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Greg Fishman

Breaking news from
Greg Fishman Jazz Studios

Jazz Saxophone Etudes Volume 4 has just been written, and it will be available in the fall of 2015.

A new, updated website is in development. It is looking great and it will launch this summer.

Greg Fishman's Summer Saxophone Workshop is all set for August 15th & 16th in Evanston, at 826 Custer Avenue, from 12pm - 5pm. Cost of the workshop is $250

Enrollment is limited to just 30 saxophonists.
Reserve your space today and purchase your tickets here:

Join the new Greg Fishman Jazz
Studios Facebook group
Teachers and students around the world are joining this new group where we focus on one of my etudes each month and post performance videos. Great place to network with fellow teachers and players.

If you've been thinking about studying with Greg Fishman via Skype Video, now's the time!

The Skype lessons are fun, interactive, and provide amazing results. I'm currently teaching Skype sutdents in the United States and in over ten countries around the world. All playing levels welcome!

Click here to find out more! Or, purchase your lesson today and I'll be in touch to schedule your first lesson..
$85.00 Skype Lesson with Greg Fishman

New Book! Hip Lick for Guitar

Hip Licks for Guitar
Retail Price $29.95
Sale Price $24.95
ii mi7 / V7 (Slow) mp3 ii mi7 / V7 (Fast) mp3
V7 licks (Slow) mp3 V7 licks (Fast) mp3
V7b9 licks (Slow) mp3 V7b9 licks (Fast) mp3
ii mi7 / V7 / I (Slow) mp3 ii mi7 / V7 / I (Fast) mp3
by Greg Fishman

Master guitarist, Mike Allemana recorded Hip Licks for Guitar in the fall. The book is at the printer, and will be available in the next few weeks. The licks sound amazing on the guitar, and this will be a welcome addition to the product line.

Guitar BookBundle!

Jazz Guitar Bundle

Hip Licks for Guitar
+ Jazz Guitar Etudes
Only $44.90

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Teacher's Page

This page features teachers around
the world who use my books as a key part of their lesson plans. If you're an educator using my books, and would like to be added to this list, please send a photo and website/email details.

Thanks to everyone who has written to me in the past few weeks with great feedback on the new books. Below are just a few of the many great letters and comments I've received in the past two weeks. I'm really glad that everyone is enjoying the books.


I just want you to know how much I value your duet and etude books. They are produced beautifully and are wonderful at teaching style, phrasing, articulation and a general jazz sensibility to my students. The lines you create are also fine examples of approaches to improvising. Besides all the instructional value in your books, the music is fun to play! Add to that your great saxophone playing and the high quality of your rhythm section and I couldn't be more pleased.

Regards, Jeff Jones, Shingletown, California, USA

Hi Greg,

My students and I like the books very much. They are beautifully edited, recorded and played. The structures are very clear, and the etudes are melodic and very educational.

Patrick Milbou, Belgium


--Karl L. Brunson, Ph.D., Leesburg, Virginia, USA

Hi Greg,

The new books are excellent, the usual high standard. I shall enjoy playing them with my students, many of whom I have recommended to buy your books over the past few months.

Would just like to add that one of the most useful from a teaching point of view has been 'Jazz Phrasing for Beginners'.

Keep 'em coming.

--Geoff Bowles, United Kingdom

Hey Greg,

Two thumbs WAY up for your work. Thank you for making the etudes accessible to guitarists (and C instruments).

Best regards,

John Atkinson, Los Angeles, California, USA

Great duet books! They are interesting, exciting, very melodic and a useful tool for building sax skills! (And they are FUN to play!!)

--James Metcalf,
Marina, California, USA


Hip Licks for Saxophone Bundle
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Duet Book Bundle: Get Sax Duets Vols. 1, 2 & 3
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Jazz Saxophone Etudes, Vols. 1, 2 & 3 by Greg Fishman

Etude Book Bundle: Get Sax Etudes Vols. 1,2 & 3 for Only $59.85

Intermediate Book Bundle: Get Jazz Phrasing for Beginners,
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Jazz Saxophone Etudes, Vols. 1, 2 & 3 by Greg Fishman

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Six Book Bundle: Get Sax Etudes Vols. 1, 2 & 3 + Sax Duets Vols. 1, 2 & 3
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Seven Book Bundle: Get Sax Etudes Vols. 1, 2 & 3 + Sax Duets Vols. 1, 2 & 3
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Eight Book Bb Bundle: Get Sax Etudes Vols. 1, 2 & 3 + Sax Duets Vols. 1, 2 & 3
+ Jazz Phrasing for Beginners + Tasting Harmony Bb Edition

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E-mail Lessons available now

If you've been thinking about
studying with Greg Fishman via E-mail, now's the time!
The email lessons are fun, interactive, and really provide great results. Click here to find out more!
$75.00 Lesson
by E-Mail with Greg Fishman
All Playing Levels Welcome.

