Press and Testimonials
In this, the era of specialization, musicians, just like those in other professions, have followed suit. Things were not always this way. In the 1700s musicians were not just performers, but also composers, arrangers, teachers, producers of concerts, guest soloists, copyists, conductors, contractors, etc. In fact, those who we remember best from that era, Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi, Haydn and Mozart, as well as many other musicians, did it all; it was the accepted norm. Today there are very few who do it all, and of those who do an incredibly small proportion of them do it all extremely well. One who does is Javier Arau.
Saxophone Journal, July/August 2009
[Arau] does it as well as anyone I have ever heard. Extremely gifted composer. Very bright future.
Bob Brookmeyer, composer/bandleader
A complete musician. The total package.
Jerry Bergonzi, saxophonist/educator
Remarkable and obvious talent.
Ken Burns, film-maker
Special. Very special.
George Russell, theorist/composer
Perhaps the most complex piece of the night for both the orchestra and the audience was Arau’s ‘Fantasy Episodes.’ The music had identifiable motifs with an underlying urban grit. [Arau is] someone to watch. He knew what he was doing.
The Oakland Tribune
Beautiful music! Amazing!
Benny Golson, saxophonist/composer
[Arau's] ‘Paper Train’ is a marvelous bit of modern composition. Arau’s ‘Missouri Blues’ toys with the edges of funk and fusion, and he puts grit into his tone to match. …Good music based on strong roots.
All About Jazz
Wow! Something different for a change. Your playing is great and the sound is huge and lush. I love it…Keep it up.
Phil Barone, master mouthpiece maker and saxophone designer
Great writing, playing, educational material. You are the complete package.
Alex Budman, L.A. clarinetist/saxophonist/arranger
He was a wonderful speaker. more…
Feedback from Javier’s presentation on Musician Injuries
American Society of Hand Therapists National Convention, Boston, Massachussetts, October 26, 2008.
(86% of respondents rated this course as excellent or very good.)
I really learned a lot in lessons this year. I’ve had a lot of on-and-off instruction in jazz, but the things we covered this term were new to me and very helpful (min 3rd sub, ways of thinking about the ii-V). more…
Student evaluations, Lawrence University, 2007
Thanks for all your great teaching. We all think you’re great. more…
Various Parents and Students, NYC private lessons