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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.

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A discussion with Jeff “Tain” Watts

As we waited for students to arrive for the Jeff “Tain” Watts Workshop, our Education Director, Patrick Brown, sat down with the jazz legend for a brief reflection on jazz education.

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Discovering the Joy of Gypsy Jazz

We swing into the heat of summer this June with the swing of hot house jazz, “jazz manouche”, today known better as gypsy jazz. Learn how the style evolved and why it is relevant today.

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Emmet Cohen’s Approach to Jazz

Emmet Cohen has been a recognized powerhouse of music. In the midst of touring, he continues the online “Live at Emmet’s Place” series, and keeps jazz education at the forefront. We caught up with Emmet before the JAZZ ROOM to get a more personal sense of his inspirations and motivations.

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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.

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