Originally from Perth, Australia, Troy was one of the first sax players that I checked out. For years he played a student model Yamaha tenor sax and sounded amazing on it. I love his bluesy style - check him out with Tivon Pennicott!
One of New York’s finest tenor-men, Tivon is a monster player. He’s got a beautiful sound, brilliant harmonic concept, and a formiddible sense of time. I admire Tivon a lot because he is so diverse. Not only can he SLAY a bebop tune, he can also play the simplest pop solo with guys like Gregory Porter.
Probably the coolest person I’ve ever met… Adam is a super dad, amazing composer, master of loop pedals, massive hippy and a badass player. He’s not as famous as he deserves so please enjoy this guy’s wonderful personality.
Originally from England, Derek Pascoe is one of the leading voices in free/experimental music in Adelaide. He’s got a glorious tone and plays great rock n’ roll as well. Derek was a great friend of mine as I was studying and is always good for a chat and a laugh. Fun fact, his daughter is comedian Sara Pascoe.
Chris is one of my all time favourite musicians. Based in Sydney, his playing is reminiscent of the style of the great Sam Butera and he sounds amazing on alto and bari. He also a very special individual to me as he’s actually my second cousin. Check out Chris!
Tom Pulford is one of the baddest alto players I know. Lovely guy with a wicked sense of humour, his tenor/bari/sop/clarinet/flute playing are also all top notch.
My old sax teacher, Dustan “Dusty” Cox is one of those great players that can honk on a blues but also sound great on a pop gig. He probably takes the prize for the best altissimo chops in Australia but his sound is also so compelling. Check him out!
Chris Soole is a local treasure and one of the baddest players in Australia. He can be heard every Wednesday night at La Bohemé and it’s still shocking to me just how good he actually is.
There’s a lot of love for the New York-based cats but there are some pretty wild people in Australia too. A dude that aboslutely terrifies me is Andrew Crago. Origially from Adelaide, Crago moved to Sydney a few years ago and has been tearing it up. He’s sounding unbelieavble!
One of my favourite things about Adam is actually his writing. His playing is great, but I find his writing so compelling. His album Second City is really good - highly recommend checking it out! He also has a fantastic etude book!
Fellow Australian, I heard Evan for the first time in NYC at the launch of his album Skylines. He shocked me as he’s only a couple years older than me but… he’s way ahead! Great guy and excellent musicain!
I met Jordan in Melbourne back in 2013 at a jazz symposiam. Even then she was standing hew own next to guys like Carl Allen and Rodney Jones. I caught Jordan at Ginny’s Supper Club in NYC last July and she kicked BUTT! Check her out!
Sam Dillon and I were hanging at Fat Cat and talking about Ben. Sam made a really interesting comment and said that he thinks Ben is the next “sound” on the saxophone. Ben has a really unique “thing” and is technically/musically terrifying. Oh, and he plays Basson relly well. Check out the video below!
IMO, the BEST alto player alive (and worryingly good at tenor too…). Will is going to go down in history as one of the “greats”.
One of the biggest names in jazz saxophone of the last 8 years, Chad was my first big influence of the “young” cats. I had a lesson with him back in 2015 and we hung out last July too. If you don’t know Chad, you have some catching up to do!
I also worked with Steve in Charlie’s Rosen’s Broadway Big Band. He was on tenor 1 and rightfully so. Steve is just one of those all-rounders. He sounds equally at home on alto as he does on tenor. He arranges, composes and is right into the FX. Great guy - check him out!
Lucas’ sound really impacted on my concept about two years ago. There’s so much in his tone that I want in mine. He plays Vandoren T8 mouthpieces and makes them sound HUGE.
Probably THE lead alto player in NYC at the moment. I was lucky enough to play with Andrew in the Charlie Rosen Broadway Big Band at Feinstein’s 54/Below. He’s one of those guys that if he’s in the section with you, he makes you play 10x better. Also a massive sweatheart. CHECK THAT TONE!
Massively influenced by Coltrane, Sam is a powerhouse! I had the good fortune of sitting in with him at Fat Cat in NYC, and he destroyed me! Really lovely guy too!!
Simply one of the baddest dudes alive. Seamus is unbelievable and just seems to keep on getting better and better.