Category Archives: Education

Saxophone (woodwinds) teaching and music education, transcriptions, recording and music production.

Joe Allard – Basic Principles & Pedagogy

Joseph Allard was a professor of saxophone and clarinet at The Juilliard School (1956-1984),
Manhattan School of Music (1970-1987), New England Conservatory of Music (1970-1987),
Mannes School of Music (1971-1976). He worked with Red Nichols (1931), DuPont Cavalcade of America (1935-1957), Red Norvo Orchestra (1936-1939), Bell Telephone Hour (1940-1965), WOR Radio Orchestra, Cities Service Band of America (1947-1957), NBC Symphony Orchestra (1949-1954), Voice of Firestone (1949-1956), SymphonyJoe Allard – Autograph of the Air (1954-1963). Among his famous students are Michael Brecker, Eddie Daniels, Bob BergWillie Schwartz, Dave Liebman, Stan Getz, Paul Winter, Marty Ehrlich, Victor Morosco, Eric Dolphy, Harvey PittelSteve Grossman, Lee Konitz, Ray BeckensteinPaul Winter, Harry Carney, Kenneth Radnofsky, Teo Macero, Pete Yellin, Dave Tofani, Billy Kerr, etc.

Art has to have variety. Unless a tone has variety of color and variety in volume, unless vibrato has variety in pulse, you don’t have art. —Joseph Allard

When the effort is lost in the result, the latter is said to be artistic. —Joseph Allard


More resources about Joe Allard pedagogy and concepts

Master Lessons for the Creative Musician by Bruce Mishkit

Master Lessons for the Creative Musician by Bruce MishkitThis is a short review of the Bruce MishkitMaster Lessons For The Creative Musician (Published 2005). This book was originally published by Warner Bros. Publications in 1994, as Sax/Flute Lessons with the Greats. The book includes an audio CD with lesson examples.
As I remember, I read excerpts from this book back in the nineties in Saxophone Journal published by Dorn Pub., and I wished to buy it back then. Finally I bought it a couple of years ago directly from Bruce.

After a short foreword, the book is divided in seven chapters: Ernie Watts, Lenny Picket, Hubert Laws, Paquito D’Rivera, David Liebman, Joe Lovano and in the final chapter Bruce Mishkit shares some useful insights on jazz theory (scales/chords). Each chapter includes useful examples/exercises/fingering charts for altissimo, which are also recorded, so they can be listened to on the accompanying audio CD. In every lesson those six masters share their insights on technique, tone production, practicing, improvisation, pedagogy, doubling and their own thoughts on the music business. Every lesson is very special and individual. If I had to choose my favorite lessons from the book, those would be the one with Ernie Watts (insightful thoughts on life and business), Hubert Laws (great for flute players, saxophone players doubling on flute) and Dave Liebman, which I’m familiar with through his book Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound

I would highly recommend this book to every saxophone/flute or woodwind player, no matter if jazz or classical. The book is affordable ($32 – $36, depending on shipping location), and can be bought directly from Bruce’s website.
Keep on practicing! 😉

Harvey Pittel’s visit with Marcel Mule

This is an interesting conversation and meeting with Mr. Mule in May of 1993 at the roof garden of his home in Sanary, France. Mr. Mule talks about his early experiences and studying the saxophone with his father when he was eight and he also had violin lessons a year after when he was nine. There are more interesting stories in this video, so check it out!

Clyde “Blowtop” Lynne Saxophone Solo @ Jump Man Jump

The transcription of Clyde “Blowtop” Lynne’s tenor saxophone solo on Jump Man Jump (Piano Red) from Pay It No Mind / Jump Man Jump record (Groove 1955). Listen to the recording at Youtube. The bflat and concert versions of the transcription are available at transcriptions page.
Piano Red - "Jump Man Jump"Keep practicing and have fun!

Saxophone Embouchure

This is a Youtube collection of excellent videos explaining saxophone and clarinet embouchure as simple as possible. For further reading check out these posts Joe Allard – Basic Principles & Pedagogy, Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound and Jerry Bergonzi Instructional Videos. If you have any question contact me and I will try to answer.

Wilton Felder Saxophone Solo @ Soul Shadows

I did a transcription of Wilton Felder’s soulful tenor saxophone solo on Soul Shadows from The Crusaders  – Rhapsody and Blues album. The transcription is available at transcriptions page.

Review by Scott Yanow

The Crusaders’ follow-up to Street Life did not result in any additional hits (does anyone remember Bill Withers’ vocal on “Soul Shadows?”) and found the group’s R&Bish music sounding closer to a formula. Each of the three remaining original Crusaders (Wilton Felder on tenor, soprano, alto and electric bass, keyboardist Joe Sample and drummer Stix Hooper), who are joined by an expanded rhythm section, contribute at least one original piece but the group’s concept was starting to sound a bit tired.

The Crusaders - "Rhapsody and Blues"

Marcel Mule Interview

This is an interview with Marcel Mule, extract from Vandoren video, although I can’t find the buy link for a full video on Vandoren.fr  (If anybody finds it anywhere, just let me know and I’ll put it here). In this video Mr. Mule talks about his early career in Musique de la Garde Republicaine military orchestra and exposure to jazz and vibrato played on saxophone. There is an interesting observation about Maurice Ravel’s Bolero first performance, where he played a solo originally written for sopranino saxophone in F on Bb soprano saxophone under Ravel’s conducting.

Additionally there is an interview with Marcel Mule on Dorn Publishing site here done by David J. Gibson – pdf file with this interview, also check out the article Marcel Mule – His Life And The Saxophone, published in Saxophone Journal.

Michael Brecker Saxophone Solo @ Moose The Mooche

The transcription of Michael Brecker’s tenor saxophone solo (rhythm changes) on Moose The Mooche (Charlie Parker) from Mel LewisMel Lewis and Friends (1977) album. Listen to the recording at Youtube. The bflat and concert versions of the transcription are available at transcriptions page.
Mel Lewis and Friends
Keep practicing and have fun!