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 18, 2010

Clapp Quintet w/Ellis.

Very nice gig with Geoff Clapp's Quintet last night. Interesting how, after a certain point, you stop looking over and thinking "holy crap! That's Ellis Marsalis sitting there" and realize he's just another piano player. A really great piano player and the patriarch of a jazz dynasty, but still, just a piano player on just another gig, really.

My apologies for the blurry group shot, but it's the only one I have of all of us together. Left to right it's Ellis, vocalist Johnaye Kendrick, me, bassist David Pulphus, and leader/drummer Geoff Clapp.

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