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."

Sunday, June 08, 2008

NOLA Jazzfest 2008 Photos.

Alan Matheson and I at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, spring 2008, with the Tulane University Jazz Orchestra. The stage manager had asked if we could do an extra ten minutes, so we called a Bb blues (Joe Newman's "Cue-in the Blues") with just the rhythm section.

Vocalist/pianist Rachel Brotman sings Alan's arrangement of Harold Arlen's "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea."

Alan solos on the arrangement of "Indiana" that he originally wrote for Clark Terry.

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