Saxophonist, Songwriter and Producer Michael Lington has been topping the Contemporary Jazz charts and winning many awards for over 2 decades with his 11 albums and hundreds of live shows.
Soul music really spoke to him at an early age, and Michael’s playing can be described as a mixture of King Curtis and Earl Bostic, with a serving of Dave Koz, a smattering of David Sanborn and you have Michael Lington.
In addition to performing as a front-man, one of his specialties is performing with great singers, such as Bobby Caldwell and Randy Crawford.
His brand new album, and first Christmas album, A Foreign Affair Christmas, features a Who’s Who of artists, such as Dave Koz, Vince Gill, Rick Braun and others. It’s a unique album with some twists to some classic songs from all over the world.
In this show, we talked about
Michael’s background in Copenhagen, Denmark
How he gets his amazing full tone and his influences
How listening to singers helped him create melodies
His interesting variation on long tones that brings his tone to the next level
The most important thing to work on in your practice routine
Advice he received from James Moody
His songwriting approach to his new Christmas album, and how he performed one of the tracks in 1 take
The priceless advice he got from touring with Barry Manilow
His thoughts on equipment and reeds
You can find Michael on social media:
On Twitter and Instagram: @LingtonSax
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I am just getting to this one. I really enjoyed this interview — Michael was another new saxophone voice to me…he is so insightful and so real about what he does, what his “limits” were/are, and also gave some good practice tips. Was there a video done of this one? I looked a bit but don’t see it so perhaps not. Most times I like to have a look at the video as well. Thank you.