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, February 20, 2009

Because It's Carnival Time.

The subject line referrence is to the Al "Carnival Time" Johnson hit of the same name, the destination sign on the Freret Street bus as I passed it on the way home from a parade yesterday, and the reason for my abscence from bloggerdom for the next week or so. It's just not possible to get much of anything done around here at the height of Carnival Season.
Incidentally, the pic is of the same Zulu poster that my tax preparer recently gifted Darlene and I with. Mr. Jimmy is a member in good standing of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club and has offered to sponsor me as a member. A pretty attractive proposition I'd say, especially considering that the President of the United States social secretary, Desiree Glapion-Rogers, is a former Zulu Queen. And for you history-dweeb types, yes that's the same Glapions as the late, great, widow Glapion, otherwise known as Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau.

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