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."

Friday, July 18, 2008

Profs of Pleasure on "Hot Air."

After the gig up in Vancouver last June 23rd, guitarist John Dobry and I stayed over a couple of days to do a show on CBC Radio (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) called "Hot Air."

I've done quite a few of these on my own over the years, both as a out-of-town jazz guy coming in to play a festival or club date and as a Vancouver jazz musician when I still lived there. This year marked the first time I was able to bring my band up from New Orleans, and the first time I've shared a radio mic with Dobry.

The show airs tomorrow, July 19th at 5:05 p.m. Pacific time, at 690 on your A.M. dial. If you're not in the broadcast area you can listen online here:


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