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, September 23, 2010

New Profs of Pleasure CD.

Finally, finally, available online and at  the Louisiana Music Factory on Decatur here in the French Quarter.


Here's a cut and paste of the liner notes as they appear on the inside CD cover:

Welcome to "Volume Two," the second offering from the Professors of Pleasure, Tulane University's Jazz Faculty band. In addition to some jazz standards ("Half Nelson," "This I Dig of You"), a sumptuous ballad ("Nancy with the Laughing Face") and a 'second-line' version of the rallying cry for Tulane's Green Wave football team ("Tulane Fight Song"), we've also thrown in a number of originals from band members as well as two tracks by the great New Orleans composer, musician and jazz educator Harold Battiste. This last marks the beginning of a commitment on our part to showcase as many 'modern' New Orleans jazz compositions as possible. The history of jazz in New Orleans does not begin and end with the 'traditional' form of the music. Rather it s a continuously growing and evolving entity, encompassing many genres and styles, not the least of which include the modernisms of the post-war period and the vigorous and contemporary 'second-line' culture which can still be found, vibrant and alive, on the streets of this great city.

John Doheny

New Orleans

January 2010.

As usual, many a slip between the cup and the lip on this one, but it's finally out there. I'm already planning the next one, which I hope will incorporate new faculty hires Edward Anderson (trumpet) and Deleayo Marsalis (trombone). These CDs are proving to be a terrific way to showcase what the Tulane jazz performance faculty can do. Volumes one and two have both ended up being sort of "omnibus" recordings, where we've tried to include as many different kinds of tunes as possible (funk, straight-ahead, jazz standards, fusion etc.) but the addition of Delfeayo and Edward will give us a four-horn 'mini-big-band' front line, and an opportunity to more fully show off the arranging talent we have on staff.

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