Educational Outreach

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All of the members of Spin Cycle have extensive backgrounds in education and are active and dedicated¬†teachers in New York. They have taught at The New School, The City College of New York, Lehigh University, Nyack College and The Fieldston School as well as having active private teaching studios. They have also given workshops and clinics at many universities around the world. The band has also published a number of educational books including saxophonist Tom Christensen’s recent book of jazz etudes for the saxophone and bassist Phil Palombi’s transcriptions of Scott Lafaro’s bass solos.


Workshops available with Spin Cycle


Modern Improvisation: This workshop covers the latest in improvisational techniques as practiced by the band including odd meter soloing, advanced harmonic techniques and vocabulary building.

Instrumental clinics: Spin Cycle can work with your guitarists, bassists (electric and acoustic), drum set players and saxophonists (as well as flute, clarinet and oboe) either in sections (rhythm and saxophone) or with the entire band. These workshops can focus on anything from instrumental technique to specific improvisational concepts.

Starting up: Building your band’s profile from scratch: Spin Cycle gives solid advice on how to get your band off the ground and working. Topics include finding a record label, web presence, talking to club owners and presenters and producing your first recording.

The New York Scene: Members of the band discuss their 25+ years of experience as freelance jazz artists offering an inside look at what it takes to build a career in the competitive New York scene. Topics included networking, specific skill sets needed for success and ideas getting started during your first year in the city.

Tom and Scott’s recent article in Downbeat on a rhythmic approach to improvisation


Tom Christensen’s book of Saxophone Etudes available at

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Phil Palombi’s book of Scott Lafaro bass solos available at

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