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."

Monday, April 20, 2009

Fredrick Sanders Clinic and Performance.

I'm personally looking forward to this one because, aside from a houseparty and a couple of nights at Sweet Lorraine's last year, I haven't really had any opportunities to play with Fred since he left his teaching post at Tulane. And I really, really miss playing with him.

There's a slight wrinkle in the schedule this time: the Sanders clinic will be at 4:00 Tuesday April 21st in the bandroom (260 Dixon Annex) at Tulane. The performance will be the following night: Wednesday April 22nd, at 8:00p.m. in the Rathskeller Bar in the Tulane Student Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

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