Monday, December 15, 2014

Music Education Monday: A Benny Golson master class, and the Saxophone Museum

This week, Music Education Monday is all about the saxophone, starting with a master class from the veteran saxophonist and composer and former Jazz Messenger Benny Golson.

In the first video below, Golson, writer of well-known tunes such as "Killer Joe," "Whisper Not," and "Along Came Betty," discusses his career with author Tom Piazza as part of a master class held in 2005 at Loyola University in New Orleans. In the second video, Golson gives a performance of "Along Came Betty" and discusses how he wrote the song.

In between videos, you might want to take a break for a virtual visit to the Saxquest Saxophone Museum. While the museum is located physically right here in St. Louis inside the Saxquest shop, you can see photosets online detailing many of the vintage instruments in the collection, including the 1921 King saxello pictured in this post as well as saxes made by Selmer, Buescher, Conn, Grafton, Keilwerth, LeBlanc, Martin, and even a couple of 19th century instruments from Adolphe Sax himself.

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