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Greg Fishman & Judy Roberts
perform at the Monterey Jazz Fest
September 19, 2009

Jazz Guitar Etudes
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"Perfect for the student of Jazz." --Michael Brecker

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World Class trumpeter Brian Lynch had this to say about the new trumpet duet book:

"I dig them a lot - I use them with my students. They are very playable while presenting good jazz vocabulary." ––Brian Lynch

Jazz Trumpet Duets
Retail Price $24.95
Sale Price $19.95
Attention Jazz Trumpeters

I'm proud to announce the release of my latest book, "Jazz Trumpet Duets." This is the trumpet edition of "Jazz Saxophone Duets."

The duets sound great on trumpet, and top Chicago trumpeter Mark Olen does a fantastic job performing the duets on the play-along CD. Same great rhythm section as the sax version.
Click on the CD to hear the trumpet version of "Columbus Drive."

Etude Book

Jazz Sax Etudes
Retail Price $24.95
Sale Price $19.95

"This is one of the most concise and easy to digest collection of solos over standard tune chord changes that I have seen. All the elements of good voice leading, passing notes and common scale usage are here. Very enjoyable!!"
––Dave Liebman


"Finally a hip jazz duet book from a sax man who can really play. I recommend this to any teacher who wants to share good music with his students."-- Phil Woods

Duet Book

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Each of the 10 duets has four corresponding CD play-along tracks:
1. Saxes 1& 2 + Rhythm Section
2. Sax 2 + Rhythm Section
3. Sax 1 + Rhythm Section
4. Rhythm Section Only + extra choruses for soloing.

There are 40 tracks per disc
x 3 discs = 120 tracks! Each CD contains 74 minutes of music.

Mark Colby plays one of the tenor parts. I'm playing both alto parts. The rhythm section is the same great team that I had on the Jazz Saxophone Etudes play-along.

The duets are playable by:
2 Altos
2 Tenors or
Alto & Tenor


New Product now available:
Transcription Paper. Finally, the perfect paper for your transcription projects, with only 8 staves per page, and lots of room for ledger lines and chord symbols.

$6.95 Per Pad. (50 Sheets)


Lessons by web cam or phone
now available.

Need help with chord spellings, jazz theory, articulation, phrasing, ear training, etc? You don't need to travel to Chicago to study jazz improvisation with Greg Fishman. By popular request, webcam (i-sight for mac or yahoo messenger for pc) and telephone lessons with Greg Fishman are now available.

Call 847-334-3634, or e-mail Greg today to schedule your private lesson by phone or online. Convenient payments through Paypal.

Click HERE to download a free practice planner! This planner is designed to help you organize your jazz improv practice time.

Click on "Chords" button above
for correct spellings of 105 chords.

Click HERE to see a list of
the 1000 most common jazz standards. If you're looking to expand your tune repertoire, this list is a great place to start.

Featured Jazz Theory Articles:

Notes of Departure ...and Arrival

The Desired Dissonance of the Diminished Chord, Part I

The Desired Dissonance of the Diminished Chord, Part II

A Bridge To Be Crossed
(an in-depth look at the bridge of Cherokee)

Click here to visit
Greg Fishman's performance website, This site features Greg's CDs, performance schedule, photos and more!

Click on the button below to tell a friend about this site - they'll receive an e-mail of this web page.

Click here for Recommended Jazz and Transcription Books.

