Posts tagged “woodwind doublers”

April 6, 2012

Doublers in the news: Hunter Diamond

Check out an interview (with audio) of Indiana University undergraduate student Hunter Diamond about his interest in woodwind doubling. He’s hoping his skills on multiple instruments will eventually land him commercial gigs or even a position playing in a pit for musical theater performances. … “The most important thing now is to find something unique ...

March 2, 2012

Flute Pro Shop interview with Tereasa Payne and Simon Hutchings

There’s a nice interview by Joan Sparks at the Flute Pro Shop blog, with two woodwind doublers who happen to be married to each other, Tereasa Payne and Simon Hutchings. They discuss doubling, careers, and married life. I can’t imagine being in a marriage with anyone other than a musician. Everyone makes sacrifices for what ...

August 17, 2011

NFA 2011: Woodwind doublers roundtable discussion

At this year’s NFA conference, I had the very cool opportunity to be part of a discussion panel about woodwind doubling. The panel was organized by Florida flutist and doubler Tereasa Payne, and moderated by my Delta State colleague Shelley Collins. The panel consisted of me, Tereasa, Hollywood studio great Jim Walker, and David Weiss, ...

July 7, 2011

Historical woodwind recordings on the National Jukebox

Photo, alexruthmann The United States Library of Congress’s National Jukebox project makes American recordings from the days before microphones available for streaming online. This is a fantastic resource for recordings—classical, jazz, and more—from the turn of the 20th century until the mid-1920’s. These recordings are not in the public domain, like you might think; Sony, the ...

July 1, 2011

Eddie Daniels is not a doubler

Great video of Eddie Daniels talking about doubling—er, not doubling.

April 10, 2011

David Erato on his clarinet “journey”

David Erato, a Wisconsin-based woodwind doubler and teacher, describes the motivation behind his year-long “journey” to improve his clarinet chops: The idea as a “doubler” is to make whatever instrument is in your hand not feel like a foreign object. One should really study the instrument as if it is the only instrument you play. Practice the ...

November 1, 2010

Woodwind doubling recital program, Northwestern University, 1950

A new Internet friend shared this gem with me (click for slightly larger):

July 17, 2010

Still going strong: Seymour “Red” Press

The Theater Development Fund‘s Stages blog has a nice little story on Seymour “Red” Press, a veteran Broadway woodwind doubler and contractor and an alumnus of Benny Goodman’s band. The cast of Chicago changes frequently, but if you listen to the orchestra behind the actors, then you’ll hear the same man night after night. Woodwinds player ...

June 13, 2010

Dan Willis in the West Side Story pit

Dan Willis Tip of the hat to Patty at oboeinsight for this one: EDIT: I originally had an embedded video here, of a CBS news interview with Broadway woodwind doubler Dan Willis. It appears the video is no longer available. You can read a text summary here, at least for the time being. Below is a picture ...

June 8, 2010

New York Times blog: Steve Gorn

The New York Times’s “Lens” blog did a nice piece on Steve Gorn, a woodwind doubler who has turned his primary focus to the bansuri (Indian bamboo flute). Surf on over to see a nice photo and hear audio of an interview/performance. (Both photo and audio feature Gorn’s soprano saxophone playing.) Steve Gorn on his beginnings ...
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