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, October 25, 2008

Young Men Olympian Parade Pics.

As promised, here's the pics from the YMO 124th anniversary parade a couple of weeks ago. Normally my wife Darlene supplies me with photos of these events, but when we arrived we discovered she only had three shots left on the roll, so author and musicologist Ned Sublette kindly e-mailed me a batch of his.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

I Love This Town.

I walked out of a rehearsal last night at Tulane (with my "A" student combo) into a free concert by the Funky Meters.

The Funky Meters ain't the real Meters. Like the Beatles (John, Paul George and Ringo) if it ain't Art, Zig, George and Leo, it ain't the Meters. But the Funky Meters do have two original members (organist Art Neville and bassist George Porter Jr.) a drummer with a much different but nontheless deeply valid take on the funk canon than Zig ( Russell Batiste) and a revolving cast of guitar players (the chair is currently filled by Art's son Ian, who also plays with Aaron Neville's son Ivan in Dumpstafunk).

I walked out of the music building and Art was singing "Fiyo on the Bayou."

I love this town.

Coming soon: pics from last Sunday's Young Men Olympia Social and Pleasure Club 124th Anniversary Parade, as soon as I get them back from the drug store.