Gearhead: Mindi Abair Stays Unattached

When pumping her high-wire solos to the crowd, this Grammy-nominated sax virtuoso cuts the cord

Leaps & Sounds: 12 Contemporary Etudes for Jazz Saxophone

Leaps and SoundsIn this pair of instructional books, NYC-based tenor player and recording artist Adam Larson aims to teach serious students some things that he missed early on. “As a young saxophonist, I was fluent with basic intervals such as thirds, fourths and fifths, yet I was unaware of how to integrate them into my playing,” he explains. “The goal of this book is to provide etudes that [use] large intervals, along with strong bebop, modern vocabulary and good voice leading.” Both volumes are available in E-flat, B-flat, concert, and bass clef editions.

adamlarsonjazz.com

Emile Menasché

Musician, journalist, and author Emile Menasché has composed soundtracks for Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentaries. He is jealous that his dog Hudson gets more attention from passersby whenever they’re seen in public together.