Tag Archives: Music

April 24

Divergent Directions: Music in the Twentieth Century

Music in the twentieth century saw composers moving in multiple directions. Some sought to break free from the strictures of harmony and the conventions of previous periods, while others rejected modernist ideologies. Nearly all composers felt the influence of communist and fascist regimes in Europe, either directly through censorship, or through working in opposition. The […]

March 09

Stan Getz Transcription – Yardbird Suite

Click the link below for a .pdf of my transcription of Stan Getz playing Yardbird Suite live at the Haig Club, Los Angeles in 1953 with Chet Baker. This tune appears on the album “West Coast Live.” Stan Getz Yardbird Suite – Tenor Saxophone – 2020-01-15 1324_1

October 04

Altissimo, Jungle Flute, and Deep-House Music. Summer in the Mediterranean.

Summer has finished here in the Mediterranean. It’s cooler now and I’m writing this long overdue update from a rainy Sicily. It’s been an interesting summer. I’ve devoted a lot of hours to really focused practicing and have developed some new things. This summer has mostly been about Altissimo, flute doubling, house music, and Aperol […]

June 10

Andrew D. Meyer Quartet @ Gallery 121 Tomorrow Night!

Tomorrow night (June 11th) I’ll be playing live jazz at Gallery 121 in Massillon, OH. Joining me for the evening will be Alex Ayers on piano, Vinny Vivaqua on bass, and Dustin May on Drums…lucky me! Music starts at 8pm. Gallery 121 is a really trendy spot with crafty cocktails and an interesting beer list. […]

August 31

New gig flyers

I forgot how much I like making these things! Here are some flyers I made for the next Bad Guys gig.

January 21

Henry Cowell ‘Air and Scherzo’

Does anyone know where to get the piano reduction for Henry Cowell’s ‘Air and Scherzo’ for alto saxophone and small orchestra? I played this piece for a competition years ago but seem to have lost my piano reduction. It also seems that it is not available anywhere on the internet. Henry Cowell was a true […]

December 08

Constellation wrap up.

Tomorrow I will be signing off the Celebrity Constellation after finishing a 4-month contract in the Celebrity Orchestra. This is the 4th ship I’ve been on and it has one of the best itineraries. I joined the ship in Amsterdam on the 1st of August and from there we did Baltic cruises stopping in Germany, […]

August 23

Connecting notes on clarinet: A short lesson based on ‘Ceora.’

I feel that connecting notes in a truly fluid way is the most important and most challenging aspect of clarinet playing. I’m always looking for new methods to approach this subject and recently I’ve been exploring the head to Lee Morgan’s ‘Ceora’ with this in mind. I chose this tune for two reasons; because it’s […]

July 26

How to get a cruise ship gig.

A lot of people ask me how to get a cruise ship gig. I thought I would post this to answer these questions and hopefully help some people get hired! There are basically 2 ways you can get hired by a cruise line. You can either contact the line directly or go through an agent/agency. […]

July 15

Daily Flute Warm Up

Warm ups. Not exactly a very sexy topic, yet so important.   I think you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who thinks warming up is unimportant, yet, strangely enough, many people go about it in a haphazard or random way. While this style will no doubt get the blood flowing and help you prepare […]