A History of the Tenor Saxophone
In the 1920s, the saxophone gained prominence in jazz through touring military and brass bands, and jazz never looked back. The saxophone family includes up to 9 members showcases its versatility. Learn more about the role of sax in jazz history.
Donald Harrison Jr: Saxophonist, Big Chief, NEA Jazz Master, and Improvisational “Genius”
Donald Harrison Jr. is considered master of every era of jazz, soul, funk, and classical music.
An introduction to the “Trane”: John Coltrane, local and national jazz legend
The recorded career of jazz legend John Coltrane as a leader, breaks essentially, into three distinct phases. The surprising commercial appeal of the saxophone-driven title track of the album “My Favorite Things”, led to Trane’s third – Impulse Records. It was artistically successful, albeit commercially mixed.
Pursuit of a passion
Success does not happen overnight, rather it is a process over a lifetime, says saxophonist Steve Wilson. His long list of accomplishments include over 150 recordings, tours all over the U.S and Europe, a teaching position at Juilliard, and his most recent album release. He says he continues to captivate audiences because he continues to learn and grow.
Student Ben Tozier Describes the Development of Confidence
Ben Tozier moved to Charlotte as a sophomore in high school, and has been a Youth Ensemble student ever since.