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Jazzadvice is a rapidly growing collection of the best advice we’ve picked up along the way on our never-ending path of musical development. What ever it may be, no matter how seemingly simple or complex, it’s advice based on experience that will make you a better musician and a more creative individual, pushing you towards your own goals. So pull up a seat and stay a while.

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About Forrest Wernick

A little info

I grew up in the Bay Area of California. I’ve lived throughout the country (California, Colorado, New York) learning and playing music extensively. When I’m not playing saxophone, you can find me rock climbing, drawing, trail running, and training in Muay Thai.

Education

University of Denver, Lamont School of Music, Jazz Studies/Saxophone, BM

William Paterson University, Jazz Studies/Saxophone, MM

Teachers

Studied extensively with: Art Bouton (4 years), Eric Gunnison (1 year), Harold Mabern (1 year), Rich Perry (2 years)

Took a few lessons with: Adam Niewood, David Demsey, Donny McCaslin, Peter sommer, Rich Chiaraluce, Seamus Blake

Some other teachers I spent a lot of time with were: Al Hood, Alan Joseph, Keith Oxman, Kenny Walker, Lynn Baker, Mulgrew Miller

Although this is not nearly everyone I’ve learned from (I apologize if you’re not listed. Let me know and I’ll add you), I feel honored to have spent time with and befriended so many incredible teachers!

About Eric O’Donnell

Some info

Originally from Northeast Ohio, I moved to New York/New Jersey to go to graduate school. In my free time I am usually working out, reading, or training for a marathon.

Education

University of Akron, Jazz Studies/Trumpet, BM, Classical Performance/Trumpet, BM

William Paterson University Jazz Performance/Trumpet MM

Teachers

Studied extensively with: Jack Schantz (5 years), Scott Johnston (5 years) Bill Mobley (2 years), Dave Rogers (2 years)

Took a few lessons from: Ingrid Jensen and Laurie Frink

Also worked closely with Mulgrew Miller