Melissa Aldana

We are very excited to introduce Sax Magazine's Featured Artist for February: Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana, who is about to release her new album, "12 Stars", on Blue Note.

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Starting Point—Modes and Patterns

My jazz journey has been a long one. I struggled for years trying to play strictly by ear. Jazz was like religion; everyone had a different take and approach. Slaves to major modes, melodic minor modes, the George Russell Lydian-Chromatic religion (modes off the Lydian scale), etc. One thing is ...

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Starting Point—Modes and Patterns

modes and patterns

My jazz journey has been a long one. I struggled for years trying to play strictly by ear. Jazz was like religion; everyone had a different take and approach. Slaves to major modes, melodic minor modes, the George Russell Lydian-Chromatic religion (modes off the Lydian scale), etc. One thing is ...

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Interview With Perico Sambeat

Interview With Perico Sambeat

Today we have with us one of the greatest representatives of jazz in Spain. Watch this full video interview courtesy of D'Addario!

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Let’s Go Outside!

playing outside harmony

This article is aimed at the advancing jazz saxophonist. While not going into too much detail on any particular topic, I wanted to give an overview of how one might develop fluidity in non-diatonic sounds. I feel that the following concepts can provide ample material for the improviser who is ...