Click here to visit PM Woodwind Repair
I personally recommend PM Woodwind Repair for all of your saxophone repair needs. They are strictly a pro level shop, and always have a great selection of vintage Selmer MK VI saxophones, as well
as full selection of reeds in stock.
Recommended Links:
Judy Roberts
Judy Roberts, the world-class singer/pianist is a true Chicago legend! Her site features her CDs and performance schedule.
Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman's site features Dave's inspiring articles and insights.
Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker's site features news of upcoming releases and a detailed performance itinerary.
Bob Sheppard's site features his great CDs, reviews and interviews.
Harry Allen
Check out Harry's great CDs and download free leadsheets on some of his original tunes.
George Marsh
Fantastic drummer and educator. Site features some samples of George's unique teaching approach
Ray McMahon's site features great jazz CDs by Harry Allen, Scott Hamilton and a great listing of top jazz clubs in New York.
Shannon Kennedy's site features articles and reviews from a teenage perspective. The site also provides free hosting for teen jazz players.
Rex Djere's site features sax discussion groups as well as reviews and articles.
Tim Price
Saxophonist and educator Tim Price's site features great educational articles and interviews, including a great interview with Lew Tabakin.
Two For Brazil
This duo co-lead by the legendary Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Paulinho Garcia and saxophonist Greg Fishman. The site features performance schedule, CDs and photos.
Paulinho Garcia
Paulinho is world-class. If you like Brazilian jazz, you simply must hear him. His site features reviews, CDs and his performance schedule.
Jazz Improv Magazine
Eric Nemeyer has created a wonderful resource for all aspiring players. Each issue is packed with great features and articles.
Chicago Jazz Magazine
This magazine features articles, interviews and CD reviews of the best players in Chicago.
Randy Hunter Jazz
This site features beginning level jazz etudes.
This site features sax solo transcriptions and downloadable licks.
Greg Vail
This site features the smooth jazz saxophonist's recordings.
This site features sax equipment reviews.
This site features sax lessons and discussions of the music business.
Sax on the Web
Harri Rautiainen's site features lessons, book reviews, and sax forums.
Sweet Sue Terry
Sue's site features her CDs, bio, blogs, and her book, "Practice Like the Pros."
Kim Pelletier
Kim's site features saxophone related cartoons and links.
Gary Keller
Check out Gary's great site which includes his recordings, performance schedule, and sound samples from his group, Miami Saxophone Quartet.
Hal Galper
Hal's site is packed with useful articles and insights. Check out his book,
Forward Motion
From Bach to Bebop
A Corrective Approach

to Jazz Phrasing
It will transform your playing!
Skipp Spratt's great site features practice materials, interviews and transcriptions.
Cindy Mcleod's site features Jazz and Blues Music News, reviews, interviews. Especially focuses on Canadian Jazz Scene
A web portal with ten different types of search categories.
A great saxophone site with free transcriptions, articles and product reviews
Jeremy Wilson's incredible site lists the 1000 most common jazz standards. Great for research.
Used saxophones and Vintage saxophones
17 Year old Jazz saxophonist Alex Han's site.
Richard Thurgood's site features lessons, excercises and forums.
Kristen Strom
Saxophonist Kristen Strom's site features her new CD, performance schedule and bio info.
Claire Daly
Saxophonist Clair Daly's site features her bio, CDs and performance schedule.
Randy Vincent
Guitarist Randy Vincent's site features his CDs, performance schedule and bio info.
AMT - Applied Microphone Technology
Fantastic Microphones endorsed by Liebman, Brecker, Lovano, Rollins.
Saxophonist Greg Banaszak's site features
clips from his recordings, reviews, and bio information.
Beethoven and Company
Print Music, Sheet Music, Scores
RS Berkeley Musical Instruments
High Quality instruments at affordable prices
Bill Harrison's site features play-along tracks in all 12 keys.
Ken Peplowski
Clarinet Virtuoso Ken Peplowski's site features his performance schedule and his great blog.
Stan Sorenson
Jazz Guitarist Stan Sorenson's great site features his performance schedule and teaching info.
Sax Society
Koh (Mr. Saxman's) Sax Society is the top Saxophone store in Thailand.
Scott Burns

Study with Scott at Greg Fishman Jazz Studios in Evanston, Illinois
Jennifer Barnes
Vocalist Jennifer Barnes has a
great site with her performance
and teaching information.
Corey Christiansen
Guitarist Corey Christiansen's site has photos, bio and performance info as well as info on his excellent books.
Mike Allemana
Guitarist Mike Allemana performs all of the etudes on the play-along CD for "Jazz Guitar Etudes." Mike's site features performance, bio, CD and contact info.
Evan Cobb
Nashville, TN- based saxophonist Evan Cobb's site features bio, CD and performance info
Colin Kellam is a jazz fan and historian of the highest order. He has created a unique website, that helps to raise the profile of jazz musicians world wide & assist in promoting their gigs & commercial DVDs & CDs.
Jamey Aebersold's fantastic website features all of his play-along books and his entire catalog of jazz related products.
Jazzwise Direct offers a unique mail order service for musicians, schools and colleges. Our catalogues are packed with outstanding jazz tutors, play alongs, fakebooks and DVDs guaranteed to take both learners and teachers to the next level.

