The Saxophone
Expressive and Versatile

Saxophone lessons from a Juilliard graduate


Dean Tsur is an award-winning Israeli saxophonist, bandleader, and arranger, based in New York City. He has won the North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz Competition, and was semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Dean has earned his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. He has over ten years of teaching experience.


The Saxophone

The saxophone is an highly versatile instrument; It has the agility of a woodwind instrument and the power of a brass instrument. It was invented by Belgian instrument maker Adolph Sax and traveled to America to become the signature instrument of jazz. Due to its versatility, you can find the saxophone in many styles of music including rhythm and blues, classical, pop, and gospel.


Lesson Topics

  • Techniques: fingering, sound, embouchure, and posture.
  • How to read and write melodies and harmonies
  • Improvise in New Orleans, BeBop, and Modal jazz styles.
  • Develop a strong sense of rhythm
  • Learn songs according to your interest
  • Additional musical styles: classical, pop, and more.

Inspiration: My Favorite Saxophonists

The soulful Yusef Lateef has my favorite tenor saxophone sound. I love Charlie Parker and Hank Mobley for their clarity of phrasing. The spiritual John Coltrane has an incredible intensity and harmonic vocabulary. Coleman Hawkins is swinging and has a human quality to his playing. Sonny Rollins has authority and rhythmic variety. Cannonball Adderley has playfulness and the blues. Ben Webster plays a sensual ballad like no other. Sidney Bechet is a lyrical force. The list goes on…
Dean performs regularly at New York’s leading jazz venues such as Dizzy’s Club, Blue Note, and Smalls

Saxophone guidance from a professional performing musician

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