Author Archives: Gandalfe

About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra, and enjoy time with family and friends.

MJJO: First Gig of the New Year

Music is a gut thing. You’re working in a medium which is more in touch withthe primal than the modern. A gig is a ritual. There’s a congregation. ~ Siobhan Fahey Ah yes, the first gig after a long break. … Continue reading

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Doctors, Medicine, and Health … oh no!

I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself. ~ Johnny Carson I am constantly surprised to find otherwise smart people in my life who … Continue reading

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Big Band Book System ~ Take 4.5

Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them. ~ Paul Hawken Today I was spending another two hours putting the solo tenor … Continue reading

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12 Rules of Practice: Wynton Marsalis

Originally posted on Sound the Trumpet: How to Blow Your Own Horn:
Wynton Marsalis knows how to practice. As a younger man, he was equally at home in front of a symphony orchestra playing the Haydn concerto, or laying down some…

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What My Bike Has Taught Me About White Privilege

Originally posted on A Little More Sauce:
The phrase “white privilege” is one that rubs a lot of white people the wrong way. It can trigger something in them that shuts down conversation or at least makes them very defensive.…

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My first New Year Gig

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” ~ Oprah Winfrey I am so jazzed about tonight’s gig with my wife Suzy on alto and me on bari sax. So many of my friends … Continue reading

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