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“Distance” from Kendor Music

March 24, 2020

“Distance” by Doug Beach is a beautiful ballad at the medium easy level, making it the perfect showcase for your alto soloist. The pensive melody and rich harmony combine to create a wonderful change of pace chart. Starting as a ballad, it moves into an easy bossa nova and then returns to a ballad feel with a big ensemble. A perfect choice for festival or concert. Standard instrumentation, duration: 4:43. $52

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Gearcheck: March 2020

March 18, 2020

The latest and greatest gear for jazz performers and educators – March 2020

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Evans’ Jazz Baroque: Vivaldi/Bach in Print

March 11, 2020

Jazz Baroque: Vivaldi/Bach is now available in print. This book by Lee Evans consists of 13 jazz-tinged piano solo arrangements of music from the Baroque era. Inspired by Antonio Vivaldi and J.S. Bach, selections include music from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” J.S. Bach’s organ preludes, inventions and sinfonias, a work by him for solo cello, and his famous “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” Intermediate and late intermediate level classical and jazz players will enjoy new musical insights into these venerable works.

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Zildjian’s I Series Cymbals

Taking its name from “Ilham,” the Turkish word for inspiration, the I Family is a collection of expressive sounds designed for the drummer who is looking to graduate from the fundamental sizes and sounds and bring their playing to the next level. The series features modern weights and profiles, and fresh effects sounds. The I Family launches with a 10” splash, 14”, 16”, 17”, 18”, 19” crashes, 18” and 20” crash rides, 20” and 22” rides, 13” and 14” hi-hats, 14” mastersound hi-hats, a 14” trash crash / hi-hat top, a 17” trash crash, and 16” and 18” chinas. The I Family is also offered as a band pair, available in 14” and 16” sizes. A variety of configurations of cymbals are offered in six cymbal packs.

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HingeStix are a learning tool that lets drummers learn proper technique while preventing bad habits from the very start. These practice drumsticks, by Sam Ruttenberg, are great for drummers to simulate and reinforce a loose grip, allowing the stick to pivot freely around the fulcrum, while engaging the hands and the back fingers to control and master bounce and rebound. Drummers place their thumbs and index fingers on the patented swivel pads, which pivot freely around the fulcrum, enabling students to build the muscle memory required to feel a perfectly executed free rebound stroke. When used daily during warm-up and practice, students can easily transfer this grip to their regular drumsticks to execute perfect rebound strokes.

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D’Addario’s Reserve Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

February 26, 2020

D’Addario Woodwinds’ Reserve Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece were designed for the most demanding, modern classical saxophonist. The Reserve Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece is made in the USA from foreign materials by a team of top musicians and engineers. It is milled from solid rod rubber, using D’Addario’s precise computer-controlled mouthpiece making technology. The mouthpiece is not hand-finished and has a medium chamber. The mouthpiece provides exceptional intonation across all registers of the saxophone and exceptional response and range of dynamic flexibility.

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ReedGeek’s Universal “Special ZR” Tool

The ReedGeek Universal “Special ZR” is the latest addition to ReedGeek’s line of reed adjustment and maintenance tools. Using the company’s most advanced wear alloys and ceramic forming Zirc. wear finish, the Universal “Special ZR” is great for all single and double reed players and excels in the adjustment of both natural cane and synthetic polymer reeds. The “Special ZR” offers the player an option to employ two removable handles for added leverage, control and chatter-free reed balancing. Includes a hand-sewn proprietary neoprene bag with a built in microfiber cleaning cloth and ReedGeek clear classic multi-use storage case. Street retail $95-$100.

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Hal Leonard’s Singer’s Jazz Anthology

Hal Leonard’s new Singer’s Jazz Anthology series features vocal lines with piano accompaniments. The singer’s portion, matching the original sheet music, is paired with piano accompaniments arranged in an authentic yet accessible jazz style designed to enable the singer to sound like they’re being backed by an accomplished jazz pianist. The Singer’s Jazz Anthology debuts with four books in the series: Classic Standards, Pop Standards, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter. Each book is arranged by Brent Edstrom and is available in both high and low voice. Each publication includes access to professionally recorded piano accompaniments online, available for download or streaming. $19.99

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Adaptable Trios Books from Excelcia Music

February 12, 2020

Adaptable Trios, the newest series from Excelcia Music Publishing, contains 25 newly-composed or arranged trios that can be flexibly used with any combination of wind and percussion instruments (in the Wind/Percussion series) or with any combination of string instruments (in the Strings series).
Written at accessible 1.5 through 3 grade levels, Adaptable Trios follows the format of Excelcia Music Publishing’s popular Adaptable Duets series. Adaptable Trios exponentially expands the options for music educators by providing the flexibility of unique instrument trio groupings. Books in the Adaptable Trios series for wind and percussion are available for flute, oboe, B♭ clarinet/bass clarinet, B♭ trumpet/baritone T.C., alto saxophone/baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone, horn in F, trombone/euphonium, tuba, and percussion. Books for strings are available for violin, viola, cello, and bass. $14.99

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LokNob Dials from D’Addario

D’Addario Accessories’ LokNob is the “set-it and forget it” knob for your amplifier, pedals, and guitar knobs. The LokNob eliminates the chance of accidentally hitting the knob and changing your settings. The knobs stay put until you want to change them. The LokNob is available in three forms in various materials and finishes: LokNob, Tour Cap, and Brake Pad. The easy-to-install LokNob dials and locks in your sound settings. Once in place, simply rotate the knob to click into the sound you need. For larger adjustments, simply lift the knob, rotate to your desired sound, then release to lock in the setting. LokNob retrofits to most amplifiers, effects pedals, instruments, and live/studio gear and is fully reversible.

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