About Gandalfe

Disclaimer: My opinions are not based in any way on research, knowledge, experience, talent, insight, facts, or in some cases reality. Take any advice I offer at your own risk.

Greetings from Seattle, aka the Emerald City. This is Gandalfe, aka JaAG to my friends at work, aka Jim Glass to my family. I’m mostly an itinerant jazz saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. Oh, did I mention that after retiring from the Corps of Engineers after 20 years of service to the US Army, I’ve worked at Microsoft for 20 years. Now in my spare time, I admin on the Woodwind Forum and manage the Microsoft Jazz Band.

I have an extensive collection of saxophones from the dimutive soprillo sax to the scary cool bass sax custom made with keyworks to low A. I also have a contempory collection of clarinets from the effer to the contrabass clarinet. I also have two really nice metal soprano clarinets, a silver Selmer Paris with a tunable barrel and a Buescher TruTone with albert keyworks.

Not always politically correct, sometimes outspoken, I am often found posting stuff that might offend some. If you have a sense of humor and an inquisitive spirit, you might find some posts that you like. Feel free to point to anything on this blog as long as you mention either my name or the name of this blog. Cheers.

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“The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

20 Responses to About Gandalfe

  1. I’ve been looking around. Nice blog you’ve got here! I’ve taken the liberty of subscribing to it.

  2. egills says:

    Hello Gandalfe, thanks for the visit – I’m pretty sure I’ve seen you around some of my other friends space back when we were on WLS?
    I will have to come back and have a proper nose around when I have more time! I’m amazed at your saxaphones!

  3. Gandalfe says:

    Eileen! :O)

    Yup, I found you again through Witchy’s site. But she is really more active on Facebook, getting the natives there all riled up and such. It’s nice to meet you, albeit virtually again. Cheers.

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  5. Hey there. Nice blog you have here. I thanked you for stopping by over on my blog, but wanted to return the gesture and have a look around.

    Reading about your saxophones, I thought about my 14-year old son who started taking alto sax lessons a couple months ago. It’s exciting, because one inspiration for naming him Julian was the great alto player Cannonball Adderley, whose real name, as you probably know, was Julian.

    Cheers!

  6. Gandalfe says:

    Paul and Fish, thank you so much for taking the time to comment. It’s nice to hear from my readers; rare even.

  7. Sarah says:

    Hi there! I know nothing about saxophones, but like your blog. Keep it up!

  8. Russ says:

    Hey Jim,
    Is there a way I could purchase the Billy Joel, “Just the Way You Are” quartet? Thanks! Russ

  9. Gandalfe says:

    I’ll ping the arranger with your email and have him write you.

  10. Gandalfe says:

    Jeff sez: please point him (or post on your blog) these links:

    This is the version you have, in the original key:
    dl.dropbox.com/u/21278714/Just%20the%20Way%20You%20Are%20[2012-01-18]%20-%20original%20key.zip

    …and here’s a version that’s been transposed up a step to make it easier for sax players (the baritone sax and alto sax are in C and tenor and soprano are in Bb here!):
    //dl.dropbox.com/u/21278714/Just%20the%20Way%20You%20Are%20[2012-01-18]%20-%20Eb.zip

  11. Gandalfe says:

    You are welcome. If you record your performance, come back and give us a pointer. ;0)

  12. Gandalfe… Love your site! Found you while looking for a page you also seem to like… or did like anyway, and that’s why I’m writing. Do you have any idea what happened to Facebook’s Wild for Wildlife and Nature pages? I always suspected it was somehow different from most Facebook pages because the format was so different. Is it possible they were sponsored by Facebook and now they’re not? They seem to have totally disappeared, including from the Favorites sites of both my husband and I. We’re trying to fing out what happened… they’ll be greatly missed! I did find another page on Pinterest that may fill the void though: http://pinterest.com/hotina/wild-for-wildlife-nature/

    • Gandalfe says:

      I’m not sure why the WWN page, which still shows up in cache’d search, is no longer available. But I do remember reading last week that there was some drama going on between the owners and the readers. We can only hope it will return. In the meantime, there are many other nature oriented pages to view.

  13. Gandalfe… Appreciate your letting me know what you do (and don’t) know. It was more than I knew, which was zilch. If you hear anything further or if they turn back up, would you please post it here? I’ll get a notification that you’ve posted that way. I’ll do likewise if I hear anything on the Intertubes. Thanks! Namaste… Nancy

  14. Gandalfe says:

    Will do. The old site is no longer showing up in searches, but there are new “Wildlife & Nature” profiles out there. YMMV.

  15. Think I know now why the site was down… the creator, who is also apparently the manager of it, posted on her personal page that she’d been hospitalized with the flu for 8 days during approximately the timeframe we noticed it was missing. It’s possible she had FB suspend it during that time so it wouldn’t get away from her. As it states on the site’s “About” page, it’s a high volume site. That could easily become a problem in 8 days.

  16. Don’t know if you’ve seen this status update on Wild for Wildlife & Nature. A friend and mutual fan of the page “shared” it on my Facebook Timeline tonight:

    Here it is….
    I’m back, sorry for shutting down the page for 4 days. Just too ill with a lung infection to monitor the page. I spent 8 days in hospital while Mike looked after the page but, he has been so busy with the Bear With Us page could not expect him to monitor Wild for Wildlife and Nature too. I’m feeling somewhat better but, not yet 100 % so please understand if I miss negative and abusive comments as well as the stalking and bodily harm comments from the Woxy crew. Please message me if you see them and i will try to remove. I will not be online as often as before right now but, will be online as often as possible. Kind Regard and much love for your understanding and support. ♥ – Cynthia

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