The Saxophone
Expressive and Versatile

Saxophone Lessons from Dean, a Juilliard Graduate

About

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 the best choice for students interested in performing many styles of music, and especially jazz/blues. The saxophone is special because it has a strong sound like a trumpet but the tone flexibility and speed of a clarinet.

Individual Lesson Plan

The student and I create an individual educational plan that matches the student’s interests. We go over the more technical topics while working on songs, in order to make sure the student is engaged and inspired.

Common Topics

  • Learning songs according to the student’s interest
  • Fingering, sound production, and other techniques
  • Improvisation (right from the beginning, why not?)
  • Reading and writing music
  • Composition
  • Developing a strong sense of rhythm (so important)

Inspiration: My Favorite Saxophonists

Yusef Lateef is my go-to tenor saxophonist for a soulful sound (here’s a video that shows why: click here). I love the clarity in Charlie Parker and Hank Mobley’s improvised lines. I admire John Coltrane’s intensity and harmonic variety. I like Coleman Hawkins’s surprising rhythms. I enjoy listening to Cannonball Adderley’s childlike spirit. Ben Webster is my go-to for a beautiful ballad. Sidney Bechet is very lyrical. 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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