Instructor profile

Steve SacksConveying a message of hope and peace through jazz which transcends the boundaries of genre

  • English
  • Japanese
Steve soprano casual crop
Instruments / courses
Saxophone, Flute, Jazz improvisation, Song Lyrics and Diction
Message from the instructor

Jazz and Latin American music are my passion. I'm a life-long learner and love to share my knowledge and 40 years professional experience with young (and young-at-heart) players and singers. (Some experience required.) Let's connect!

Lesson fee(50Minutes)
7,000 points (¥ 7,000)
The consumer tax will be added to your lesson price depends on the residency of students.
In other currencies
  • $ 64.81Dollar
  • ¥ 7,000Yen
  • € 56.45Euro

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For over 40 years, jazz saxophonist and Harvard-trained musicologist Steve Sacks has been communicating to students the theoretical and practical knowledge of jazz playing and singing, which he has accumulated through extensive schooling and a long career performing professionally.

During his 20 years in New York, he taught at City College of New York, the East Harlem Music School and at his own studio. Since moving to Japan in 1999, he has taught at the Senzoku Gakuen Music College jazz department, Meikai University, and Tokyo Christian University, as well as at special workshops and events in Tokyo and around the country, and at his private studio.

As a performer he has worked with jazz, Latin American and Brazilian music luminaries including Tito Puente, Astrud Gilberto, Paquito d’Rivera, Lisa Ono, David Byrne, Earl Klugh, the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. As a leader or co-leader he has released nine CDs of original music.

Musical Education:

Harvard University BA in Musicology (summa cum laude), 1975
Jazz history and theory studies with John Lewis (Modern Jazz Quartet)
Private improvisation theory studies with saxophonist/composer Steve Lacy
Jazz arrangement studies with arranger/jazz historian Andre Hodeir
Classical flute studies with Kathy Debost, Alan Cox, Keith Underwood
City College of New York, MA in Music, 1997. Jazz ensemble studies with Ron Carter, saxophone studies with George Young.