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."

Thursday, March 12, 2009

the Dean's Breakfast.

One of those oddball gigs that show up on my calendar is this one, the Dean's Breakfast. It's a coffee and donut thing thrown the first friday of every month at Cudd Hall on the Tulane campus by the Lagniappe people, in this case the straw boss is Tom Moody, who snapped this picture of the trio. Left to right we're John Doheny, Rob Kohler (whose gig it is, so I guess we're the Rob Kohler trio) and yes that is indeed the Cadillac of Jazz Guitar, Steve Masakowski, on the right. We've had kind of a revolving cast of chord guys on the gig since it began last September, including Jesse Mcbride and Mike Pellera from NOCCA. Rob's brother Lee even drove in from Florida for a couple. It's looks like Steve's got the chair for the next few and we're very happy about that. People kept swimming up close and whispering "hey. That's Steve Masakowski!" and we'd say "aw, you know, we tried to get somebody good, but..."

Lagniappe is also underwriting the Jazz at the Rat series, a terrific opportunity for students at Tulane to listen to and in some cases play with some very heavy guest artists. Big up to the Lagniappe folks.

The really weird thing about the Dean's Breakfast gig is, the downbeat is at 9:45. In the morning. Amazingly, there are apparently two 9:45s in the same day. Who'd a thunk it?

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