cole, Roger Waters(Pink Floyd), Walter Becker(Steely Dan), Carl Anderson, Andre Crouch, The Winans, Twila Tharpe, Joni Mitchell, Mark Isham, Holly Cole, Joseph Williams, Strunz and Farah,Lionel Richie, Michael Bolton, Gary Willis, Lee Ritenour, Roland Corporation, Alesis Corporation, Kyle Eastwood, Jimmy Earl, Jeff Beal, John Beasley, Richard Souther, Jeph Siegal, Luis Conte, Roland Vazquez, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl ,Sandi Patti, Peabo Bryson , Jimmy Haslip, and Michael Jackson.

Recorded internationally for: Luis Miguel, Ana Gabrielle(Mexico), Eros Ramazotti, Drupe (Italy), Alex Werner (Argentina), Sandy and Junior Maria Bethania, Sandra Dos, Rita Lee, Ivan Lins, Netinho, Simone (Brazil), Yasuko Agawa, T-Square, Yamazato, Sony Playstation, Nintendo (Japan), Mezzoforte, Jacob Magnussen (Iceland), Diego Cortez (Venezuela), Jose Madueiro(Peru) L. Subramanium (India), Chima Vilchez (Spain) Lara Fabian (Canada).

Television and other multimedia recordings: Dennis Miller Tv Show House Band, Joan Rivers Show House Band, Lois and Clark, The Pretender, Sliders, Duckman, Thirty Something, Fame , Dear John, Perry Mason, Courthouse, Jeff Foxworthy Show, Melrose Place, 90210, All my Children, Sunset Beach, Hallmark Hall of Fame Specials. HBO and Showtime Movies and Logos, Twenty One Jump Street.

TV Movies, Showtime and HBO Movies:, Dangerous Minds, The Bold and the Beautiful, ER Soundtrack CD, Another World, The American Music Awards, Fame 1997 , Jack and Mike, Entering the Circle , Nothing Sacred, Documentary Book and CD, Dr.Valerie Hunt on the Human Aura, Barry Goldwater Memories, Nightman, Lois and Clark Soundtrack, Profiler ,Welcome to Paradox, To Have and to Hold, Charmed, One Life to Live, Falcone(The Sopranos), Russo(the Sopranos), Diagnosis Murder, That’s Life, Jack and Jill, Division, General Hospital, Nash Bridges and more.

Movies performed on: American Beauty, Wayne’s World 2, Mo Money, Made in America, The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Last Seduction, Miami Rhapsody, Quiz Show, The Program, Commando, Time Cop, Oliver and Company, Night Falls on Manhattan, The Principle, I Love Trouble, Rapid Fire, Home for the Holidays, Mrs. Parker and the Viscious Circle, Cocoon, Barb Wire, Eight Heads in a Duffle Bag, Mad City, Money Talks ,The Postman, Calendar Girl, Corrina Corrina, Looking Italian, Red Corner, The Horse Whisperer The Program, Rush Hour, A Bugs Life, Meet Joe Black, The Passion of Ayn Rand, Erin Brokovich, Pay it Forward, In the Bedroom,The Salton Sea, Rush Hour 2, Ocean's 11 and more Commercials include: McDonalds, Taco Bell, Budweiser, Mercedes, Infinity, Saturn, Mazda, Cadillac, Coors, Leggs, Jack in the Box, AT&T DSL and more.

Steve Feierabend

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Steve Feierabend

steve_feierabend_1Steve Feierabend is a native of San Diego, California, where he grew up playing the clarinet, and then in high school he took up the saxophone.

In 1983, he graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music in Boston, having studied with Joe Viola, Joe Allard, Jerry Bergonzi, Herb Pomeroy, and others.

In 1996, Steve earned his Masters Degree in Jazz Performance at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he studied, taught, and performed with Kenny Barron, Ralph Bowen, Ted Dunbar and Akira Tana.

