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Solo bari piece for Blowoutsax gig

Posted on Mar 10th by William in Uncategorized

My sax teacher Mark got me to do a solo piece at the last Blowoutsax school gig in Bath Dec 2012. Here goes:

It’s written by a South African sax player Zim Ngqawana, born four weeks after me in 1959 but who died in 2011 of a stroke (which is sobering).

Zim’s recording is fizzing, alive and spontaneous; full of overtones and harmonics. I liked learning it because it’s strong, rootsy (but in an African way, not an R&B way for a change), unexpected, short and not too complicated.

The Blowoutsax gigs are great fun, held at Phil Andrews’ wonderful Chapel Arts Centre in Bath. It has all level of students from beginner to intermediate playing, plus the teachers. And Mark hires a fab backing band of seemingly inexhaustible patience.

2 responses

  1. On Aug 14th, Simon Larter said:

    Splendid sax playing. Hope all is well. I see you’re convening yearly meeting. How cool.

  2. On Sep 14th, Kate Saunders now Kirk said:

    Well well well, I’ve just found a photograph of a certain saxophone player in Frank Explicit and the Unretouched Photographs (cat dies, you have a clear-out, you know how it is), and here you are – having moved on to a – is that a baritone? The photo is too big for my scanner, but if you want a copy, I’ll see what I can do. Kx

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