Category Archives: Music

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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Rain, rain, and more rain

Fly me to the moonLet me play among the starsLet me see what spring is likeOn Jupiter and MarsIn other words, hold my handIn other words, baby, kiss me Listening to Astrud Gilberto sing this as it rains outside my … Continue reading

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The Life of a Musician ~ Take 123

Only a dedicated musician would take $20,000 in instruments in his $500 car, 50 miles one way to make $20. ~ Anon The holiday season is upon us and for most musicians this is a busy time. I am an … Continue reading

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The Perfect Clarinet

If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be. ~ Yogi Berra I have spent a lot of time helping family and friends find the perfect instrument within the constraints of their budgets. New musicians, young musicians, adult newbies and returning … Continue reading

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Phil Woods – Just the Way You Are

Originally posted on SDartSax:
Artist: Phil Woods Album: The Stranger (Billy Joel – 1977) Track: Just the Way You Are Note: This is the longer version, the ‘album’ version fades out much sooner, shortening the sax solo Instrument: Alto Sax Phil Woods passed away…

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