Jim has brought his passion and knowledge to many students of both saxophone and improvisation . He currently teaches saxophone at New School Jazz and Contemporary Music and New Jersey City University, and was a visiting professor at both Indiana University and Princeton University. Well-known private students include Lakecia Benjamin, Jason Marshall and Danny Zamir, among others.
Jim’s philosophy centers around musicality, both as a stylist and improvisor. This open concept allows for individual tastes and influences, while still building abilities that are required of any quality musician. Lessons involve all the skills Jim has gained over the past 35 years as a New York jazz recording artist; Language, Timing, Sound, Technique, Practice Discipline, Repertoire and more.
In addition to his university teaching studio, Jim teaches privately in New York City or via Skype or Facetime. Contact Jim for lesson fees and schedule.
- Improvisation Language
- Saxophone Technique
- Jazz Theory & Analysis
- Transcription Methodology
- Building a tune repertoire
- “Outside” concepts
- Composition and arranging
- Time Management
The best of the best; Jim working with students at Houston School for the Performing and Visual Arts.