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), Symphony of the Air (1954-1963). Among his famous students are Michael Brecker, Eddie Daniels, Bob Berg, Willie Schwartz, Dave Liebman, Stan Getz, Paul Winter, Marty Ehrlich, Victor Morosco, Eric Dolphy, Harvey Pittel, Steve Grossman, Lee Konitz, Ray Beckenstein, Paul 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
- Joe Allard Basic Principles
- Saxophone Overtone Exercises – by David Demsey, adopted from Joe Allard
- Dave Liebman’s Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound book based on Joe Allard school of teaching is highly recommended. In this video Dave is explaining saxophone embouchure.
- The Joe Allard Saxophone (Woodwind) Method & The Master Speaks – Joe Allard – David Carlos Valdez blog
- Remembering Joseph Allard (pdf) – Joffe Woodwinds blog (great resource about Joe Allard)
- Remembering The Master: Joe Allard (pdf) – Dave Liebman’s website
- The Joe Allard Project website, maintained by Adam Michlin.
- Also check out this post for more about saxophone embouchure.
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