Saxophone – Sound, Technique & Style

Tues. 6:30 – 8 pm 4/2 – 5/28 (8 weeks) no class 4/9

Saxophone – Sound, Technique & Style
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Woodwinds
Day Tue
Instructor Phillip Greenlief
Status inperson event

Improve your sound, technique, and style in a supportive group setting. Instructor Phillip Greenlief will present a series of studies that tap into the history of the saxophone and some of its most inventive practitioners. Using the fundamental groundwork of Steve Lacy, Greenlief will include his own composed studies to present ways to practice and explore the basic materials of tonal harmony (scales, chords, intervals). Using the embouchure/altissimo studies of Sigurd Rasher, we will explore tone, intonation, and extending the range of the instrument. Using the etudes of Sigfried Karg-Elert, we will explore etudes and encourage composition to advance the student’s sense of melody. Drawing on some of the ideas John Coltrane used to compose the work “Giant Steps,” we will create our own studies and explorations of the chromatic scale as a prequel for advanced harmony. The class addresses all styles of music.

Adults and dedicated teens are welcome.

Prerequisites: Intermediate technical facility and ability to read music.


About Phillip Greenlief  

Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, saxophonist/composer Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. He has performed with Wadada Leo Smith, Meredith Monk, Rashaun Mitchell and They Might Be Giants. Albums include LANTSKAP LOGIC with Fred Frith and Evelyn Davis, THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT with Joelle Leandre, and ALL AT ONCE with FPR  (Frank Gratkowski, Jon Raskin, Greenlief). Recent residencies have included the Banff Center for Art and Creativity and Headlands Center for the Arts. His critical writing has been published in Artforum, open space (SFMOMA), and Signal to Noise.  

“The Bay Area’s do-it-yourself ethos has produced a bevy of dazzlingly creative musicians, but few have put the philosophy to work as effectively as Phillip Greenlief.” – Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle
Photo: Manuel Enriquez