PRIVATE INSTRUCTION AT THE BOSTON SAX SHOP SAXOPHONE STUDIO

The Boston Sax Shop offers private saxophone lessons from a collegiate level, professional faculty of internationally renown educators and players. Whether you are a beginner looking for consistent weekly instruction or are a professional looking for a fresh perspective on the most advanced playing techniques, our teachers are here to help. Our studio is private, acoustically treated and hosts professional rhythm section instruments for in depth education that goes beyond just the horn and is also available for ensemble coaching and rehearsals. To schedule a lesson, email a teacher directly from the profiles below or contact us at bostonsaxshoplessons@gmail.com or call 617 903 3006

 

Hourly lesson rates range from $85-115, half hour lessons are available by request


TUCKER ANTELL

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Tucker Antell is native to nowhere.  Raised in various states across the US, Antell began his career in the Bradenton (FL) American Legion, where retirees took him under their wings and taught him the ropes of Jazz.

“Though I didn’t realize it at the time, the opportunity to play those classic standards every week with veteran musicians was one of the most formative and valuable experiences of my musical education.”  Later studying under Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone, Antell graduated from the 2009 Jazz Studies program at the New England Conservatory of Music.  Tucker is a highly sought after Tenor Saxophonist in the New England area.  

Tucker has shared the stage with multiple music heavy-hitters, including Larry Goldings, Anthony Wilson, Hal Crook, Chris Cheek, Esperanza Spalding, Antonio Sanchez, John Lockwood, Bob Gulloti, Bruce Gertz, Bob Moses, among many other talented musicians.

In addition to being an active sideman with various groups in the Boston area, his latest project, The Tucker Antell Band, features Tucker's hard-hitting blues-infused compositions which draw from his love of classic Blues music.

While keeping a busy performance schedule, Tucker teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute and improvisation, throughout various private institutions in the Boston area, including  the NEC Preparatory Program.  In addition, he regularly conducts music clinics in local colleges and public school systems.

To take a lesson with Tucker please email bostonsaxshoplessons@gmail.com

 


NOAH PREMINGER

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Of Brooklyn-based saxophonist Noah Preminger, The New York Times declares: “Mr. Preminger designs a different kind of sound for each note, an individual destiny and story.”  Preminger, just 32 and the winner of Downbeat Magazine’s Rising Star Best Tenor Saxophonist, has recorded over twelve critically acclaimed albums.  Multiple new recordings were released in 2017-18, including Meditations On Freedom, released on Inauguration Day, 2017, as a musical protest of ominous political developments in America.  In addition, a duo album recorded in NEC’s Jordan Hall with pianist, Frank Carlberg, a Quartet recording on Criss Cross Records, and a recording of the music of Otto Preminger’s films – on French, vinyl-only label, Newvelle Records.  In 2018, Preminger and co-leader Rob Garcia created the Dead Composers Club and released The Chopin Project, the first of the quartet’s planned annual examinations of deceased composer’s oeuvres.  In 2018, Preminger has contributed music to a major motion picture and was awarded a Fellowship to compose music at Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists Studio.

 

Born in 1986, Preminger grew up in Canton, Connecticut.  He released his debut album, Dry Bridge Road, just after his 21st birthday, which was named Debut of the Year in the Village Voice Critics Poll.  Preminger’s second and third albums as a leader came in 2011 and 2013 while signed to the Palmetto Records label.  The Boston Globe hails Preminger as “A master with standards and ballads, as well as an adventurous composer.”  The saxophonist has performed on key stages from the United States to Europe and Australia, and he has played and/or recorded with the likes of Jason Moran, Dave Holland, John Patitucci, Fred Hersch, Dave Douglas, Billy Hart, Rob Garcia, Joe Lovano, Victor Lewis, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Cecil McBee, George Cables, and Roscoe Mitchell.

Preminger has also been the recipient of DownBeat magazine's critics and readers awards for tenor saxophone

To take a lesson with Noah please email bostonsaxshoplessons@gmail.com 


BEN SOLOMON

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Ben Solomon is a tenor saxophonist from Chicago, Illinois.  He played in Wallace Roney’s quintet from 2012 to 2017.  As Roney’s sideman, Solomon has had the great opportunity to play with master musicians such as Ron Carter, Buster Williams, Lenny White, Patrice Rushen, Gary Bartz, and many others.  In 2016, Solomon played 2 nights with Chick Corea at the Blue Note in New York for Chick Corea’s 75th birthday residency at the Blue Note.  Solomon’s most recent recording was on Wallace Roney’s album “A Place In Time”.

To take a lesson with Ben, please email bostonsaxshoplessons@gmail.com


MIKE TUCKER

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“Mike Tucker is a great young saxophonist with a mature approach, warm sound and stunning technique".  
-Michael Brecker


“The Greater Boston area has a proud history of producing world class jazz musicians, and mike tucker is Probally the brightest saxophinist to come along in years. He brings to his music an aura of focused emotional intensity, letting his soul shine through every note he plays on his horn.
-Frank John Hadley , Down Beat Columnist, and Grove Press author

“The Mike Tucker Quartet is musically adept and engaging.....Tucker is a young composer with talent to spare.....The improvisational skills- especialy those of Tucker and Genovese are top -notch"
-Katie Debonvile, Performer Magazine, September 2004

Mike Tucker has performed as a leader and a side man all over the world. In 2002 he competed as a semi- finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Washington DC, and soon after he attended Berklee college of music on a full tuition scholarship where his career got a jump start. The Mike Tucker Quartet has been invited to perform at jazz festivals around the world including the Phoenix Jazz Festival in Nagoya Japan, The Nancy Jazz Festival in Lorraine France, The Emerging artists of the 21st century concert series in San Jose Costa Rica, and Closer to home at the Kennedy Center in D.C and The JVC Jazz Festival in NYC. Tucker has also appeared on Several nationally syndicated jazz radio shows including Toast of the Nation on NPR, Voice of America, and on XM Satellite Radio Jazz and Beyond. Besides many engagements with his own group, Tucker is currently a member of Sony Recording artist Robin Mckelle's group and has performed with Grammy Award winning artists such as: Esperanza Spaulding, Tiger Okoshi, George Garzone, Joe Lovano, Melvin Sparks, George Duke, Christian Scott, Fred Wesley, Eric Reed, Carl Allen, among many others.
In addition to his career as a performer, Tucker is a sought after clinician and educator. He has been invited to give master classes at the University of Minnesota, Hokaido Groove Camp in Sapporo Japan, MAI in Nancy France as well as his alma mater Berklee College of Music. He holds a B.M. from Berklee College of Music and a masters degree in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory. He is also an AMSTAT certified Alexander Technique teacher and specializes in instrumental technique as it applies to proper use of the body.

To take a lesson with Mike please email bostonsaxshoplessons@gmail.com 

ANDY VOELKER

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Saxophonist, Composer, and improvider Andy Voelker is well-versed in a variety of musical styles which is uses to perform in a wide variety of musical setting as well as applying those methods to his teaching style. Andy grew up listening to artists as diverse as the Beatles, Santana,  Parliament, Joe Henderson, John Coltrane, Lucky Thompson, Wayne Shorter, Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderly, Gary Bartz and Gigi Gryce.  

     Originally from Bricktown, NJ, Andy developed his writing, arranging, recording and performing skills with the New Jersey-based funk band, BROWN.  After attending the Berklee College of Music, Andy moved to Boston, and found himself under the tutelage of George Garzone, Frank Tiberi, Danny Harrington, Bill Thompson, and Frank Wilkins.  Since moving to Boston, Andy has found no shortage of performing opportunities, playing or recording with George Garzone, Dennis DiBlasio, Cameron Brown, James Merenda’s Masked Marvels, Dennis Warren’s Full Metal Revolutionary Jazz Ensemble, Rusty Scott, The B3 Kings, Dave Bryant, Fully Celebrated Orchestra, Jim Hobbs, Peter Kennagy Big Band, Alex Lee Clark Big Band, guitarist Jon Damien, Jeff Galindo, Phil Grenadier, Steve Langone, Austin McMahan, Harold Layne, Luther Gray, Jon Damien, Charlie Kohlhase’s Explorers Club and Charlie’s Saxophone Support Group, Synte Rhythm, Steve Fell, John Frazzie’s Jazzadelic, singer songwriter Will Daly, and The Last Monday Band.  

      Andy also co-lead the Wild Sextet which hosted a weekly jam session at Matt Murphy’s Pub in Brookline, MA for five years. Andy was also Co-leader of the Devlin’s Brighton Wednesday night Jam Session. Andy Currently leads the ‘After Hours’ Friday night session at the Monkfish Jazz Club in Cambridge MA and plays a monthly residency at The Parlour in Providence with his original music group Clear Audience. Andy also leads a weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch at Barcelona in Brookline MA. 

    Also an in-demand music and jazz educator, Andy currently teaches elementary/middle school band and private lessons at multiple facilities around the greater Boston Area including the Milton ALP program and Brookline Music School

To take a lesson with Andy please email bostonsaxshoplessons@gmail.com