Pharoah Sanders…keep on going…RIP

“A lot of time I don’t know what I want to play. So I just start playing, and try to make it right, and make it join to some other kind of feeling in the music. Like, I play one note, maybe that one note might mean love. And then another note might mean something else. Keep on going like that until it develops into—maybe something beautiful.”

—  Pharoah Sanders, “If You’re in the Song, Keep on Playing”: An Interview With Pharoah Sanders by Nathaniel Friedman. (The New Yorker, January 12, 2020). (via Alive on All Channels)

Pharoah Sanders, Whose Saxophone Was a Force of Nature, Dies at 81 (NY Times, Sept 24, 2022).

Don’t Miss Pharoah Sanders on Youtube here: Harvest Time.

 

Nuit Blanche


Thank you Nan Heldenbrand Morrissette for sharing “Nuit Blanche” (Sleepless night) by the Tarkovsky Quartet.

5:00 PM Bell! (Lucky Chops)

Check out the foot work of Mr. Green Hair @ 1:06. How good are these guys?

The brass band Lucky Chops was started by some kids at New York LaGuardia High (the “Fame” school) who cut their teeth playing in the subway. When a South American tourist shot a video of them that went viral, they started getting real gigs…”We still go into the subway to perform when we have the time. It’s a great training ground, if we workshop a new song in the subway and are able to get strangers to stop what they’re doing and listen to us then we know that song is a keeper.” (Source: Bedford + Bowery)

Liked this? Check out Lucky Chops with their Adele Cover: Hello

Mindi Abair


Mindi Abair, 44, was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is an smooth jazz saxophonist. Mindi started playing the piano at age five, and started playing alto saxophone at the age of eight, when her elementary school band instructor laid out instruments on the first day of band class and instructed each student to pick the instrument they most wanted to play. Mindi has toured and/or recorded with the Backstreet Boys, Duran Duran, Mandy Moore, Josh Groban, Adam Sandler, Keb’ Mo’, Lalah Hathaway, Lee Ritenour, Teena Marie, John Tesh, Bobby Lyle, Jonathan Butler, Peter White and Rick Braun. She toured with Aerosmith in 2012. In 2003, Abair moved from pop to jazz. (Source: Wiki)


Sunday Morning: Amstel Quartet


The Amstel Quartet is a classical saxophone quartet from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  They play old music, new music, popular music, world music.  This has earned the foursome a host of admirers all over the world. The Amstel Quartet wins awards regularly and has international recognition. The four men continue to express their love for the saxophone and the unique versatility of the saxophone quartet as a perfect unity, with original CDs, a scintillating series in the Amsterdam Felix Meritis, performances in beautiful halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Luxemburg, Carnegie Hall in New York and extensive tours through Europe, Russia, the Middle East, China, Japan and the United States. (Source: Amstelquartet)

Find their album on iTunes here.


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