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Jay Metcalf

Better Sax Website

Jay Metcalf is an esteemed saxophonist and the visionary founder of Better Sax, a comprehensive online resource dedicated to saxophone education and performance. With a career spanning over two decades, Jay has cemented his reputation as a masterful performer, innovative educator, and influential figure in the global saxophone community.

Born with an inherent passion for music, Jay Metcalf began his saxophone journey at a young age. After high school, he pursued a career in music, continuing his music studies at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in classical saxophone performance. Later he earned his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies and Arranging at the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College in New York.

Jay Metcalf’s professional career is marked by versatility and excellence. Based in France, Jay performs around the world with his performances spanning jazz, classical, and contemporary music, showcasing his ability to adapt and innovate within different musical landscapes.

In 2017, Jay founded Better Sax, a website dedicated to providing high-quality saxophone education to students of all levels. Better Sax offers a wealth of resources, including instructional videos, courses, gear reviews, and practice tools designed to help saxophonists improve their skills and achieve their musical goals. Jay’s clear and engaging teaching style has made Better Sax a trusted source for saxophone education, attracting a global audience of enthusiastic learners.

Through Better Sax, Metcalf has leveraged the power of digital media to reach a broad audience. His YouTube channel, also named Better Sax, boasts a substantial following, with millions of views on his educational videos. Jay’s insightful content, combined with his approachable demeanor, has made him a beloved figure in the online saxophone community.

In 2020, Better Sax dove into saxophone manufacturing. Frustrated by the cost/quality tradeoff associated with new saxophones, Jay wanted to deliver a high quality horn at a reasonable cost. The Better Sax alto was the first step in this process. beginning in 2021, he partnered with Jody Jazz to release the Better Sax Burnin mouthpieces. And in 2024, the Better Sax tenor saxophone was released. Better Sax also sell reeds and other saxophone accessories.

Jay Metcalf’s impact on saxophone education extends beyond Better Sax. He is a sought-after clinician and educator, regularly conducting workshops and masterclasses at schools, universities, and music festivals around the world. His commitment to fostering the next generation of saxophonists is evident in his dedication to accessible and effective music education.

Jay Metcalf’s journey from a passionate young musician to a respected educator and performer is a testament to his talent, hard work, and vision. Through Better Sax, he has created a lasting legacy that empowers saxophonists around the world to achieve their full potential. Jay Metcalf’s contributions to the saxophone community continue to inspire and elevate the art of saxophone performance and education.

Page last updated 6/3/2024.

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