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Clarinet Gone Wild: Sidney Bechet

There comes a time in every saxophone player’s life where they pick up a clarinet and, without hesitation, put it back down again. All kidding aside, the clarinet is a demanding instrument. As a saxophonist, I see playing the clarinet as one of the great challenges in life…like […]

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Louis Armstrong, W.C. Handy, and the Blues

A few months ago I came across a record of Louis (Armstrong) playing all W.C. Handy tunes. the record, “Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy” was released by Columbia Records in 1956, 42 years after Handy published St. Louis Blues. Louis has been a huge inspiration to many […]

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