Quotes from
players, teachers and critics:

"A powerful sight reading, ear training, swinging, improvising jazz tool. Perfect for the student of jazz."
––Michael Brecker

"These etudes are little masterpieces. I will be using these with virtually all my students from now on.
––Mark Colby

"A lot of the students with whom I come in contact will definitively get this book on my recommendation. It looks deceivingly simple, but looks are deceiving. Greg is not only a fantastic saxophonist, he is a marvelous teacher."
––James Moody

"This is one of the most concise and easy to digest collection of solos over standard tune chord changes that I have seen. Very Enjoyable!!"
––Dave Liebman

"Every saxophone player should be practicing these." ––Tim Price

"Your etude book is very well done. I've been using it to teach phrasing."
––Bob Sheppard

"This is a written version of the way jazz is supposed to be taught."
––Saxophone Journal

"I cannot even begin to praise this book enough."
––Jazz Improv Magazine

"Jazz Saxophone Etudes is bound to become one of the classics of saxophone literature for the advancing player." ––Ed Svoboda,
Sax on the Web

"Your book is tremendous and much needed...This will now be a required text in my studio." ––John Vana, Associate Professor of Saxophone at Western Illinois University

"This is among the best jazz saxophone publications I have seen in recent years. Every teacher and student of jazz needs this book in their practice room or studio ––get one! ––Skip Spratt,
Sax Shed

"Jazz Saxophone Etudes has everything I look for in a practice tool."
––Patrick Langham, Director of Jazz Studies,
University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music

"Your book offers a fresh approach to the jazz idiom without sounding like etudes!" ––Wally West, Saxophone Teacher,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"The book is really well done and perfect for my advanced high school students and beginning jazz majors here at UM." ––Gary Keller, Associate Jazz Saxophone Professor,
University of Miami

"The best thing about the book is that it is applicable to an intermediate student all the way to a seasoned pro." ––Brad Eastin, Saxophone & Clarinet Teacher,
Colorado State University Pueblo

"The lines are gorgeous and imaginative. They'll definitley trigger new ideas in you." ––Nick Drozdoff, Professional Trumpet Player and Teacher,
Chicago, Illinois

"It has certainly expanded my mind, approach and ears." ––Greg Balas, Saxophonist, Phoenix, Arizona

"You forgot to include a warning with your book that the etudes are insanely catchy! A hell of a lot more fun than Voxman studies." ––Ed Zentera, Saxophonist, Troy, Michigan

"I especially like your explanations at the front of the book, and your recommendations for practicing." ––Barbara Lafitte, Oboe teacher, Berklee College of Music in Boston

2-Day Workshop cost is $249.00

Class size is limited to 30 players, and spaces are filling up quickly.
You can reserve your spot by purchasing your ticket through Paypal or by calling me at 847-334-3634.

We'll be working on the following topics:

• Tone
• Jazz Articulation
• Technique
• Dynamics
• Chords (great new systems for learning and memorizing the chords).
• Scale Construction
• Hip Licks (how to use the Hip Licks book and integrate the licks into your vocabulary).
• Theme and Variation
• Voiceleading
• How to Memorize a Tune
• Ear Training
• Practice Strategies

Retail Price $29.95
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V7b9 - Fast Tempo Version (Tenor)
V7b9 - Slow Tempo Version (Tenor)

ii- ii-maj7 / ii-7 V7 / I Maj7 - Fast (Alto)
ii- ii-maj7 / ii-7 V7 / I Maj7 - Slow (Alto)

Minor Chords - Fast (Tenor)
Minor Chords - Slow (Tenor)
V7#9#5 / i mi Fast Tempo (Alto)
V7#9#5 / i mi Fast Tempo (Tenor)

iv mi7 / bVII7 / I Maj7 | (Alto)
iv mi7 / bVII7 / I Maj7 (Tenor)

Turnarounds - Fast (Alto)
Turnarounds - Fast (Tenor)

Hip Licks for Saxophone is designed to help saxophonists develop fluency in the jazz language by providing mainstream jazz vocabulary (swing/bop/post-bop) that nails the changes and lays great on the horn.

