New York City Saxophone Teachers
Alexandre Madeline studied classical saxophone at the Caen Conservatory, France. During this time, he played in many classical ensembles and had the chance to perform famous composer Eric Tanguy’s new original composition “Ritornello”, played for the first time worldwide. At this time, he studied ear training, classical singing, music history, tonal harmony and counterpoint. At the age of twenty, Alex got his classical saxophone Diploma (DEM). During this year, he started to practice jazz and play in different big bands and recorded for jazz, funk and pop music projects. But his greatest achievement was the successful run of his own project, the electro jazz quintet TBK, with whom he toured nationally in France, playing in some of France’s most prestigious jazz festivals (e.g. Jazz Sous Les Pommiers), opening for Maceo Parker’s concert at the Cargo in Caen.
After he got his classical diploma, Alexandre succeeded the audition for the Versailles Conservatory. There, he studied jazz with Sylvain Beuf, a famous French jazzman. He studied jazz harmony, arranging, and jazz saxophone. He stayed two years in Versailles Conservatory and got his Jazz Diploma (DEM). He played one concert with the NATO Jazz Orchestra (The OTAN Jazz Orchestra) in the Montanciers Theater of Versailles. During this time, he auditioned for the world-renowned Berklee College of Music and received the European scholarship in order to enter Berklee in January 2013.
At Berklee, Alexandre Madeline collaborated with pianist and Natioanl Artist Emil Afrasiyab and travelled to Azerbaijan for the Baku International jazz Festival 2013 where he shared the stage with Kenny Garret, Joshua Redman, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn and Bob James. They played at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Carnegie Hall for Abdullah Ibrahim’s master class, at the Kursaal in Bern, Switzerland, Reims Jazz festival, France, Saint-Germain-des-Prés Jazz festival of Paris, France and Colmar jazz Festival, France Alexandre also performed with renowned Jazz trumpet player Terrence Blanchard and Bass player John Clayton with the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra directed by Greg Hopkins.
After graduating from Berklee with a Performance Degree in May 2016, Alexandre Madeline moved to NYC were he is living now. In New York City, Alexandre performed many jazz shows with different artists included Clemens Grassmann, Fabio Giaccalone , Margot Sergent, Chris McCarty, Nick Dunson, Matthew Snow and more.
A native of Oakland, California, Jesse Levit started playing piano and saxophone at the age of seven. After winning numerous honors and performing with the SFJAZZ High School All-Star Band and the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Star Band, he has had the opportunity to perform with such talents as James Moody, Frank Lacy, Jim McNeely, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jane Monheit, Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Daniels, Peter Erskine, Wycliffe Gordon, Frankye Kelly, Sam Rivers, Dave Liebman, Lenny Pickett, Khalil Shaheed, Mark Levine, Diane Witherspoon, Benny Green, Stefon Harris, Seamus Blake, and Rufus Reid.
Jesse has been featured on three CDs: Oaktown Jazz, Pocketized, and Excursions. He currently resides in New York City and recently earned a master's degree from Manhattan School of Music. He performs regularly on piano, sax, and EWI in numerous venues around NYC, the Bay Area, and beyond.
Andrew Pereira is an artist, composer, and educator currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. He began learning the saxophone at age 9, and continued his formal education at both Rutgers and Temple Universities. During his time at school, Andrew had the privilege of studying under world class faculty, while steadily immersing himself into the vibrant music scenes of Philadelphia and New York.
Since completing his undergraduate studies, Andrew has established himself as a jazz performer, and been actively performing in a wide array of musical settings. Andrew has performed music featuring Peter Erskine, Walt Weiskopf, Ignacio Berroa, Gary Smulyan, among others. In small group settings, he has performed extensively as a sideman with some of the finest up-and-coming and established musicians from Philadelphia and New York. In 2016, Andrew was awarded 2nd place in the North America Saxophone Alliance Biennial Jazz Competition. Andrew has several recording credits to his name, and is an avid composer and bandleader.
Eric Juberg is a Brooklyn based jazz saxophonist and clarinetist. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz studies from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. While in Bloomington, Eric studied with Tom Walsh, David Baker, Frank Glover, Brent Wallarab, Michael Spiro, Wayne Wallace, and others. He now performs, teaches, and composes in a wide variety of contexts here in NYC.
Eric has several years teaching experience, from elementary and middle school beginners all the way to high school and beyond. He is comfortable teaching saxophone and clarinet at any level, and specializes in jazz theory and improvisation on both instruments. One of Eric’s central teaching philosophies is learning through listening and transcribing. This approach, combined with the goal of developing a solid foundation of instrument fundamentals, works especially well with younger musicians. Some of Eric’s other interests include wind synthesizers and sound synthesis, orchestral composition, and reading.
Praised as "expressive and dynamic" and "vocally splendid," American baritone Michael Kelly is sought-after for his riveting interpretations of recital, concert and operatic repertoire. Michael has performed with opera and orchestral companies including Carnegie Hall, Theatre du Châtelet, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Opernhaus Zürich, Chicago Opera Theater, Mark Morris Dance Group and Boston Early Music Festival. Michael has collaborated in recital with celebrated pianists Kathleen Kelly, Malcolm Martineau, Spencer Myer, Jonathan Ware and Brian Zeger. He has also won prizes in several prominent competitions, including first prizes in the Poulenc Competition and Joy in Singing. Michael can be heard on recordings for Naxos and eOne of world premiers by composers Mohammed Fairouz and David Del Tredici.
For over a decade, Michael has maintained a voice studio in New York City. He teaches from a position of his years of training at some of the worlds best facilities and from his experience performing in many different styles all over the U.S. and Europe. Teaching has also brought him to American universities, colleges and programs where he has given masterclasses, lectures on entrepreneurship in the arts and private instruction to many gifted students.
Nick York is a contemporary saxophonist, musical tutor and performing artist currently residing in New York City. He began learning the saxophone at age 8. In 2013 he graduated with honors from Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory (Master of music degree) specializing in saxophone and bassoon. Nick has won many awards in the All-Russian and International competitions and has also received awards from the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation.
Nick York has an extensive track record playing in orchestras and ensembles. He is actively engaged in sessions, studio and concert work. Nick is a saxophonist of the Manhattan Wind Ensemble. His teaching experience amounts to 10 years and through this time period he has been working with beginner to advanced-level students of any age. To any student Nick offers a tried-and-true combination of techniques that have eventually made up his state-of-the-art teaching method.