This is a short review of the Jerry Bergonzi – Saxophone Mastery (How to Play Saxophone Masterclass) DVD. After watching a short clip at Jazzheaven.com, I decided to buy a copy. I bought it at Amazon.com for 45 USD including shipping to Croatia and it is worth every penny.
Jerry studied saxophone at Berklee College of Music with Joe Viola and he took a few lessons with Joe Allard, so I assume his approach is the best of both worlds. He explains basically all the things about saxophone playing from the sound production, embouchure, tonguing, vibrato, intonation, finger/hand placement to alternate fingerings, multiphonics, altissimo and overtones, with simple words and camera close up to his face and hands, so it is clearly seen what he is doing. Continue reading →