My First Time With The CMO

As a saxophone player the opportunity doesn’t present itself very often to perform with a symphony. Last weekend I got to do just that as Canada’s Beatles tribute act performed live with the Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra—the CMO—at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. The Fab Fourever are an accomplished group of performers…

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R.I.P. David Bowie

Yesterday, music lost one of its most important innovators; iconic rock/pop stars of the 20th century; and the saxophone world lost one of its strongest musical advocates. David Bowie died of cancer on January 10, 2015, just two days after his 69th birthday. On his birthday, his 25th studio was…

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Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Last night my friend an I were watching a Christmas-themed movie that featured Darlene Love’s 1963 hit, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). It is without a doubt my favourite piece of modern Christmas music. Could it be that it’s because I’m a rock ‘n roll player? Or perhaps because I’m…

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Poor Boy By The Royaltones

This morning I happened across this little gem on eBay: a 45 from the late 1950s of an instrumental hit called Poor Boy by The Royaltones. According to The History Of Top 40 Saxophone Solos 1955-2012, John Laughter and Steve D. Marshall note that in 1958, Poor Boy by the…

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A Great Lenny Pickett Interview

Without a doubt, as a rock and blues tenor player my greatest single influence has been Lenny Pickett. I have for years been fascinated by Pickett’s fluency in the altissimo range, and mesmerized by his overall style as a rock and blues player. I have carefully listened to Lenny Pickett’s…

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