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.

Protect Yourself From Equifax ~ take two

From my friend and retail partner Steve Green… Quick Background: Between mid-May and July of 2017 cybercriminals stole the personal data of 143 million U.S. consumers by hacking into Equifax, one of the three major U.S. credit bureaus. Equifax discovered … Continue reading

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Rico ~ A Long Family Tradition

Today virtually every clarinet or saxophone performer has at one time or another performed with a Rico reed—and it all began in France with Joseph Rico in 1928. Rico, a talented musician born in Italy in 1876, ran away from … Continue reading

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Tom “Bones Malone” – Sweet Home Chicago (Bari)

Originally posted on SDartSax:
For my first post back after surgery, I decided to go with an old favorite. As a kid growing up in Chicago in the 70s and 80s, few movies had a bigger impact on me than…

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Jazz, I’ll just put this here.

Overheard: Wonderful piece played wonderfully. It is a little funny though that the title of the video mentions a Duke Ellington cover. There are no covers in jazz, but great pieces known as standards, which all artists interpret their own … Continue reading

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Clarinet Cadenza Goodness

Mark Walton proves in this recording what a fine clarinetist he was in this, Sid Phillips’ chart. Both the musician and Sid are so underrated. Sid, a British musician, played in the United States on radio and freelance in clubs … Continue reading

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An Ode to White Supremacy

In regards to the White Supremacist rally in Charlottesville last night, this is the best thread on the matter written on Twitter by @Julius Goat. I am copying it here because it is incredible. If you do ONE thing today, … Continue reading

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Unholy Rackett

Excerpted from the Unholy Rackett, a stellar music group discovered on Facebook. As I wished to share the info provided by the Unholy Rackett to the Woodwind Forum I took some highlights that was penned by Simon Rickard. What a … Continue reading

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