I have studied with some of the greatest jazz educators in the world during my time at Berklee College of Music. I'm here to share the exercises and concepts passed on to me by my peers and mentors. Contact me to schedule you first lesson!
I focus a lot of the attention on developing a good sound, through excercises passed on to me by Ed Tomassi, George Garzone and others. I cover technical aspects of the saxophone, and design excercises individually for each student.
the triadic chromatic approach
Michael Brecker named George Garzone the "master of the saxophone", and rightfully so. I have had the pleassure of performing with and learning from George Garzone during my time at Berklee. I have learned his approach to playing "outside" the changes by borrowing from 12-tone rows and using triads.
The triadic chromatic approach is a conceptual theory that I’ve been working on for the last 25 years teaching at schools between Boston and New York. A lot of this was put together on the blackboard to improvise freely in the way I would like myself and the students to improvise.
- George Garzone (from Downbeat May 2009) read the full article here
At Berklee I also had the opportunity to study with Hal Crook, a jazz educator that has taught some of the greatest performers of today (Mark Turner, Seamus Blake, Roy Hargrove, Danilo Perez, Esperanza Spalding, Antonio Sanchez). His concepts cover everything from motivic development to creating interest and basics of improvisation. His books can be purchased online, and are strongly reccomended for any improvising musician.
In my lessons I use elements from his approach, especially ones that helped me get to where I am.