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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A Kohlert Regent: 50 Years And Still Kickin’ Ass

I generally don’t believe the critics. I like to try stuff for myself, and come to my own conclusions about things. Point in fact: the latter-model Kohlert saxophones made in Winnenden, Germany. Were they really as bad as they were made out to be on saxpics, when Pete wrote: “….in…

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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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