Ed Joffe's Woodwind Doubling Masterclass Series

Detailed descriptions of masterclasses on Woodwind Doubling, Sax Sectionals, the Flute, the Clarinet, the Saxophone, and Performance Practice.

The Art of Doubling

Part of the Ed Joffe Woodwind Doubling Masterclass Series, The Art of Doubling is a demonstration and discussion involving specific tips to improve one’s performance when switching quickly from one woodwind to another. Music from jazz, commercial and classical settings will be referenced.

This class will look at actual parts that doublers have had to perform, both as section players and as soloists.

Participants will be asked to play in both types of settings with music taken from Broadway shows, recording dates and concert repertoire.

The inherent problems presented by the musical selections including stylistic considerations, equipment choices, embouchure accommodations, subtleties of pitch and dynamics, etc. will be discussed and solutions offered.

Additional time will be spent on the differences the performer must attend to when performing in a pit scenario vs. a recording studio vs. on-stage concert performances.

The Doubles of the Doubles

Part of the Ed Joffe Woodwind Doubling Masterclass Series, The Doubles of the Doubles will include discussions and demonstrations of the secondary woodwind doubles including piccolo & alto flute; Eb & bass clarinets; and soprano saxophone. The class will detail the special considerations one must attend to with some of the more esoteric members of the saxophone, clarinet, and flute family of instruments. Music from commercial, jazz and orchestral scenarios will be performed in order to emphasize the special qualities that composers and arrangers utilize when writing for these instruments.

Sax Section Performance for Pros

Part of the Ed Joffe Woodwind Doubling Masterclass Series, Sax Section Performance for Pros is a clinic concerning ways to improve one’s ability to function successfully within a saxophone section. A variety of charts from a diverse group of arrangers including Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, Manny Albam, Marion Evans, Frank Foster and Thad Jones are used as playing examples of the types of musical requirements saxophonists will likely encounter when performing in sax sections in big bands, musical theater and/or behind singers. The demands of each chair in a traditional 5-person section (AATTB) and various approaches to playing each chair is demonstrated. Listening examples from many of the great saxophone sections are employed as reference guides during the class. Equipment choices for playing in a sax section vs. combo/solo settings are discussed along with techniques for playing different vibrato speeds and articulating in different registers at varying dynamics.

Reed Solutions

Part of Ed Joffe’s Woodwind Doubling Masterclass Series, Reed Solutions is a demonstration of equipment and techniques to improve the reed’s efficiency along with a discussion of diverse approaches for adjusting reeds. An examination of older and newer reed adjustment publications will allow the participants to gain a better understanding of the different methods that can be employed to make reeds more playable and sustainable. Contrasting musical examples of varying musical styles are provided as ideal ways to gauge a reed’s potential. Class attendees are encouraged to view “Seven Days to Reed Heaven” on the Articles page of Joffewoodwinds.com prior to the class.

All participants are requested to bring a saxophone and/or clarinet with the reeds and reed equipment tools that they currently use.

The Total Saxophone

Part of Ed Joffe’s Woodwind Doubling Masterclass Series, The Total Saxophone is a clinic devoted to an approach that integrates classical, jazz, commercial and pop styles of saxophone playing in one’s practice. Selected etudes from the works of Bozza, Karg-Elert, Koechlin, Mintzer, Fishman and Snidero will serve as a means for discussing various challenges that all saxophonists must attend to on a daily basis. A demonstration of the commercial recordings and individual styles of some of the great Hollywood saxophonists including Les Robinson, Ronnie Lang, Plas Johnson, Gary Foster and Dan Higgins will follow. Additional work focuses on the Pop/Rock/R&B saxophonists King Curtis, Hank Crawford and Dave Sanborn.

The Total Clarinet

Part of the Ed Joffe Woodwind Doubling Masterclass Series, The Total Clarinet masterclass will use selected classical and jazz etudes from Rose, Cavellini, and Artie Shaw as a means for discussing various challenges that all doubling clarinetists must attend to on a daily basis. These include legato finger technique; resonant articulations; flexibility and uniformity of tone; stylistic integrity; and equipment needs for classical, commercial and jazz performance. The influences of Daniel Bonade, Benny Goodman and Buddy DeFranco will be examined.

The Total Flute

Part of Ed Joffe’s Woodwind Doubling Masterclass Series, this class uses the classical etudes of Taffanel-Gaubert, Anderson and Karg-Elert along with selected solos by Frank Wess and Hubert Laws as a means for discussing various problems that all doubling flutists must attend to on a daily basis. These include developing a legato finger technique, attacks and releases, quick register changes, tone colors and uniformity of sound. The influences of the French School of flute playing upon American classical, commercial and jazz flutists will be explored.

The Woodwind Concepts of Joe Allard

Joe Allard was one of the most important woodwind performers and teachers during his lifetime, 1910—1991. As a clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone instructor at The Juilliard School, The New England Conservatory, The Manhattan School of Music, The Mannes School and at his studios in New York and New Jersey for 40 yrs., he literally influenced generations of woodwind artists. Mr. Allard himself was a student of a cross-section of some of the major artist/performers of the first half of the twentieth century: Ralph McLean, Chester Hazlitt, Gaston Hamelin, Daniel Bonade, Augustin Duques, Edmondo Allegra and Rudy Weidoeft. His performances as a clarinetist and saxophonist with every major freelance orchestra in New York as well as the NBC Symphony, Symphony of the Air, The Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra, The Band of America, The Voice of Firestone Orchestra, The Dupont Calvalcade Orchestra, and The Red Nichols and Red Norvo Orchestras allowed him to interact with a variety of instrumentalists and singers who helped cement his philosophies regarding music and woodwind pedagogy.

Mr. Allard’s philosophies and teaching methodology are the basis for the type of woodwind instruction I have offered in my teaching over the past 40 years. Please refer to the Articles page for a more extensive view of Joe Allard’s career presented in “Remembering Joseph Allard.”