News — Saxophone

Artist Spotlight: Derek Nash - One of the Finest Award Winning Jazz Saxophonists 0

Jools Holland and Derek NashDerek Nash is in the music business, he’s also a respected writer, arranger, record producer, recording engineer, band leader and runs his own Clowns Pocket recording studios. Oh, and he’s been in Jools Holland’s’ band for over 11 years, he’s the leader of Sax Appeal which is still gigging flat out after 35 years, as is his band Protect The Beat, he’s a member of Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion and is quite excited about his new album with Acoustic Quartet. Are we proud he uses a Fusion bag... you bet!

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How to Choose a Beginner’s Saxophone 0

Since its invention by the Belgian Adolphe Sax in 1840, the saxophone has become one of the most famous wind instruments in both pop and jazz. The sound of the sax is what helped shaped and define the sounds of early rock ‘n’ roll, and it’s still a common sound in nightclubs and symphony halls alike. With such enormous versatility from this instrument, it’s no wonder that it’s a popular choice for people looking to take up a new hobby. But with such versatility comes a range of different instruments – how do you know which one is right for you as a beginner? We’re here today to give you a quick overview of the different saxophones from highest to lowest, and which is the easiest to start on.
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Artist Spotlight: It's all blow for Phil Veacock 0

Phil Veacock with Joss StonePhil Veacock is best known for his work as tenor saxophonist and musical arranger in Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, a position he’s had for over 21 years.

If you’ve seen the band live, or on the BBC’s ‘Later With Jools Holland’ or indeed, on the channels annual New Year’s Eve Hootenanny, he’s the one centre stage, giving subtle cues to the rest of the band whilst still playing the sax, what a guy.

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Tips For Flying With A Saxophone Or Other Musical Instrument 0

Flying With Instruments in the Era of the Sacred Overhead Bin

 Traveling on airplanes with musical instruments can be a challenging situation if you're not prepared. Airline company policies are designed for the average traveler, not musicians with  instruments. Fusion Bags decided to talk to a life-long road musician/bandleader who has become an expert in traveling with instruments on airplanes, saxophonist Deanna Bogart.

 She's a true road warrior having logged thousands of miles over the past 35 years.  She shares some tips that may be helpful whether you're a pro or part-timer, regardless of what instrument  you play. She travels so much, both days we talked with her she was at an airport flying to gig.

 Q: What are your major challenges when traveling by air with your instrument?
 I've been traveling domestically and internationally for over thirty years. Overall, airlines are less musician friendly these days than they used to be and commuters are trying to cram more and  more stuff into the overhead bins to avoid the extra baggage check in fees. 

 The days of the airplane closet are gone (except on some international flights) where many a horn, guitar etc., would fly happily amongst the first class garment bags. The sizes of the bins  vary  greatly from airplane to airplane so there's no consistency in the sizes of the overhead storage space. On top of that, airlines are trying to fill the seats with smaller planes and offer less  space.  
 Q: What are some things you can recommend to musicians traveling with their instruments?
 First off, the less bulky and more streamlined your case is the better. And what the case is made of - or reinforced with - needs to be protective but forgiving so as to allow other people's items to have some wiggle room for their luggage to slide against it or on top of it. If you bring a large flight case your less likely to find an open bin unless you are one of the first people on the plane. Even then, when gate agents see a large case they usually insist on hand-checking. 

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