Category Archives: Jazz

Paul Desmond Quotes

On the secret of his tone: “I honestly don’t know! It has something to do with the fact that I play illegally.” “I have won several prizes as the world’s slowest alto player, as well as a special award in … Continue reading

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Robin Hilt ~ Jazz Vocalist

Photographer Mark Gladding took some pictures of my band at a charity event last weekend. I’ve seen maybe ten of the hundreds of photos he shot. This one is my favorite so far: Robin Hilt is one very special and … Continue reading

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Squirrel Nut Zippers

I accidently found a recording of this band and just loved the bari sax line. So I thought I’d drop this here so that I can find it later, especially if I ever do a small jazz ensemble again. The … Continue reading

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MJJO Guest Vocalist, Tae Phoenix

“I’ve often cringed when I heard myself described as a jazz singer. I’ve always thought of myself as a jazz vocalist.” ~ Cassandra Wilson After a gig at Winterfest 2013 a young lady walked up to the band and said, … Continue reading

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Free Stuff

“The best things in life are free.” ~ American Proverb It’s a foggy, northwest winter morning and I am on vacation from work. I have been meaning to capture some of the cool free stuff (or near free) I’ve discovered … Continue reading

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Birdland Big Band on Section (Ensemble) Playing

The Rico Reed folks recently shared some time with the sax section from the Birdland Big Band. The conversation was so good I wanted to capture some of it here for future reference. Bret Pimentel · Assistant Professor of Woodwinds … Continue reading

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Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra ~ 2012

Last night was picture taking time with my all-time favorite band, the Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra 2012. This band is directed by Ray Guyll and consists of mostly Microsoft employees and alumni. The lead tenor and I (retired Microsoftie) are … Continue reading

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