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, March 15, 2010

Geoff Clapp Quintet w/Ellis Marsalis.

This coming wednesday (March 17th) at 7:oop.m. in the Dixon Theater on the Tulane campus, I'll be appearing with Tulane drum instructor Geoff Clapp's quintet. Geoff on drums, Ellis Marsalis on piano (yikes), David Pulphus on bass, and Johnaye Kendrick on vocals.

One of the big perks of living in New Orleans is the opportunity to work with players of this caliber on a regular basis. David Pulphus I first saw with Stanley Turrentine's band back in 1999. Johnaye I know from her tenure in the Monk Institute band at Loyola, and her longrunning thursday night gig at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse on Bourbon Street. Geoff has been drum instructor here for about two years now and we've worked all kinds of gigs together, but I first saw him play in the same theater we're playing together two nights from now, with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet, back before Katrina in 2004.

Now supposedly Mr. Marsalis is just the piano player on this gig, but Geoff has programmed some very difficult music, a fair bit of it composed by Ellis himself. So, you know...I'd rather not screw it up.

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