Posts for July 2009

July 27, 2009

The Usual Suspects – Los Angeles studio musicians

If you’re not familiar with Dr. Gio Washington-Wright’s web site, The Usual Suspects, you really ought to cancel all your plans for the next two or three days and thoroughly check it out. Dr. Washington-Wright, a reed player himself, profiles many/most/all? of the top studio musicians on the L. A. scene, with tons of bios, ...

July 25, 2009

Thoughts on plastic reeds

I have been following with interest the discussion on the web of the new synthetic clarinet reeds by Forestone. A few days ago, the distinguished Sherman Friedland posted an absolutely glowing review: The Forestone reeds marks the beginning of a totally new era in the development of reeds, all reeds. It is a new beginning ...

July 16, 2009

Go Fightin’ Okra

I am pleased to announce that this fall I will be joining the faculty of the Delta State University Department of Music. DSU is located in Cleveland, Mississippi, in the beautiful and historic Mississippi Delta region. I had the privilege of visiting the DSU campus last month, and fell in love with the charming campus, ...

July 11, 2009

More on airline travel with musical instruments

Since my post earlier this week about air travel with instruments, two of my favorite woodwind bloggers have also addressed the subject, both inspired by the “United Breaks Guitars” video phenomenon. Helen at Bassic Sax shares a bad experience flying with a tenor saxophone. Patty at oboeinsight shares the United Breaks Guitars video, and, rightly, ...

July 8, 2009

Airline travel with musical instruments

During the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to do some traveling with my instruments, on a number of airlines and through quite a few airports. Here are a few thoughts on getting instruments safely and smoothly to your destination. Going through airport security In most cases, your plan should be to carry your ...

July 6, 2009

Why I don’t list my equipment

Many musicians are eager to tell you what equipment they use. They list their equipment on their websites, in the signature lines of their forum postings, and so on. I don’t. I’m rarely impressed with what I see on fellow woodwind players’ lists. Ownership of impressive equipment (assuming the gear is, in fact, paid for?) ...
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