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STEVE WILSON


FUNDAMENTALS OF JAZZ SAXOPHONE

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22 LESSONS

Make some serious gains on your chops. Learn how to feel over the barline in odd meters. Gain insights into composition, soloing, phrasing and more with these awesome lessons.

LIVING NOTATION

Don't miss a note of Steve's solos. With Living Notation, you can learn exactly what Steve is playing, becoming visually immersed as the notation follows the video note for note. Study and learn Steve's improvised solos and let them come through in your own playing.

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If things are moving too fast, slow down a section with the speed control - the pitch always stays the same and you can digest at an easier pace if needed. Or, loop a section with our easy drag and loop system. There's plenty of charts and notation to help you along the way.

22 LESSONS

Make some serious gains on your chops. Learn how to feel over the barline in odd meters. Gain insights into composition, soloing, phrasing and more with these awesome lessons.

LIVING NOTATION

Don't miss a note of Steve's solos. With Living Notation, you can learn exactly what Steve is playing, becoming visually immersed as the notation follows the video note for note. Study and learn Steve's improvised solos and let them come through in your own playing.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR EXPERIENCE

If things are moving too fast, slow down a section with the speed control - the pitch always stays the same and you can digest at an easier pace if needed. Or, loop a section with our easy drag and loop system. There's plenty of charts and notation to help you along the way.

LESSONS

  • Now’s The Time” Performance (05:42)
  • Taking a Rhythmic Approach to Improvisation (21:06)
  • “Con Alma” Performance (05:30)
  • Playing Your Solo in Different Styles (21:16)
  • “Miss Angelou” Performance (04:27)
  • Non-Functional Harmonies (25:28)
  • “On Green Dolphin Street” Perfomance (04:35)
  • Playing Odd Meters (14:39)
  • “What Is This Thing Called Love” (03:44)
  • Tips for Playing Fast (09:24)
  • “Chelsea Bridge” Performance (07:33)
  • Playing Ballads Lyrically (10:08)
  • “Stuffy Turkey” Performance (04:44)
  • Getting Inside the Monk Sound (06:45)
  • Geek Talk: Saxophone Equipment (22:26)
  • Horn Maintenance and Cleaning (13:07)
  • Saxophone Basics and Exercises (29:16)
  • Practice, Practice, Practice (17:09)
  • Practicing with Con Alma (13:31)
  • How to Construct a Solo (06:23)
  • Altissimo Extended Techniques and Exercises (11:35)
  • Cadenzas and Endings (11:32)
  • Now’s The Time” Performance (05:42)
  • Taking a Rhythmic Approach to Improvisation (21:06)
  • “Con Alma” Performance (05:30)
  • Playing Your Solo in Different Styles (21:16)
  • “Miss Angelou” Performance (04:27)
  • Non-Functional Harmonies (25:28)
  • “On Green Dolphin Street” Perfomance (04:35)
  • Playing Odd Meters (14:39)
  • “What Is This Thing Called Love” (03:44)
  • Tips for Playing Fast (09:24)
  • “Chelsea Bridge” Performance (07:33)
  • Playing Ballads Lyrically (10:08)
  • “Stuffy Turkey” Performance (04:44)
  • Getting Inside the Monk Sound (06:45)
  • Geek Talk: Saxophone Equipment (22:26)
  • Horn Maintenance and Cleaning (13:07)
  • Saxophone Basics and Exercises (29:16)
  • Practice, Practice, Practice (17:09)
  • Practicing with Con Alma (13:31)
  • How to Construct a Solo (06:23)
  • Altissimo Extended Techniques and Exercises (11:35)
  • Cadenzas and Endings (11:32)

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ABOUT STEVE WILSON

Steve Wilson has attained ubiquitous status in the studio and on the stage with the greatest names in jazz, as well as critical acclaim as a band leader in his own right. A musician’s musician, Wilson has brought his distinctive sound to more than 100 recordings led by such celebrated and wide-ranging artists as Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Dianne Reeves, Bill Bruford, Maria Schneider, Joe Henderson, Charlie Byrd, Billy Childs, Don Byron, Bill Stewart, and Mulgrew Miller among many others. Wilson has seven recordings under his own name, leading and collaborating with such stellar musicians as Lewis Nash, Carl Allen, Steve Nelson, Greg Hutchinson, Dennis Irwin, James Genus, Larry Grenadier, Ray Drummond, Ben Riley, and Nicholas Payton.
After stint with singer Stephanie Mills he decided to major in music at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. During those years he recorded backing musician for touring shows such as The Four Tops and Sophisticated Ladies.  Then Wilson moved to New York, and the following year toured with Lionel Hampton. Wilson was a member of Chick Corea’s Grammy winning sextet “Origin”.Cited by his peers in a New York Times poll as one of the artists most likely to break out as an established leader, Wilson recorded four CDs. He then recorded two projects for Chick Corea. The Jazz Journalists Association has nominated him for Best Alto Sax Player and for Best Soprano Sax Player. Wilson was a member of the Blue Note 7. Also that year Wilson made his orchestral debut performing Heitor Villa Lobos’ Fantasia for Soprano Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra with the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra. 
An in-demand and passionate educator Wilson is an Associate Professor of Music at City College of New York, and on faculty at the Juilliard School. He has been artist-in-residence and/or guest artist at several schools.  Wilson has also been a frequent guest performer/educator at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has been a featured performer, panelist, and clinician at conferences of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Chamber Music of America, and International Association of Jazz Educators. Wilson was honored with the Marc Crawford Jazz Educator Award from New York University and the Virginia Jazz Award Musician of the Year presented by the Richmond Jazz Society, recognizing his outstanding service in the advancement of jazz and education in their respective communities. 
Wilson’s current projects reflect his multifaceted artistry, versatility, and associations with some of the most highly regarded artists on the scene. His quartet Wilsonian’s Grain, which consists of Orrin Evans, Ugonna Okegwo, and Bill Stewart or Clarence Penn, has been featured on NPR live and the Village Vanguard in New York City, and headlined at the prestigious Detroit Jazz Festival. Wilson is one-half of two dynamic duos, “Musical Dialogue” with renowned drummer Lewis Nash, and in another with pianist Bruce Barth . He co-leads an elegant trio with pianist Renee Rosnes and bassist Peter Washington, and with composer/arranger David O’Rourke has a repertoire as soloist with strings. Wilson is touring member of the Grammy-winning Maria Schneider Orchestra, the Billy Childs Quartet, Christian McBride & Inside Straight and Big Band, and the Buster Williams Quartet.

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