Saxophonist John Doheny was born in Seattle Washington in 1953 but has spent much of his adult life in Canada, primarily in Vancouver and Toronto. After early experiences accompanying strippers in bars and cabarets he became a professional R&B sideman in the late 1970s, touring and recording with artists both prominent and obscure. In 1991 he returned to Vancouver and began a program of intense musical study, both in academe (Vancouver Community College, the University of British Columbia) and in the more informal area of performance. He asserts that "all human intercourse is either an opportunity to learn or to teach. Everything that I know about jazz performance (to the extent that I know anything at all) I owe to those players, teachers and students who have suffered to share the bandstand and the teaching studio with me." Since 2003, Mr. Doheny has been a permanent resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, but makes every effort to spend summers in Canada because "it's too damn hot down here then."

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

When the Levee Broke...

If you have an opportunity to see this Spike Lee documentary, I strongly urge you to do so. It is, by far, the only thing I've seen so far that gives a real, comprehensive over-view of what has happened here, and at least a partial sense of what it was like for those of us who lived through it and continue to deal with it, every day.

This, on the other hand, is a good example of why I avoid television news.

People get shot in New Orleans all the time, but the only shootings the media gives a damn about involve tourists.

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