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, December 06, 2008

Colleen Savage in New Orleans.

When I was in the middle of recording my first CD as a leader, back in 2001, I was simultaneously working a two week gig with singer Colleen Savage in the lounge at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver. There are times onstage that are special, and there are times on stage that are utterly banal. And then there are times when you are playing music and look into another performers face, and you are both engulfed in a kind of luminosity. We had some nights like that at the Pan Pacific, Colleen and I, and we also realized that we had first met 25 years ago that month. Having her come to the studio and contribute two tunes ("Djindi" and "Time After Time") seemed like a good way to commemorate the occasion.
Fast-forward seven years. Colleen and I have now been friends for 32 years, and she was here in New Orleans last Tuesday to put in a stellar performance with my 'A' student band at Tulane's Dixon Theater.
Life is good.

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