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."

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Canadian Broadcorping Castration

A bit of shameless self-promotion: This saturday, July 21st, at 5:05 p.m. PDT, I'll be holding forth as a guest on CBC Radio One's "Hot Air" show.

Here's a cut and paste from their website:

Saturday July 21, 2007

Vancouver sax player John Doheny went back to school a few years back to get his Masters Degree in Music at Tulane University in New Orleans. John is now Professor of Practice at Tulane, and the leader of the faculty jazz quintet The Professors of Pleasure. When John drops by for his regular visit, he'll bring a copy of the band's new CD (not commercially released until September), as well as a stack of music you're not likely to hear outside of New Orleans Parish.

For listening outside British Columbia on the internet, click "CBC Radio One, 690-Vancouver"

For those of you not familiar with the Magic of Radio, I'm not actually in Vancouver this Saturday. We taped it July 5th when I was up there playing the jazz festival. I've probably done seven or eight of these things over the last ten years or so, and I consider host Paul Grant and producer Neil Ritchie to be personal friends, so it's always a lot of fun. This time I walked in on some kind of construction catastrophe that had the hard-hat set digging deep, deep holes around almost the entire CBC building. I had to walk all the way around the place (it takes up a whole city block) just to figure out where the 'temporary entrance' was.

In addition to the "Professors of Pleasure" CD, I brought along (mostly new) releases by singer Betty Shirley, trumpeter Christian Scott, my ace runnin podnuh Frederick Sanders and Wardell Quezerque's Slammin Big Band.

Check it out, if you dare.

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