Steve has performed internationally at festivals, clubs and concerts with such artists as Mel Torme, Steve Allen, Charles McPherson, Pete Christlieb, Brian Lynch, Kei Akagi, Hal Crook, Joe Diorio, Bill Cunliff, Holly Hoffman, Mike Wofford, Ron Eschete, Rob Schneiderman, Peter Sprague, Jack Costanzo, Bobby Caldwell, Frankie Lane, The Temptations and The Four Tops, to name just a few.

Steve served as leader of his own group, Common Ground, whose CD Manhattan Fantasy was released in 1990. It was voted "CD of the year" by the Portland jazz society and received national recognition and review.

Steve's second CD, Revolving Doors, was released in June of 2000 on Webster's Jazz Classics Label. It features eight of Steve's original compositions performed in quartet and quintet settings, with special guest Peter Sprague on guitar.

Bop Mambo, Steve's third CD, is the culmination of 15 years of participation in the vibrant Southern California Latin jazz and Salsa scenes. The music is creative, modern jazz blended with mambo, cha-cha, bolero and Afro-Cuban 6/8 rhythms.

In 2002, Steve moved to the San Francisco Bay area and has become active in the local jazz and salsa music scenes. Steve's most recent CD, Converging Paths, features Bay Area musicians Akira Tana, John Wiitala, Randy Porter, and special guests Eric Jekabson and Gene Burkert. This CD marks a return to Steve's straight ahead jazz composition style and includes arrangements of standard jazz classics as well.

 

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Steve Alaniz

Artist Profile:

Steve Alaniz

steve_alanizSteve Alaniz was six years old when he listened to his father practicing saxophone along with a Stan Getz album.  Later, impressed by the flashy Tony Curtis character in the movie, Some Like It Hot, Steve picked up the saxophone and by the age of nine, began a life-long love affair with jazz music.

Teachers and professionals recognized his talent early on, and by the age of eighteen he was performing professionally with bands such as Andy Williams, and The Johnny Crawford Orchestra, later studying with blues icon, Johnny Hammond Smith.

A Southern California native, Steve’s saxophone and woodwind training has enabled him to perform with many notable jazz artists, including Nancy Wilson, Bobby McFerrin, Conte Condoli and Max Bennett.  He’s traveled the world to perform, including stints at Ronny Scott’s in London, the ’84 Olympics, the Montreaux and North Sea Jazz Festivals. He has performed for Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton, receiving accolades from all.

In fact, it’s often said that Steve’s playing “connects”.

Which seems to be the theme for his audiences; they hear a quality in Steve’s playing that touches their hearts.  Branford Marsalis referred to Steve’s style as having “The Spice of Life” – that unique ability to combine influences gathered over a lifetime and to allow those “flavors” to filter through the music to the listener, creating a palate of voices in the sound of his saxophone that pay homage to the jazz greats. And if Steve has a single goal, it is that – to honor the great players who built jazz into the art form celebrated today around the world.

Steve Alaniz has performed with:

Max Bennett, Brian Bromberg, Sekou Bunch, Glen Campbell, Conte Condoli, Johnny Crawford Orchestra The Dorsey Orchestra, Connie Francis, Ray Fuller, Grant Geisman, John Gibson, Rayford Griffin, Lalo Guererro, Tony Guererro, The Ink Spots, Herb Jeffries, Jack Jones, Phil Keaggy, Guy Lombardo Orchestra, Trini Lopez, Bobby McFerrin, Gary Novak, Joan Rivers, Chan Romero, Bobby Shew, Tommy Todesco, Bill Watrous, Andy Williams, Wilson Phillips, and Nancy Wilson to name a few.

Movie and Television:

  • Honored for contributions to the Emmy award-winning achievement for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition For A Drama Series CBS Guiding Light
  • Another World
  • Passions
  • Fox, Fox Kids cartoon networks
  • SpiderMan
  • Long Kiss Goodnight
  • Michael Jordan IMAX feature
  • and many others