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December, 19, 2022
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM




Improve Your Improv Immediately, With “Fake Confidence!”

Clinic Synopsis:

It takes a lot of hard work learning scales, transcribing, learning jazz standards, etc to improvise well. But an overlooked part of improvising that can immediately take anyone’s performing to the next level involves “Fake Confidence” - playing in a way that forces the audience to believe what you’re playing. Everyone’s at least a little nervous, but listeners don’t have to know. And pretending to be confident makes you actually play better!

Derek Brown - Biographical Information

From his 30+ million views across social media to his appearance on international television and NPR’s Weekend Edition, Billboard-charting saxophonist/innovator Derek Brown and his one-of-a-kind solo “BEATBoX SAX” project has been exploding across the world music scene. As described by jazz journalist/historian Scott Yanow, "Brown performs unaccompanied solos that occasionally make one recall Bobby McFerrin in his early prime and the great saxophonist Eddie Harris . . . utilizing slap-tonguing, circular breathing, a wide interest in musical styles and dazzling coordination to create rather unique music." Derek has presented solo concerts and clinics in all 50 United States and over 25 countries around the world (almost 200 total international shows)! Known for his boundless energy on stage, creative audience interaction, and musical depth, Derek’s live shows always surprise and delight. His ongoing “BEATBoX SAX” music videos and tutorials on YouTube have been enormously popular among saxophonists and music lovers alike (over 150,000 Youtube subscriptions), leading to endorsements with Legere, JodyJazz, P.Mauriat, BG France, and AKG. Previously the director of jazz studies at Abilene Christian University for six years, Derek received his BM in Music Performance (Classical and Jazz) from Hope College in 2006 and his MM in Jazz Studies at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in 2008.