Think of Hip Licks for Saxophone as a musical reference book, like a dictionary of great licks in all twelve keys, available when you need it. You can open the book to any page and just start playing.

"Greg, Let me congratulate you on your new book, Hip Licks for Saxophone.
It’s excellent!"
––Jerry Coker

New iPad apps....

New for iPad!

Jazz Saxophone Etudes Volume 1

Alto Version
on the iTunes app

New for iPad!

Jazz Saxophone Etudes Volume 1

Tenor Version $12.99
on the iTunes app

New for iPad!

Hip Licks for
Saxophone Vol.1

Alto Version
on the iTunes app

New for iPad!

Hip Licks for
Saxophone Vol.1

Tenor Version $12.99
on the iTunes app

New for iPad!

Hip Licks for
Saxophone Vol.2

Alto Version
on the iTunes app

New for iPad!

Hip Licks for
Saxophone Vol.2

Tenor Version $12.99
on the iTunes app

The Lobster Theory will expand your musical universe! A must for all students and teachers!

"It has already impacted my approach to jazz improvisation" –Shane Piers, Holland, Michigan

"If you're looking for some 'mind-triggers' for jazz improv concepts, get The Lobster Theory!"
–Charles Pratt III, Los Angeles, CA

"Fishman's analogies are profound, easy to grasp and fun!" –Greg Alper, Los Angeles, CA

"Fantastic book...helps you think about your practicing in a different light." –Don Kelly, Austin, TX

The Lobster Theory
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Sale price $24.95

The Lobster Theory is a groundbreaking new approach to learning the language of jazz.
It’s a book of musical concepts brought to life through the use of clever analogies, illustrated by New Yorker Magazine cartoonist Mick Stevens. Foreword by Jeff Coffin.

Click HERE for more details about the new Lobster Theory book.

New Book Bundles on Sale!

• Hip Licks Bundle

• Phrasing Book Bundle

• Duet Book Bundle

• Etude Book Bundle

• Intermediate Book Bundle

• 6 Book Bundle

• 9 Book Bundle

• Full Set - 12 Book Bundle

New Release - Now available, by popular request!

Jazz Phrasing Studies Volume 1 features the same great songs as
Jazz Phrasing for Saxophone Volume 1, but in a universal edition!

Includes transposed parts for all C (treble clef), Bb, Eb and C (bass clef) instruments. 

This book is perfect for individual and ensemble use. Band directors can order multiple copies, hand out the books to the entire band, and they're set for the entire year with ten great songs that can be used for daily warmups, phrasing studies, sight-reading, intonation training, section balance, etc. The format is perfectly designed to instantly create customized arrangements featuring each section of the band playing at different rehearsal letters of the songs.

The songs also work well as "head-charts" for concert performance, easily opened up for multiple soloists. 
The play-along CD features demonstration tracks played by Greg Fishman on alto and tenor saxophone, Victor Garcia on trumpet and Russ Phillips on trombone.

This book is also fantastic for saxophonists to work on their "doubles" of flute and clarinet.

104 Pages
1 audio CD
8.5 x 11
1ea. Book
.Retail: $29.95
Band Director Pack of 20 books
Retail $599.00
Band Director Pack of 25 books
Retail $748.75

$24.95 Sale Price

$399.00 Sale Price

$499.00 Sale Price
MP3 Samples from Jazz Phrasing Studies Vol. 1:
Ogden Ave (tpt) / Narragansett Ave (tenor) / Belden Ave (tbone)

The Etudes Series features straight-ahead jazz solos over standard changes. A must for getting your playing to the next level.
Alto Sample Tenor Sample
State Street State Street
Alto Sample Tenor Sample
Cicero Ave Cicero Ave
Alto Sample Tenor Sample
Broadway Street Broadway Street
Jazz Saxophone Etudes
-Volume 1
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Jazz Saxophone Etudes
-Volume 2
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Jazz Saxophone Etudes
-Volume 3
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"This is a really great book!!!! A powerful sight reading, ear-training, swinging, improvising jazz tool. Perfect for the student of jazz."
––Michael Brecker

"This is the perfect foundation for learning jazz."
––Jamey Aebersold
Jazz Phrasing for Saxophone
-Volume 1
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Jazz Phrasing for Saxophone
-Volume 2
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Jazz Phrasing for Saxophone
-Volume 2
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Beginning - Intermediate Level
(Previously titled Jazz Phrasing for Beginners)
Beginning - Intermediate Level Inermediate Level

Special Features of Jazz Phrasing for Saxophone:

Suggested Use Section - Provides detailed instructions on a variety of ways to work with the book.

