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New CD! - November 14, 2013

Saxophonist Doug Rosenberg Releases Debut Album: Better Than TV at the Jazz Showcase, 10-December-2013


CHICAGO- 29-October-2013:

The Jazz Showcase welcomes Doug Rosenberg for a celebration of his debut album entitled "Better Than TV." The CD-release party will take place on Tuesday, the 10th of December, with shows at 8pm and 10pm. BTTV features all original compositions with a modern jazz sensibility arranged and performed by young innovators from Chicago.  This is Rosenberg’s first album after years of performing on the Chicago scene.


About Doug Rosenberg

Doug Rosenberg is a member of the new generation of jazz musicians composing and improvising music for the next century. The Chicago Tribune hails his “fearlessness of spirit and a robustness of tone that seem likely to win him a devoted following in coming years.” Rosenberg’s work on saxophone has an instantly recognizable sound and personal melodic language. He is best known for his work with Eastern Blok and Goran Ivanovic.  Doug Rosenberg has also collaborated with great musicians like Sam Barsh, Maurice Brown, Kelan Phil Cohran, Robert Glasper, Robert “Baabe” Irving III, Rakalam Bob Moses, and Kendrick Scott. Website:, e-mail: 


About The Jazz Showcase

The Jazz Showcase is the oldest historic jazz club in Chicago, Illinois, founded in 1947 by Joe Segal, now owned and operated by Wayne Segal (Joe Segal’s son).  Since 1947, the biggest names in jazz have played there, including: Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Milt Jackson, George Benson, Ahmad Jamal, Danilo Perez, Chris Potter. Today, the Jazz showcase continues to be a thriving Jazz club in Chicago and continues to bring in the top international & Chicago homegrown musicians.  Jazz Showcase presents live music 7 nights a week, located at 806 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL 60605  For more info, visit



Educational Info - July 4, 2007

Welcome to my educational page. I do a lot of teaching, so look for the part that concerns you.

Important info for parents:
• Payment is due…WHAT?!?!?
• 24-hour cancellation policy
• It is important for your child to see live musical performances. I play around Chicago a lot, and it can make a wonderful family outing. I encourage you to take your child to see the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, anything at Ravinia, a Tuesday night jazz set at Pete Miller’s in Evanston, or whatever you like.

Teaching outline:

Fundamental concepts:

• Rhythm
o Rhythm arrows
o Rhythm syllables
o Clapping
o Play slowy
• Embouchure
o Key things to remember:
 Tight corners- make dimples
 Chin should be flexed
 Top teeth are on the mouthpiece, about 1cm from the tip
 Don’t puff your cheeks, making dimples helps this
 Relaxed throat
 Tongue in the “EEEE” position
• Articulation
o Use the tip of your tongue, or just above the tip
o While separating notes with the tongue, the airstream must remain constant
• Scales
o Two octaves: Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F#
o 1 ½ octaves: F#, G, Ab, A
o 8th grade: Play slurred eight notes at quarter note = 120
o 10th grade: Play slurred sixteenth notes at quarter note = 120
o 11th grade: Play major scales in thirds, slurred sixteenth notes at quarter note = 120
• Airstream
• Hygeine
o Always brush your teeth while you play an instrument. You definitely don’t want to leave your lunch in the interior of your horn. It is gross, but more importantly, your pads will stick.


• How much should I practice?
o For all students, your weekly average should never go below 60 minutes per week
o It is better to practice 30 minutes twice than 60 minutes once
o Warm up with some long tones and scales
• What’s the best way to learn jazz?
o Copy some of your favorite songs- i.e. transcription

Advanced stuff:


If you are interested in bringing me for a masterclass, Selmer and Rico will help support such events. Here is an overview of my college program:

Doug Rosenberg, saxophones and woodwinds
Doug Rosenberg will demonstrate some of his improvisational methods. Creating modal sounds using odd groupings. Getting comfortable with odd time signatures, including various clave-patterns and other ethnic elements. Tone development. Daily practice routines. Reed maintenance. Doubling. Transcription and its fundamental importance to making music. Developing musical intuition. Creating a personal divergent voice. Composition. Learning repertoire and styles.

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