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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States | SELF

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States | SELF
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i have five trax on watunes. i played on bran van 3000's "glee." i played on black sun ensemble's "lambent flame" among many others

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ok, well, i'm 43 yrs old and i've been playing since i was three, so i doubt if there's enough space to cover a really complete bio... but here goes- my first band was called Lucifer; i played guitar and sang, Brian York played piano and sang and Marty Fry played the drums. Arlington NE mid seventies. We did a couple Kiss covers, some BTO, Head East, Deep Purple, Foghat, Bread (both Brian and Marty liked the occasional ballad) Later we added Brian's little brother Steve on bass. We were fukn great, despite the circumstances. After I finally heard Charlie Parker in the right frame of mind (late at night and completely stoned) i decided to spend more time on sax and ended up at Berklee in Boston rooming with my good friend Andrew Crocker. Wynton and Branford Marselis used Berklee to practice. Dave Douglas and i caught their set with Art Blakey one night. If we wouldn't have left the weed back home we'd have smoked up Branford... an event i still kick myself for. It was evident to me that i wasn't cut of the cloth of the modern (neo) jazzman. i lacked money and didn't want to go in debt going to school, so i quit and joined a rock band- 'Free Movies.' damn... i'm forgetting the names of people... it was led by Richard Mirsky on guitar and vocal with John Landy on drums. Anyway, we were fukn great, despite the circumstances (Boston mid eighties was something of a void, in my opinion) After this i went euro where Andrew Crocker introduced me to Danny Fitzgerald and his Lost and Wandering Jazz and Blues band. Quite an education. Danny can be a hard ass, but he's impossible not to love. He initiated me to busking... Then it was Tucson AZ with The Host with Chuck 'Odin' Helgason leading the fray with Matthew Mairs on Bass and Spyder Rhodes on Drums. We rocked but got nowhere but local. Just a little too wild, possibly... Then Chuck and i went to play with Jesus Acedo in The Black Sun Ensemble. That was quite a trip. Jesus is a master, not just a psycho master. You can google Black Sun Ensemble for more details. There were several sit-in sideman kind of situations in tucson, most notably with the Infinte Beauties and Lisa Otay. After that it was off to Seattle, barely pre-grunge; i was mostly running because i knew too many people in Tucson and was afraid of getting busted. i did a recording with a band i called the Fey with Adam lopez, Micheal Henderson, Jeremy Topp and John... shucks, i can't remember Johnny sr.'s name. we were too volatile to keep it together and i was too poor to even try, but a sample of that recording later turned up on bv3, so... just goes to show. i also did a sax, bass and drum thing we called River with Jeremy and either Jessica Logan or Ted Kamp on bass. The most fabulous thing was meeting Lissa Driscoll, but playing with Deez Nutz, an Imij spin-off band was also very cool. Imij was great, totally underrated. Lissa gave me the needed invitation to New Orleans which completely reshaped how I thought about music. I played with her and Augie Jr. in the Big Mess Blues Band. Now Jeremy Lyons is a local hero; I don't know what became of Johnny Duff, someone i really liked playing with due to his invincible sense of humour. Norman Shepard who was kind enough to give me a place to stay. It was all about Augie at the time, someone who can really and i mean REALLY sing. Not to mention an inimitable guitar style. After that it was off to Montreal Quebec and Bran Van 3000, among others. James Disalvio has taught me as much about music as anyone and after mentioning Danny and Augie, that's saying something. It was after this that i put together the Orkestra, back in Tucson. The first line-up was Isabelle Gagnon on washboard, Micheal Dalzell on harmonica, Cliff Kuhn on Banjo and Joe Graves on washtub. We were a soundman's nightmare. We were totally fukn great, despite the circumstances. Later, Jerry Brunetti replaced Joe with upright bass. After that Micheal swithched to electric bass and Brian Kessler played drums. This was my favourite orkestra, by far. After that Eric Johnson played drums and Darrell from Liberty School and the Kerr brothers played horns. It was messy. We were fukn great, despite the circumstances. out of one of the orkestra's periodic breakdowns and due to the need to provide music for the all souls procession came the now world famous molehill orchestrah. After that, well, i'm up here in Quebec. i played with a band named gadji gadjo for awhile but had to quit due to legal concerns. most recently i've been doing shows with Allen Mann and/or my old friend Duke Davis. We're fukn great, despite the circumstances.... and since then i've been to new orleans and back (check blog) ...wherever 'back' is, since now i'm in indianapolis indiana and tomorrow i will be in arizona....