Idiomatically Correct - Both Alto and Tenor read the same written part - every song is in the perfect register.

Style & Analysis Section - Provides clear, concise explanations of sequence, variation and voice-leading

Would you like to use Jazz Phrasing Volume 1 on your I-Pad?
Jazz Phrasing for Saxophone - Volume 1 is now available as an ipad app:
Click HERE for tenor version for ipad | Click HERE for alto version for ipad

Jazz Saxophone Etudes - Volumes 1 - 3

Sax Masterclass on iTunes! Click HERE to hear a free sample from my jazz saxophone masterclass!
I'm proud to announce the release of my first audio mp3 Jazz Saxophone Masterclass.

I cover many important topics in this half-hour masterclass, including: articulation, phrasing, note-groupings, swing feel and more!

Throughout the masterclass, I use the first etude in Jazz Saxophone Etudes, Volume 1, "Halsted Street" to demonstrate playing techniques essential for all aspiring jazz saxophonists. Greg Fishman Sax Masterclass on iTunes!

New! Lessons with Greg Fishman via Skype Video!

With the advances in technology, Skype video lessons are now a great way to study with me from your own home, whether you're in France, Japan, Mexico, Europe, Canada, or anywhere in the U.S. I usually teach Skype lessons on Sundays. It really works! Please contact me at: to schedule your lessons today.

Sax Duets
Volume 1

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Sax Duets
Volume 2

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Sax Duets
Volume 3

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"Finally, a hip jazz duet book from a sax man who can really play. I recommend this to any teacher who wants to share good music with his students."
––Phil Woods

Tasting Harmony
C Edition

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Tasting Harmony
Bb Edition

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Tasting Harmony
Eb Edition

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Tasting Major 7ths on Maj7 Chords Tasting #9ths on Dom.7th Chords Tasting 11ths on Minor 7th Chords

Ear Training fun with Tasting Harmony by Greg Fishman.

Tasting Harmony is designed to teach your ear to focus on the sound of each individual chord tone
while simultaneously hearing the full chord. This is a new approach to ear-training, utilizing the concept
of synesthesia; the mixing of the senses.

Want to read even more about the new book "Tasting Harmony" by Greg Fishman? Click HERE!

Trumpet Books from Greg Fishman Jazz Sudios:!

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Photo Gallery

Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman perform on the Yamaha stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival,
September 19th, 2009.

Hello Albuquerque!

Greg Fishman performs with Stu MacAskie on piano at Scalo in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
While driving across the country, I had the pleasure of performing with pianist Stu MacAskie
and his excellent trio at Scalo in July 2009.

Thank you to Brad Bietry and BAM (Broadmoor Academy of Music) in Colorado Springs for bringing me in as a clinician to work with music students at nine different high schools and colleges. It was a fantastic week, and everyone was sounding just great at the concerts. I'm looking forward to my next visit to Colorado later this year.

Below: Pictures from four of the nine clinics in the Colorado Springs area, April 2009. Thank you to all
of the schools, teachers and students who made this trip such a success. I really enjoyed working with the
students, and I look forward to seeing each of you again!

I just completed my first masterclass play-along CD for Saxophone Journal. The article and masterclass CD
will appear this summer in the July issue of Saxophone Journal.

Below: Kenosha, Wisconsin! Thanks to director Steve Carmichael and to all of the great students
at Carthage Collge for having me out to the school to give a masterclass, clinic and concert. It was great to
work with all of you, and you sounded fantastic on the concert. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you again
in the future.

Another funny analogy about music....

Greg performs in concert with the big band.

Saxophone Masterclass, April 2nd, 2009

Greg discusses aligning your ear with your horn.

Concert program

Greg Fishman with director Steve Carmichael.

Thanks to Rico Reeds for sponsoring my appearance at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisonsin!

Watch Greg Fishman perform in Cocnert with
Toots Thielmans in
Singapore, December 20th 2008

Click HERE to see Greg Fishman featured on Samba De Orpheus
with the rhythm section and percussion.

Click HERE to see Greg Fishman perform in Singapore with Toots Thielmans
playing Days of Wine & Roses.

Greg Fishman Masterclass at NASA conference, 2009 @ UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO:

Thank you to all of the students and faculty members who attended my
clinic. It was a pleasure working with you!

