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."

Monday, July 23, 2007

George Brumat, R.I.P.

George Brumat, owner of New Orlean's premier straight-ahead jazz club Snug Harbor http://www.snugjazz.com/, passed away in his sleep July 7th at the age of 63. Cause of death was given as heart failure.

For a fascinating radio documentary on George, his club, and his place in the scene here, check out radio station WWOZ's "Street Talk" site. The Brumat piece is the second one down.

Snug was one of the first places to open up again after the flood, largely due to George's hard work and sense of obligation to the jazz community, which, in New Orleans is inseperable from the larger community of the city itself.

He was a stand up guy, and he will be missed.

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