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Greg Fishman started playing professionally in Chicago at the age of 14. He graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a degree in Jazz Performance, and earned a Masters Degree in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University.

Greg is an expert on the music of Stan Getz, and has authored 3 transcription books of Getz’s material.

Greg is the author (and publisher) of Jazz Saxophone Etudes Volumes 1 – 3, Jazz Saxophone Duets, Volumes 1 – 3, Jazz Phrasing for Saxophone, Volumes 1 – 3, Hip Licks for Saxophone, Lobster Theory, Jazz Guitar Etudes, Jazz Trumpet Duets and Tasting Harmony™.

Greg has a new membership site at (You’ll hear a lot about what you will get when joining when you listen to this episode.)

Greg teaches jazz master classes and college workshops nationally and internationally, and is on the faculty of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop.

When not on tour, Greg is based in the Chicago area where he performs locally and teaches at Greg Fishman Jazz Studios. Greg Fishman is a Rico artist and plays Rico reeds exclusively.

To learn more about Greg Fishman, visit his website at

Here’s what you will hear in this episode:

  • Who Greg’s most influential teachers and influencers were
  • How to be a great soloist
  • How to think about practicing and growing the right mindset for playing
  • Chord scales or chord tones? Greg’s take…
  • The benefits of transcribing
  • How to use play-a-longs properly
  • The correct order for using Greg’s Jazz Etudes series
  • Why it’s so important to hear the notes/phrase BEFORE you play them
  • Numerous examples of Greg demonstrating how to use licks
  • Tons of Greg’s analogies to help you understand concepts


Check out the video interview below (and please share 😊)