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This episode is super special because I have not just 1, but 2 guests with me.

My first guest is Stefano Bedetti, the Italian saxophone phenom. 

(At the beginning of this episode, you heard an excerpt of him playing Shiny Stocking.)

Stefano is a self-taught musician who began to play tenor saxophone at the age of 14.

He discovered jazz listening to the records of Charlie Parker, Michael Brecker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Cannonball Adderley, Hank Mobley, Sonny Stitt, and all the other great cats of that era.

At the age of 19, Giulio Capiozzo (famous Italian drummer, and cofounder of the well-known group Area) was the first to notice his talent and invite Stefano to his group.

Stefano’s spontaneous way of playing, along with his huge sound, great technic, and melodic & harmonic articulations, have garnered him the attention of some of the big names in jazz music.  

Over the course of his career, Stefano has performed with many jazz stars including Billy Hart, Ed Howard, Victor Lewis, George Cables, Jimmy Howens, Dave Stryker, John Riley, Tony Scott, Adam Nussbaum, John Patitucci, Antonio Sanchez, and many others.

My second guest is Gary Sugal, who has been manufacturing fine quality custom-made saxophone mouthpieces for more than two and half decades. 

Serving both professional and semi-professional musicians worldwide, Gary Sugal has earned the respect and admiration of some of the top saxophone recording artists around the world for the quality and workmanship of his mouthpieces.

As a professional mouthpiece manufacturer for more than twenty-six years, the Sugal factory has produced more than 14,750 custom-made mouthpieces that are being played worldwide.

It has been Gary’s personal mission to help musicians benefit from the many years of experience Gary has had as a bona-fide mouthpiece manufacturer by producing what many musicians consider the “holy grail” and number one mouthpiece on the planet.

We talked about:

  • Stefano Bedetti’s musical beginnings in a small town in Italy
  • Stefano’s set-up, and practice routines
  • How Michael Brecker influenced his playing
  • What makes the Sugal mouthpieces special
  • How the 3D mouthpieces are made
  • and much more!


Gary Sugal has been gracious enough to give away 3 of his new Metallica mouthpieces – the 3-D Metal-Printed KWIII+ tenor sax mouthpieces. These mouthpieces cost $495 each, so this is an incredible opportunity.

And the winners will be able to choose their tip opening size.

These 3 mouthpieces do not come with the ligature or cap, but you will see some suggested ligatures below in the resources section that Gary mentioned.

Listen to the show so that you get Gary’s explanation of the mpc’s and how they are made, and stay tuned to the very end where I will announce how you can be one of 3 lucky winners of the 3-D Metal-Printed KWIII+ tenor sax mouthpieces.

Performers such as Kirk Whalum, Stefano Bedetti, Euge Groove, and many others have performed on Gary’s pieces.

I have played Gary’s 3-D printed mpcs and was in shock at how good they are.

Really easy to blow through and powerful – I couldn’t believe how powerful it sounded.

I reviewed the MBII Turbo and the Yeti 3d Printed metallic mouthpieces as well.

Winners will be chosen in a random drawing from entries received by Wed Oct 20, Noon Pacific time and we will randomly choose 3 people from the entries we receive.

Just go to to enter for your chance to win.

Entries must be received by Wed Oct 20, 2021, 12 Noon Pacific time

You MUST be entered to win!


Ligatures that fit the Sugal 3-D Metallica mouthpieces: Selmer conventional 404, Oleg, Silverstein, Rovner Star Series – size Alto Standard/ Tenor Slim SS-1RL


Sugal Website:

Sugal Mouthpiece Giveaway:  

Sugal YouTube Channel:

Stefano Bedetti Website:

Stefano’s Facebook:

Here’s the Video for this episode: