By Devon S. Ford
Age 13 - Grade 9
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
During my summer vacation I attended a workshop for introduction to the saxophone, "Music Matters." The workshop was presented by saxophone instructor and composer, Daniel Richardson, of Altadena, CA.
We listened to several styles of music: jazz, blues, standards. They were performed by Mr. Richardson. On one of the jazz tunes we kept rhythm by tapping a pencil on our workbook. He gave us samples of improvisation on a simple tune that all children are familiar with.
I was amazed that he could hit so many keys using the palm of his hand, and that all the musical sounds came from one small instrument and one big person. Mr. Richardson shared with us the various jazz festivals where he performed in California and also the awards he received for his participation in local competitions, as well as national competitions.
My cousin from Atlanta remarked that this was the best music he ever heard by a saxophone player.