I just got finished taking a master class/lesson with Minnesota Symphony player, Chuck Lazarus and I thought I'd share a little about my lesson.
It was great to have Chuck come down. Not only is he a orchestral player, but he has a jazz combo group. He has a very innovative style that comes through in his compositions. To start the class, he played for us some of his works. He has a strong, bright sound. He's also a funny, well informed person. I definitely liked him. For me, the issue was my ability to sustain through the phrases. I was getting a big sound, but I just wasn't sustaining. I honestly could not hear that I wasn't. Chuck also talked a lot about eliminating things that get in the way of your playing such as hand positions, posture, and embouchure. It was great to have him down and I definitely enjoyed my lesson with him. Check him out HERE. Also, I posted a video of him and Manny Laureano jamming. Check it out! Enjoy.