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."

Saturday, August 13, 2011

John Doheny@the Cellar in Vancouver, August 17th.

Escaping the withering heat wave for a gig in a place that has apparently skipped summer this year. Checking the extended forecast for Vancouver next week, I see that the "highs" range from 65 to 70 degrees farenheit, with overnight lows dipping into the mid 50s. I'm having a hard time getting my mind around it (since New Orleans is currently running temps in the mid 90s, with overnight lows of 80F), but I'm going to have to pack a coat. I'm actually looking forward to this.

But what I'm really looking forward to is the gig. I'll be appearing with a terrific local rhythm section comprised of Paul Keeling on piano, Andrew Millar on drums, and Sean Cronin on bass. We'll be playing some tunes from my upcoming release "Jasper: the Music of Jasper Clarke," as well as a gang of tunes from New Orleans modern jazz masters Ellis Marsalis, James Black, Harold Battiste, Nat Perilliat, and Alvin Batiste.

The Cellar is located at 3611 W. Broadway in Vancouver. Reservations are recommended. Click the link for more info.
The Cellar.

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