Take Five With Noah Becker

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Meet Noah Becker:

Noah Becker is a tenor saxophonist. A resident of New York City since 2004. Becker has recorded with Terry Deane, Kurt Rosenwinkel
Kurt Rosenwinkel
Kurt Rosenwinkel
b.1970
guitar
, George Colligan
George Colligan
George Colligan
b.1969
keyboard
and many other prominent musicians.

Instrument(s): Tenor, alto and soprano sax.

Teachers and/or influences? Pat La Barbera
Pat La Barbera
Pat La Barbera
b.1944
saxophone
, Bob Mover
Bob Mover
Bob Mover
b.1952
saxophone
, Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
b.1930
saxophone
, Lee Konitz
Lee Konitz
Lee Konitz
b.1927
sax, alto
, John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I found myself practicing a lot and listening to Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson
1937 - 2001
sax, tenor
.

Your sound and approach to music: Dry but wet.

Your teaching approach: Sound and time are most valuable assets. So many young players have sound and time issues in need of attention.

Your dream band: Paul Chambers
Paul Chambers
Paul Chambers
1935 - 1969
bass, acoustic
, Wynton Kelly
Wynton Kelly
Wynton Kelly
1931 - 1971
piano
, Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
and Jimmy Cobb
Jimmy Cobb
Jimmy Cobb
b.1929
drums
.

Road story: Your best or worst experience: A giant exploding truck tire flying at our car's window missed us. We were touring the southern United States in a car. It was a close call, very scary.

Favorite venue: Hermann's Jazz Club in Victoria, BC, Canada, mostly for the good treatment of musicians.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why? Where We Are. Recording with George Colligan and Kurt Rosenwinkel was a blast.

The first Jazz album I bought was: Joe Henderson, Page One.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? That's too big a question to give a specific answer to. I'm always trying to convey some warmth.

CDs you are listening to now:

Bob Dylan, Blonde on Blonde (Columbia);

ODB, Return to the 36 Chambers;

Sonny Rollins, Newks Time;

John Coltrane, Giant Steps (Atlantic);

John Coltrane, Soultrane (Prestige).

Desert Island picks:

Bob Dylan, Blonde on Blonde (Columbia);

ODB, Return to the 36 Chambers;

Sonny Rollins, Newks Time;

John Coltrane, Giant Steps (Atlantic);

John Coltrane, Soultrane (Prestige).

How would you describe the state of jazz today? It's difficult to say but there are a lot of new exciting groups out there.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Record sales, concert ticket sales.

What is in the near future? A duo record with George Colligan.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: An astronaut.

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