Music, Society, Philosophy, Technology, Design, Art, Film and Coffee
• I play a TM Custom tenor saxophone designed by Randy Jones at Tenor Madness This horn is really special to me and I can't say enough great things about Randy.
• I studied with Greg Banaszak and Bob Reynolds I learned so much from these two guys.
• I manage Guitar Center in West Des Moines. My fourteen-year-old-self can't believe that I work at a music store.
• I was a member of Corey Taylor’s Junk Beer Kidnap Band in 2009. Yes, it was really cool.
• I taught at Muskingum College, Ohio University-Zanesville, Kent State, Hiram College, Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts, College of Mount St. Joseph, South-Western Community College and Central College between the years of 1997 to 2008. It was a very special time in my life. I'm thankful for having the opportunity to teach.
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic…no doubt about it. Here’s an instrumental version for tenor sax and EWI that I recorded this evening.
Hands down my favorite song by The Police.
I’m hanging out in the lobby of the Ibis Hotel in Kortrijk, Belgium one last morning. I will miss having breakfast here…sooooo good and the coffee is amazing. The Clarinet Festival was a blast. We met so many great people from all around the world, heard some great music and had great conversations about life, music and food. One of the highlights for me was talking with jazz clarinet legend Eddie Daniels. I attended his two master classes and got to talk to him after the second one. I’ve always said that in the world of musicians, there is one degree of separation. When I mentioned that I was from Iowa he said “Randy Jones!”. “Yes!” I said, “Randy works on my horns” [Randy Jones is the owner of the greatest saxophone shop on the planet, Tenor Madness, hidden away in Waterloo, Iowa] I also mentioned how I’ve been listening to and corresponding with Bob Reynolds (John Mayer’s saxophonist) and he said “Bob’s been to my house…great player” The world is small…very small.
In about an hour, we board a train for the Netherlands. We have several stops and we switch trains at every stop. Our goal is to arrive in Bilthoven to see my niece and nephew. To ensure that we wouldn’t get confused traveling today, we went to the train station yesterday and reviewed our itinerary with a train employee. Good thing we did because she gave us the train platforms to go to, trains to board and how long we have between each train. I’m so excited!! Both for the trip today and to see my niece and nephew. I think I’ve seen them once in the last 15 years…way too long. Tomorrow, they are taking us to tour Amsterdam. When we planned our trip we didn’t think it would be possible to squeeze in Amsterdam but now we’re going! Double yay!! After Amsterdam, we’ll travel to Tilburg to visit some of our Iowa friends who are on tour. We’ll grab some dinner with them and then head to Brussels for our flight home on Tuesday.
What an amazing trip! I always thought I would get to Europe sooner in life but I’m happy that music brought me here. I’m happy when music takes me anywhere but this trip combined music, my wife, family and friends; quadruple yay!!!!
2nd half of 2nd set last night. 17 minutes of FUNK!
One Nite Stand is:
Scott Willsey: guitar & vocals
Jeff Nelson: keyboards & vocals
Ben Williams: drums
Carl Morton: bass & vocals
and Me: saxophone, ewi & vocals
The Ox and the Lark: A Duo for Clarinet and Sax. Composed by Nikola Resanovic (2003) for the KrenzelDoggett Duo.
Here it is Greg and Berinna! It’s 3:12 in length and should be a nice piece for your wedding. This is just the slow section (the fast part would change the mood of your wedding) Let us know what you think. Love you, see you soon. Enjoy!
Cindy Doggett, clarinet. Tommy Doggett, alto sax. Recorded with a Tascam DR07.
Gig (check), eat (check), sleep until 1 (check), see Inception at IMAX Theatre (check), eat (check), gig (check)
Our cyclic lives. They go round and round. There’s comfort in the predictable. There is comfort when things go as planned. So what do we do when the plan fails? It’s an age old question. Looking at the Mississippi River flowing by, my answer is: go with the flow. I’m not suggesting “be so passive that you get pulled under”; always keep your head up. Keeping your head up is a lot of work in itself. Just remember that things are cyclic and if they were once ok, they’ll be ok again.