The Fairer Sax

If you look back at photos of yourself from the 80s & 90s—or 70s or 60s depending on your age—one thing you can say with 100% certainty: fashions change. If you’re a musician, nowhere are those old fashions more indelibly preserved than on album covers. Case in point, the album…

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Happy 204th Saxophone Day!

Saxophone Day: Adolphe Sax could never have imagined the love It was on this day, 204 years ago, that the man who invented the saxophone was born in the sleepy town of Dinant, Belgium. Today Dinant is decked out in more saxophones, and Adolphe Sax commemorative art, than the musician/inventor…

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The SeaWind bari is back!

I just got back from two-day trip to Vancouver Island where I picked up what is likely to be the replacement for my B&S Medusa low A baritone saxophone. As much as love my raunchy-sounding, natural overtone-producing, German-made bari, it no longer fits for the kind of music I play…

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Branford Marsalis In Concert

Last night I went to see a saxophone player I had never seen in concert before. Branford Marsalis was performing at the Vancouver Jazz Festival. His performance was done partially with the VSO, at the Orpheum Theatre. The first half of the 2½ hour show was classical in nature, and…

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