Saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh will teach a workshop on saxophone, jazz, and improvisation. A particular emphasis will be placed upon devising and implementing an effective practice routine, as well as developing strategies for jazz improvisation and group playing that can benefit all instrumentalists. Topics will include sound production; rhythm practice; different ways to work on ear training; strategies for improvisation, including motivic development and selective listening; developing a personal style; and repertoire practice and composing.
A Berklee graduate and a New Yorker for 15 years, Sabbagh will also talk about his experience making a living as a jazz musician in the city. He will play with a quartet, featuring Nadav Remez on guitar, as well as demonstrate the techniques he is using. Questions are welcome.
Sabbagh has recorded four critically acclaimed albums. North (Fresh Sound New Talent) and Pogo (Sunnyside), with Ben Monder, Joe Martin, and Ted Poor, focus on original compositions. One Two Three (Bee Jazz), with Ben Street and Rodney Green, is an album of standards. Sabbagh's latest effort, I Will Follow You (Bee Jazz), is a freer project with Monder and French drums legend Daniel Humair. North was selected best album of 2005 by the French monthly Jazzman, as well as included in the Ottawa Citizen 10 best list of 2005, while Pogo, One Two Three, and I Will Follow You each got 4 stars in DownBeat. Sabbagh has played with drummers Victor Lewis, Bill Stewart, Billy Drummond, Eric McPherson, Jeff Ballard, and many others.