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The University of Tennessee employs two renowned faculty to teach saxophone within the school of music. Dr. Allison Adams focuses on the classical repertoire, while Gregory Tardy specializes in jazz. Students are encouraged to interact with both professors during the course of their study.

Dr. Allison Adams

Allison AdamsAs assistant professor of saxophone at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Allison Dromgold Adams teaches private lessons, coaches quartet rehearsals, and directs a weekly solo class for UT's classical saxophone studio.

Dr. Adams holds a B.M. in Music Education and Performance from Ithaca College, a M.M. in Music Performance from the University of Minnesota, and a D.M.A. from Arizona State University. She has taught saxophone at both Ithaca College and Cornell University. In addition, she has also served on the faculty of Ithaca College's Summer Music Academy, teaching Yoga for Musicians in addition to studio saxophone. Her non-college teaching experience includes directing elementary and middle school band, and teaching private woodwind and piano lessons.

Dr. Adams has recently been featured in recitals at Ithaca College, Western Carolina University, Cornell University, the Northeast Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference, the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, and the Syracuse, NY recital series, "Civic Morning Musicals." An avid proponent of new music for the saxophone, Dr. Adams actively commissions composers to write for the instrument. Works she has commissioned include Flames will Grow by Dominick DiOrio and Rumination and Manifestation by Keane Southard.

In addition to her solo work, Dr. Adams is a member of the Estrella Consort, a saxophone quartet based in Phoenix, AZ. With this group she has performed and presented master classes domestically and abroad. Outside of her role as a performer, her research has focused on the integration of body awareness techniques and music pedagogy.

Her main saxophone teachers have included Steven Mauk, Eugene Rousseau, and Timothy McAllister.

Learn more about Dr. Adams by visiting her website.

Gregory Tardy

Gregory TardyGreg Tardy is Assistant Professor of Music in Jazz Saxophone. Born into a musical family, Tardy began his musical career studying classical clarinet. While studying with renowned clarinetists Russell Dagon and Jack Snavely, Tardy planned on being a symphony clarinetist. During college he gradually switched to saxophone, and began learning jazz music. In 1992, Tardy started playing with the legendary drummer, Elvin Jones, and recorded his first CD, Crazy Love. He has gone on to perform and/or record with many prominent jazz artists including: Andrew Hill, Tom Harrell, Dave Douglas, Wynton Marsalis, Jay McShann, Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, Steve Coleman, Betty Carter, Don Byron, Bill Frisell, Rashied Ali , Ellis Marsalis, Brian Lynch, John Patitucci, and many more.

He has also performed and/or recorded along with many other notable saxophonists, such as Joe Lovano, Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Dewey Redman, Ravi Coltrane, and others. He has toured extensively nationally and internationally; both as a bandleader, and as a sideman.

In more recent years, Tardy has gone full circle, by bringing his clarinet out of retirement, using it on recordings by Tom Harrell, Ohad Talmor/Steve Swallow, Stefan Harris, Chris Potter and Andrew Hill.

He also has recorded 11 CDs of his own, including one on the major "Impulse" label. His CDs have been covered by most major publications such as Downbeat Magazine, All About Jazz, Jazztimes, etc. In 1998, Tardy was nominated as Best Debut Artist for the New York Jazz Awards. He has been prominently featured on several Grammy winning CDs, and also on several CDs named Downbeat "Record of the Year". He is currently on the "Steeplechase" label. His latest newest CD "Hope", is due to be released in January 2014.

Learn more about Professor Tardy by visiting his website.

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