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."

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Recording Session. New Orleans,10/11/06.

Upper left, the band in the studio. Below that, left to right: Jim Markway, bass, Kevin O'Day, drums, John Dobry, guitar, John Doheny, alto and tenor saxophone, Frederick Sanders, piano.

Considering the circumstances, the session went pretty well. I'd booked us for three hours, but technical difficulties ate up the first hour, and an eight p.m. curtain at the Lyric Theater downstairs put paid to the third. Amazingly, we still managed to put three tunes in the can, with the second take (the keeper) of John Dobry's ballad "Your Majesty" ending with about thirty seconds to spare before the house lights dimmed downstairs.

We've got a little lull in everybody's schedule right after new years, so I'm hoping to finish up the record before the spring semester starts january 16th.

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