Interview this Thursday!

This  Thursday from 3-6 PM PST we’ll be doing an interview on the Blake Aaron Radio show!  You can tune in any number of ways: on 88.5 FM KSBR, Cox Channel 967, or streamed over the internet on ITunes or  As part of the interview, we’ll be premiering a new song, so be sure to tune in!

We also might play a song or two live!

In other news, I just recently finished recording a track for a charity album being produced by one of my endorsement companies. Vibrato Saxophones is currently putting together a project featuring several of their artists to help support music education in Thailand. Each of the songs on the record was written by their King, King Bhumibol Adulyadej who also happens to be a saxophone player and composer.

It’s been an absolute honor to be a part of the project. The tune I recorded is called “Lullaby” and hopefully there will be a clip up soon.

I also wanted to let you know that both of the books that are available on Teen Jazz have been updated! Advice for Young Musicians has been updated with advice from our latest interviewees (with one new chapter) and The Album Checklist Bundle has been greatly expanded! It is now 54 pages instead of 27 and has two new chapters. Advice for Young Musicians is free while The Album Checklist Bundle is only $1.99.

Lastly, I’m officially an author on Goodreads! I’m pretty excited about it. You can check out my author profile here.


Teen Jazz’s One Year Blogiversary and Other News

Teen Jazz celebrated it’s one-year blogiversary since it’s renovation yesterday, and it was an exciting day. I know that I’ve mentioned the site before, but just in case you’re new here, Teen Jazz is a website and community I run for up and coming musicians. The site has seen several milestones in the last 12 months and I look forward to many more months of exciting developments in the future.

U-Nam and I also had an interview with Trish Hennessey over at Hybrid Jazz Radio, but due to technical difficulties, the interview has been rescheduled to September 17 at 12pm PST. Hope to see you there in the chat!

Last week we also released, “Open Beta” our first EP as Nivo Deux. Excited doesn’t even begin to express the way I feel about this project, and we have a few exciting things planned in the next few weeks that I’ll announce shortly.

We also have a few other interviews with Coffee Talk Jazz Radio, Funky Band (for our French Speaking friends – ahem Eric), and Talking Smooth Jazz. You can check out where we’ll be here.

Second to lastly (yeah, that’s a thing now), I’m really excited about my new endorsement with Vibrato Saxophones. If you haven’t had the chance to see my new saxophone, it’s really pretty. AND, it sounds great. Plus it’s fun to play.

Finally, on Sunday/Monday we’re going to be doing an awesome giveaway with the Rheuben Allen Education Foundation at Teen Jazz to celebrate our anniversary and the start of the school year. So get ready!

How has your week been? I’d love hear to what you’ve been up to in the comments!

Vibrato Saxophones Welcomes Nivo Deux Saxophonist Shannon Kennedy to US Artist Roster

Saxophonist Shannon Kennedy and her Vibrato plastic Saxophone

BANGKOK, THAILAND // August 16, 2013 // Up and coming saxophonist Shannon Kennedy of Nivo Deux has joined Vibrato Saxophones as one of their US Artists. The California-based artist is well known not only for her 80s pop and smooth jazz sax style but her commitment to outreach and educational programs for teens and aspiring musicians.

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