Reading Music: It’s A Bit Like Riding A Bike

Last night I did something I haven’t done much of in over 10 years: I actually read music while playing in a band. I got a phone call on Monday asking if I could come and sit in on Tuesday night’s rehearsal for a local big band. The fellow that…

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The Toneking’s Début With Deception

Last night, my JK tenor made its performance début with the blues band Deception. In the words of one who has listened to my sax playing for over a nearly 2 decades: “That horn kicks ass.” Yes, it kicks ass indeed. This Toneking doesn’t sound like any of my other tenors. Combined with my growl tone, other vocal effects, regular…

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A Julius Keilwerth Toneking Alto Circa 1957

Ever year as the dreary West Coast rains of winter begin to fade into spring, something odd seems to happen: A vintage saxophone ends up finding a new home with me. This has been the pattern for the past 2 years. In 2010 a minty Hohner tenor from 1961 came…

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When Your Solo Falls Flat On Its Face… Whataya Do?

Have you ever been in a situation where the solo work you do completely falls flat on its face? Or perhaps an element of your solos fails to resonate with the audience? Last night I encountered the latter during a performance with Deception. In Deception I solo a lot… and I…

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Is That A Soprano Up Your Ass, Or Are You Always So Rigid?

At Deception’s recent dance at Straiton Hall, our intrepid photographer, roadie, door person, and yes, even web designer, took some time off her front door duties, and photographed the band while we were performing. She knows that soprano is my least favourite horn, but that I do play it when…

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