Spring 2012!
Got a bunch of dates with the NYC Ballet! Wonderful to see and hear the orchestra is performing two pieces that involve the saxophone. The first by Michael Nyman called DGV and the next Les Carrillion which is L'arlesienne by Bizet. I am so blessed to have been asked to perform thee pieces with the orchestra. All performances are in the month of May. Checkout the NYC Ballet website for the dates.

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The passing of The Band drummer and singer Levon Helm
I'l write more on this soon......
listen to Allen Won Quartet "The Jewel in the Lotus"

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Fun summer gig
I was honored to perform with one of my all time heroes Mr. Gabe Baltazar at the Aloha Tower in Honolulu, Hawaii this past June. Gabe who is in his 80's was one of the cats in Hawaii to help and encourage the young and up coming players in Hawaii to 'go for it'. Among the other of his contemporaries to have influenced and helped us fledgling musicians were George Okimoto a wonderful drummer who's son Noel my hs classmate Hawaii's greatest drummer showed up along with Henry 'Boxhead' Yoshino another great reed player who was like my uncle. I really owe my career to these gentlemen who not only nurtured me but by example showed me how to do it with grace and dignity.

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October 2002: Stephen Wolpe at 92nd Street Y
I was fortunate to have been called to perform in a fantastic concert honoring the music of Stephan Wolpe. considered the composers composers of the 20th century, it is a pity that his music is not performed in this country with any frequency. this performance was one of many in new york celebrating wolpes centennial an added plus was that on the program two of the pieces 'Schone Geschiten' and 'A Suite FromThe 20's' were new york and world premiers. Maestro Werner Herbers was asked by the Wolpe society of NY to be the conductor as he is quite familiar with Wolpes works. now this is a man who has been the principal oboist with the Royal Concertgebow Orchestra for the last 30 years. Werner also leads the Ebony Band. an ensemble that performs the music of obscure early 20th century composers. pretty wild stuff. along with some singers Werner also had a pianist Gerard Bouwhuis to fill the piano chair. what can i say about Gerard? just imagine the most intense contemporary pianist with all the chops in the world playing this ridiculous sh-- , intense mentally brutal rehearsals and during the breaks, Gerard starts playing disco. now how out is that? needless to say both Werner and Gerard are Dutch so they are out to begin with, are very serious musicians and yet are some of the most fun guys you could imagine. i had fun lots of it on that one. thanks to fred and carol for askin' me to play.

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