Grammy nominated saxophonist Tim Armacost has established himself as one of the most distinct saxophone voices on the New York scene today.
Touring regularly around the world both as a sideman and a leader, Armacost has worked with a phenomenal number of jazz greats, including Al Foster, Jimmy Cobb, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Billy Hart, Victor Lewis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Peter Erskine, Ray Drummond, Roy Hargrove, Don Friedman and Randy Brecker.
Armacost has recorded 14 critically acclaimed albums as a leader, performed on more than 60 as a sideman, and has recorded over 100 original songs and arrangements. Armacost is a widely respected educator, teaching at the Jamey Aebersold and Stanford Summer Jazz Workshops, at Queens College in New York City and as a clinician at Universities throughout the U.S., Japan and Europe.
Armacost co-leads the New York Standards Quartet, the Brooklyn Big Band, and In Trio, and is currently working on music for two new projects: a chord-less quartet featuring Gary Smulyan, John Patitucci and Al Foster, and a new quartet with Jim Ridl, Ugonna Okegwo and Rudy Royston.
Tim’s new book, The Jazz Saxophone Book, published by Sher Music, has received wide acclaim from many jazz legends, such as Jamey Aebersold, Bob Mintzer, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi and others. This is not just for saxophonists! There’s information and exercises for everyone at all levels of improvising.
We talk extensively about the content in Tim’s book, as well as his thoughts on creating it in this episode.
Tim Armacost is a D’Addario Recording Artist, playing D’Addario reeds exclusively.
We also talked about…
- Following your own aesthetic vision
- How Tim warms up
- Tim’s transcription exercise
- Tim’s Inevitable Note Exercise
- How to get out of the improvisation rut
- And much more!
Tim’s website: https://timarmacost.com/
Jazz Saxophone Book: https://www.shermusic.com/9780991077380.php
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Sher Music Co., are the publishers of Tim Armacost’s “The Jazz Saxophone Book” and over 100 other world-class jazz and Latin Music publications, from authors such as Hal Galper, David Berkman, Rebeca Mauleon, Barry Finnerty, Marc Johnson, Michael Spiro.You will also find the best-selling books by the late Mark Levine, “The Jazz Theory Book” and “The Jazz Piano Book.”
Sher Music started out primarily as a publisher of the ONLY professional-level jazz fakebooks on the market, “The New Real Books” and their quality is still unmatched, as shown by endorsements from Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, Maria Schneider, Dave Liebman and many others. One of our newest projects is the Jazz Songbook Series with separate digital-only books of compositions by Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Steve Swallow, Kenny Werner and Alan Pasqua, among others.
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Love your podcasts! I live in Brisbane Australia and I would like to make suggestion for your non-USA listeners… could you pls, when using abbreviations (e.g., NAMM) speak out the full name so that I (and others) outside the US or maybe outside the LA area, can understand what you are talking about. I did find NAMM (though initially I Googled NAM; however, when Tim Armacost mentioned GEM or JEM (sp?) I had no idea what he was referring to nor could I find anything in Google (probably b/c I didn’t know the abbreviation he was using. Doing this will make it more adaptable to (hopefully) more listeners not in the USA.
Thanks Charles. The organizations mentioned, while based in the U.S., are international. NAMM is the National Association of Music Merchants. (I have many previous episodes from prior NAMM Conferences) JEN is the Jazz Education Network.
Hi Donna… thnx for your speedy reply! I first found out about your podcast as I regularly hook into Jamie Anderson’s YouTube videos, so I’m kinda working through your podcasts backwards!! I’ve never heard of NAMM or JEN in Australia and there’s scarce info about either that is married to Australia. I’ll check the podcasts you’ve included about them soon. Really enjoy your podcasts as they give me over an hour break from my usual work (supervisor/tutor for counselling/psychology students). BTW I’ve taken up soprano sax recently, though I’ve a lot of work to do!!
You’ll get a lot of gold from these episodes – glad you found us, Charles 🙂
Superb interview!! I am a new Tim fan and may go back and listen to this interview again! Many takeaways for me. First, I just love the tone of Tim’s speaking voice — he very easy to listen to. On a practical level, I especially appreciated the “drop your hand on the piano” demonstration he did — to get the three notes and then make something of that. I am experimenting a bit already with that. And, I enjoyed the discussion about improvisation – that (almost) anyone can do it as we do it with language everyday. I’m going to hop over and have a look at his new book to see if it is something that might work for me.
I have to say, Tim’s book is really worth getting! I did not get a free copy – I bought mine and gave my honest opinion in my own review of it.