Saxophone Masterclass – 4th April 2019.
Southampton University, Highfield Campus, University Road, Southampton, SO17 1BJ.
JazzSmart are proud to announce in conjunction with The University of Southampton and D’Addario, an amazing one day saxophone masterclass with the fantastic Bob Reynolds.
Bob Reynolds is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and Grammy Award-winning member of the band Snarky Puppy. Widely known for his work with both Snarky and John Mayer, he is a prolific composer and recording artist with 9 top-selling solo albums to his credit. His latest release, Quartet, features his working band and debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart. They recently completed their first tour to sold-out audiences across Europe. The New York Times called Bob “a self-assured saxophonist and an unassuming yet effective composer.” An independent recording artist, Bob’s albums showcase his melodic improvisational style, tuneful songwriting, and, as the LA Times put it: “hip-swiveling” grooves.
His 2013 album Somewhere In Between, a seamless blend of jazz, blues, rock and pop, reached #1 on iTunes’ jazz charts, and in 2017 he released the albums Guitar Band and Hindsight, both of which landed in the top ten on the Billboard Jazz charts.
Born in Morristown, New Jersey, Reynolds grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, where he started playing saxophone at age 13. Although he listened to a range of music as a kid, by his late teens he was a dedicated jazz student. After high school he honed his skills at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where he mentored with George Garzone, Hal Crook, and others. Bob is a passionate educator and in-demand clinician. This summer he’ll lead his 5th annual retreat for saxophonists and, through his Virtual Studio, he’s spent the last 9 years helping musicians around the globe become confident improvisers. Bob lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. He shares insights on balancing a music career and raising a family with over 54,000 subscribers to his popular YouTube channel.
“A self-assured saxophonist and an unassuming yet effective composer…”
NEW YORK TIMES
“…Reynolds flexes an assured hand with melding hip-swiveling jazz and funk as a bandleader.”
“Some of the freshest, most compelling, and most soulful music I have heard recently. Bob Reynolds is an amazing musician, with something very exciting and original to say.”
Joshua Redman, Grammy-nominated saxophonist
“Bob is one hell of a saxophonist! His sound is rich and his execution is effortless.”
Michael Brecker, Grammy-winning saxophonist
Within the sessions Bob will cover everything and anything to do with the saxophone, improvisation, practice-time-optimization, the music business etc. We’ll try and squeeze in as much as we can. Bob will also be open to Q&A’s.
Dan Mar-Molinero, Head of Jazz and Pop at Southampton University, says “The University of Southampton Music Department is really excited to be partnering JazzSmart to bring in Bob Reynolds for a special one-off master class. As one of the foremost saxophonists and jazz musicians in the world, we are very proud to be hosting this event”.
Kevin Appleby, Concert Hall Manager at Turner Sims said “I’m delighted that linked to Turner Sims bringing Bob Reynolds and his quartet to perform as part of our international jazz series on Friday 5 April we can partner with JazzSmart and the University Music Department on this workshop. It promises to be a memorable two days with one of the stellar players on the global jazz scene.”. Tickets for the concert can be purchased here.
Session one: 12pm – 1.30pm
Lunch: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Session two: 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Afternoon break: 3.30pm – 4pm
Session three: 4pm – 5pm