Trying to find a fount of wisdom
Just signed up to the forums, I hope this is the right place to post something like this.
So I've played Sax for a fair bit (I'm 20, playing for 8 or so years) - I was classically trained up to grade six, so I've got nice tone and a good bit of theory. I can improve, but I essentially know how to play. The plan after I finished school and got to University has always been that I'll turn my playing to Jazz, which has been a long-term love affair of mine. The trouble is, I've never really put in the work to play any meaningful or interesting solos. Sure, I can noodle around on the scales, but there's no phrasing or interesting ideas.
I haven't played for a while, about six months, but this coming year or so I have very little to do in terms of studying or working, so I thought I'd turn my attentions to training to be the jazz musician I've always wanted to be.
So what I ask you all, Sax on the Web forums, is do you have any wisdom to share? No advice is bad, but in particular I'm looking for any suggestions of jazz theory books, improvisation techniques, that sort of thing. Feel free to use complex terminology, I should get what you're saying, I'll tell you if not!
Also for the record, I will be scouring the forums for anything and everything I can lay my hands on, but I thought I'd introduce myself and ask anyway :)
Thanks in advance, all!