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."

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Colleen Savage at the Rat.

One of the really great things about teaching at Tulane is the university's willingness to direct resources bringing jazz to the students. This year our first session at the rat features both the Tulane Jazz Factulty band the Professors of Pleasure, and my good friend and colleague of 34 years, Canadian vocalist Colleen Savage. Colleen is in town to cut a CD with us at Word of Mouth studios in Algiers, and while she's here has consented to hang with us at the Rat and favor us with a few tunes. We hit at 8:00p.m. February 3rd in the Rathskellar Bar in the LBC on the Tulane campus. Admission is absolutely free, and that's a price you can't beat.

spring 2011 schedule at the Rat
Colleen and I go all the way back to our college days at VCC in the mid 1970s. She was also featured on two tunes on my debut album as a leader, "One Up, Two Back" in 2002.

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