Teaching testimonials for Greg Fishman Jazz Studios:
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. His etude book is a good example of some of what he does. Greg is not only a fantastic saxophonist, he is a marvelous teacher. You cant go wrong with anything that comes from Greg Fishman.
I studied with Moody in the 1980's. He's a wonderful human being. Moody continues to inspire me to this day. The last time he performed in Chicago, we got to hang out and do some playing, and we had a great exchange of musical ideas. A few weeks after our last meeting, he sent this beautiful testimonial. Thank you, Moody!
Jazz is a language and Greg Fishman is one of its most fluent speakers. He has a beautiful mind that relates jazz concepts to basic everyday life themes, and those concepts will help you progress faster than ever before.
David Kromelow, Alto Saxophonist, DePaul University
Greg Fishman plays melodies, and that is something that is being lost with saxophone players today. Lessons with Greg always remind me of listening to a classic jazz record, because he always incorporates jazz style, rhythm, and harmony in the lesson. His ability to relay his ideas in a concise manner truly makes him stand out among jazz educators, and I am very pleased to study with him.
Michael Davenport, Tenor Saxophonist, Whitney Young Magnet High School
Studying with Greg Fishman has been a wonderful experience for me. Greg has eyes and ears for musical details that I never even thought to examine prior to studying with him. He is also a true student of jazz, able to uncannily capture the sound, style, and phrasing of countless saxophone greats at the drop of a hat. Top it all off with a studio that also functions as a massive jazz reference library, and I leave every lesson with a wealth of information that I reexamine for weeks and months after a lesson.
Evan Cobb, Tenor Saxophonist, Northwestern University
What I like most about Mr. Fishman is that he provides direction in his teaching. He assigns tasks, and after I master them, I feel a real sense of progression. Lessons cover all aspects of music, from improvisation to getting gigs. His studio is first rate: students can play along with Mr. Fishman on piano, bass, or sax, or they can jam with any one of fifty thousand classic recordings which he has stored on his computer. I know that if I stick with Mr. Fishman, he will take me to the top.
Donnie Bungum, Tenor Saxophonist, University of Chicago
My foundations in jazz came through studying with Greg Fishman, a musician and a teacher of the highest caliber. Mr. Fishmans teaching methods are effective because I can see how they've helped him as a professional player, and that makes me want to keep practicing. Not only is he an incredibly talented musician, but he epitomizes what it means to be a student of the music. He never stops learning, and that was an inspiration to me as his student. As one who has been to dozens of jazz festivals at the high school and college level, no clinic has been as helpful to my playing as studying with Greg. I couldn't ask for a better teacher!
Andy Kim, Alto Saxophonist, 1998 Downbeat Award Winner, Northwestern University
Greg Fishman's teaching is by far the most focused and in detail instruction I have ever had. Every lesson provided substance, and inspiration for hours and hours of practice. His attention to harmony and saxophone technique is only surpassed by his emphasis on beautiful melodies.
Andrew Hadro, Baritone saxophonist with Chico Hamilton's Quintet.
One of the great things about Greg Fishman is his ability to keep sight of the bigger picture while focusing on small details. My playing developed greatly under Greg's tutelage, and I would recommend him to anyone looking to improve any aspect of their musical endeavors.
Blake Lyman, Alto Saxophonist, MFA student, California Institute of the Arts
"Greg Fishman is a master of both the theoretical and artistic aspects of jazz improvisation. Along with his excellent ability to communicate his thoughts, this combination brings completeness to his method found only in the highest level of teachers."
Sean Rholl, Tenor Saxophonist, North Park University
"I enjoy my lessons with Greg Fishman because there is always more to learn from him. When it comes to jazz improvisation, Greg knows just what to teach, and how to teach it in the right way."
Cary Foxx, Tenor Saxophonist, Lake Zurich High School
"Greg Fishman is an extraordinary musician and is even a better teacher. His lessons are a wonderful rollercoaster ride through the riches and complications of improvisations, but Greg takes you through each step with care and dedication."
Hiro Kawashima, Tenor Saxophonist, New Trier High School
"Mr. Fishman is a master musician and teacher. His musicality, technique, and teaching methods serve to support and also push his students towards excellence in all musical situations. Students simply do not learn out of a book or off a record; Mr. Fishman shows by example what it means to be a master player."
Alex Beltran, Tenor Saxophonist, Indiana University
"Greg has the ability to make complex musical concepts understandable to even the most inexperienced jazz student. He taught me how to analyze the music for myself, and he has helped me to reach towards to the ultimate goal; using music as a tool to express my soul."
Will McKenna, Tenor Saxophonist, Evanston Township High School
If you would like to schedule a lesson in person (at Greg Fishman Jazz Studios, 824 Custer Avenue in Evanston, Illinois) or a phone or web-cam lesson, email me at: email@example.com
or call 847-334-3634.
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