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Music Club: 4 October 2017
(Doors open 6:15 - Event Starts 7:00 - 8:15)

Title: The Battle of the Saxes
Speaker: Akram Najjar

Click Here to download the Play List (all found on YouTube)
Click Here to download the Presentation
Both in PDF format.

The Saxophone came into the soul of Jazz a decade or two after Jazz started. The late 20s or early 30s started with white bands competing with Black music that had migrated from New Orleans northwards. Bands needed louder sounds so, smoothly, the clarinet with its beautiful tone and wide register was replaced by the Saxophone.
Frankie Trumbauer (the partner of Bix Beiderbecke) started the revolution with his beautiful tonality on a C Melody Sax. He influenced the giants that came after him: Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Ben Wester. These in turn, influenced the generation that lived through Big Bands and Bebop: Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins. The 50s produced another wave of genius performers. Sadly, we cannot go through all of them as that would take years.
The talk will show video clips of 10 - 12 great sax players: soprano, alto, tenor and baritone players such as Gerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley. Most recently: Ornette Coleman and Branford Marsalis.

Akram Najjar is a graduate of AUB in Physics and Mathematics (1966). By 1969, he completed a degree in Electronic Engineering in University of Hertfordshire, UK. His professional life was spent in Information Technology and organizational management. He spent a lot of time on reengineering business and public sector processes.
When Akram was 14, he chanced upon an evening program that presented one Jazz great at a time. He was hooked in Jazz in parallel with his love for Classical music. In our earlier Season 3 and 4, he gave 2 workshops: "For the Love of Jazz" and "Ten Great Jazz Songs". He also gave a talk on "What is the Blues?" in Summer 2017.

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