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Greg Fishman signs as a Rico Reed Artist!

While teaching at the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop, Gary Campbell turned me on to the Rico Jazz Select reeds, and I've been playing them ever since.

These are truly the finest reeds I've ever played. They have incredible depth and warmth, and they play right out of the box, with very little break-in time. I'm playing the Rico Jazz Select 3 Hard, Unfiled reeds.

Thanks to Gary, fellow Rico artists James Moody and Bob Sheppard, as well as Rory Mazella at Rico. I'm proud to be of the Rico team!

In September 2007, I had the honor of teaching and perfroming as an artist-in-residence at the University of North Carolina. Jim Ketch, head of the jazz studies program, made all of this possible. In addition to being an incredible trumpeter, Jim is a dedicated educator. I'm looking forward to many more visits to his school. Below are a few of Jim's comments and reflections on my stay at his school.

"Greg Fishman is an outstanding jazz artist and a superb clinician for university, college, and high school jazz programs. Greg has spent years studying the beauty and nuances of jazz expression and his tenor saxophone solos are the logical extension of his vivid aural imagination. He plays what he sings so convincingly. Every chorus is a rich model for study.

The joy in working with Greg is that he has all the intellectual gifts to explain his artistry in very clear terms. His deep love of the music and his total dedication to the art form were simply apparent in every minute of his four day artist residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The audiences were thrilled with Greg's stunningly beautiful improvised solos and my students and I were inspired to work harder and with more intention. Not only would I welcome Greg Fishman back as a guest artist and clinician, I would welcome him as a colleague on the bandstand, on the road, or in a teaching environment." 
Jim Ketch
Chairman, Music Dept. University of North Carolina 

Greg Fishman with UNC jazz ensemble after the concert, September 29th, 2007

If you're interested in having Greg Fishman at your school for a jazz masterclass/workshop
or concert, please call 847-334-3634 or send an e-mail to:

It's an International Thing....

I'm very pleased to announce that my books are being used in the following countries/regions:

U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Thailand, Italy, France, Switzerland, Belgium,
Singapore, Japan, The Netherlands, Argentina, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Australia, South Africa,
Austria, New Zealand, Russia, China, and Turkey!

Jazz is truly an international language, and I'm very proud that my books have found their way into the
practice rooms of saxophonists in all of these countries.

Just for fun....

This summer, I visited Stan Getz's daughter, Bev, in upstate New York, to talk about a
possible new book about Stan's music. Bev is a wonderful person, and she's rehabilitating
these previously abused horses. What beautiful animals!

I thought that the horn might scare them, but they loved it! They were completely quiet and
still while I played. Alaska, the white horse, was looking right into my eyes as I played.
For those curious, I played Johnny Mandel's "Emily." The brown horse is named Charlie.

It was a great honor for me to be teaching alongside legendary jazz educators Jerry Coker and David Baker at the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Workshop from June 30 - July 13th. I had a wonderful time, and met some fantastic students and teachers from around the country. Thank you Jamey, for making me a part of your team!
The gig in Bangkok was a fantastic! A three week tribute to the music of Stan Getz. It was an honor to perform with such a fantastic group in a great setting! Plus, the promotion for the gig was amazing--check out the 20 foot sign above!
Mr. Koh (right) is the top saxophone player in Bangkok, and he set up a masterclass for me to teach ten saxophone instructors my approach to jazz improvisation. Koh was translating my comments into the Thai language for the group.
We had a great day at Koh's "Sax Society," a retail saxophone shop, and teaching center in Thailand, just outside of Bangkok.
Sax masterclass at Silpakorn University, Thailand
These masterclasses were a lot of fun, and everyone left the class with new ideas for practicing and improvising. If you're interested in having me give a masterclass at your school, please contact me by calling 847-334-3634. I'm currently booking masterclasses in the U.S., Asia, and Europe for the 2007 - 2008 school year.

I'm truly honored to be on the cover of the May/June 2007 issue
of Saxophone Journal. I've enjoyed this magazine since I started
playing in 1979, and I recommend it as a great resource for all saxophonists.

Jazz Saxophone Duets by Greg Fishman

"This is one of the most concise and easy to digest collection of solos
over standard tune chord changes that I have seen. All the elements of
good voice leading, passing notes and common scale usage are here. Very enjoyable!!"

––Dave Liebman

"I have known Greg Fishman for a long time. He has a very analytical mind. 
He knows how to get in between the cracks to give you what you need musically. 
This book is a good example of some of what he does. A lot of the students with
whom I come in contact will definitively get this book on my recommendation. 
It looks deceivingly simple, but looks are deceiving. Greg is not only a fantastic
saxophonist, he is a marvelous teacher. You can’t go wrong with anything that
comes from Greg Fishman."
 ––James Moody

“I wish I had material like this when I was coming up. These etudes are
little masterpieces. There is such a wealth of material to learn from here.
Great line construction and great conceptual ideas. Having the rhythm
section continue after the etude is a great idea! I will be using these with
virtually all my students from now on. Greg Fishman has done a terrific
job of putting this book together, and the play-along rhythm section is first class!“

 ––Mark Colby, Depaul University, Elmhurst College

"Your etude book is very well done. I've been using it to teach
––Bob Sheppard

"This book is a written version of the way jazz is supposed to be
taught - learning from a great player who truly understands how to
distill the language into clear, understandable terms. Chicago-based
saxophonist Greg Fishman has composed a set of etudes based on standard
tunes that are one of the best collections of this type I've seen. The lines he
composes are textbook versions of postbop saxophone improvising, and will
give students at all levels a wealth of material to practice and internalize.
Fishman is equally well-versed as a teacher and as a saxophonist - it's a
rare combination that is showcased in this book."
––David Demsey, William Paterson University, Saxophone Journal

"The book is really well done and perfect for my advanced high school
students and beginning jazz majors here at UM."
––Gary Keller, Associate Jazz Saxophone Professor,
University of Miami

"A great new addition to any practice routine for students and professionals
alike. Improves rhythm accuracy, flexibility,sight reading skills and strength
in all registers and styles. . . and it's fun! Every saxophone player should be
practicing these ."
––Tim Price

Greg Fishman and Paul Maslin of PM Woodwind Repair
at the IAJE convention in New York, January 11-14th, 2006

Greg Fishman with the legendary tenor saxophonist Plas Johnson,
backstage on the Holland America Jazz Cruise before performing
together in concert. November 4th, 2005.

Newly found photo of Greg Fishman performing with Benny Golson at the old Jazz Showcase.

Greg Fishman Biography

Saxophonist and flutist Greg Fishman is an accomplished performer, recording artist, author, teacher and clinician. Born in Chicago in 1967, he grew up in the northern suburbs, graduated from De Paul University, and earned his Masters Degree in Jazz Pedagogy at Northwestern University. He is one of the foremost experts on the music of Stan Getz, and is the author of three Getz transcription books for Hal Leonard.

Greg has performed with such artists as The Woody Herman Band, Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Jackie & Roy, Marian McPartland, Ira Sullivan, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Lou Donaldson, and Eddie Higgins.

Greg co-leads the popular Brazilian duo, "Two For Brazil" with Brazilian born guitarist/singer, Paulinho Garcia. The group, formed in 1998, has performed at major venues and jazz festivals around the world, including a 16 city tour of Japan on the Concord-Fujitsu Jazz Festival, as well as festivals in New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Bangkok and the Netherlands. They've just released their 4th CD, "Take Five" to critical acclaim. To read more about Two For Brazil, visit:

Greg also performs and records regularly with the legendary Chicago singer/pianist, Judy Roberts. They have recorded three CDs together, been featured at the North Sea Jazz Festival, and just returned from a successful concert tour of Israel. To read more about Greg's jazz performing and recording activities, visit

Greg has more than 20 years experience in teaching jazz improvisation. He's transcribed more than 600 solos. During the 1990's, he was the private jazz improv teacher at eight different schools in the Chicago area, teaching more than 60 students per week. It was during this intense period of teaching that he developed his unique method of teaching jazz, theory and improvisation.

Greg has just released his latest book, "Jazz Saxophone Etudes," which received endorsements from Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, and Mark Colby. It is quickly becoming the textbook of choice for jazz saxophone professors at universities throughout the United States.

In 2004, Greg opened Greg Fishman Jazz Studios, a state of the art , custom built music teaching studio, located at 824 Custer Avenue, in Evanston, Illinois. Greg teaches jazz improvisation, transcription, ear-training, and theory to some of the most promising players in the area. The studio shares space with PM Woodwind Repair, the finest saxophone repair shop in the country, which is located at 822 Custer Avenue. To schedule a lesson, e-mail Greg at: or call 847-334-3634.

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