"Saxman's Notes", a Kentucky saxophonist's blog
Monday, August 08, 2016
Friday, February 12, 2016
Saturday, June 06, 2015
George and Amal Clooney enjoy time in his hometown
Monday, May 05, 2014
Panman David Hall at Rising Star Casino
Saturday, May 03, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Gig At Wines On Vine
I enjoyed playing last night at Lexington's Wines On Vine for a private dinner party. What a neat place it is! I look forward to playing there again soon.
Monday, April 07, 2014
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Matthew Hall, Boys Nation Senator From KY, Places Wreath At The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Cincinnati Bengals 2013 Draft Roundup
Sunday, December 09, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Gigging At Rising Sun Casino
While I played, Matt monitored our fantasy football team on his iphone watched the football games on the lobby televisions. Our fantasy team was awful.
Resisting temptation to play the slots, we returned home after the gig with our full paycheck in hand.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Friday, December 09, 2011
I have added a Facebook site for David Hall Musical Services. I will use this vechicle to post upcoming gigs and interesting music information that I run across.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
My Old Reel-To-Reel Tapes
In the late 70's and early 80's, I recorded a lot of live music. I dug out a tape this morning of Vince DiMartino and friends playing at Patchen Village on 9/20/80.
Vince, Dave Anderson, Chuck Adair, Larry Harris, Stewart Miller, and Bob Rummage sound great on this recording. I can't believe that this tape is 31 years old. It seems like only yesterday when Kim Harrod and I attended this concert.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Saxman David Hall To Play At Laurel County Public Library
I look forward each Christmas season to playing at the Laurel County Public Library. My performance will include some holiday, jazz, and pop tunes. It is a wonderful facility and is always well attended by lots of great folks. Lee and Jean Askew come out every year to this event. I look forward to seeing them again.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Wedding Reception Gig At Dale Hollow Lake State Park
After he set everything up, we had about an hour of free time until the gig was to start. Because he had his newly issued driver's permit, we decided that it was time for his first driving lesson. As his instructor, we focused on the use of the brake pedal. I explained that the pressure needed to apply on the brake pedal is directly correlated to the volume of my voice when shouting "BRAKE NOW!!!"
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Who Dey! Bengals Win Again!
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Matthew Assumes Roadie Duties
Son Matthew is doing a nice job carrying out roadie duties. Tonight I played a wedding reception at The Limestone Center in Maysville. He met Democratic Secretary of State candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes at the event.
On the way home, we made a stop in Nicholas County at Ladobee's Steak House. Matthew enjoyed it and suggested that we do this again.
Saturday, October 08, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Playing The Steel Pan Drum - Tropical Sounds In Kentucky
Years ago I heard a steel pan band while vacationing with my parents, brother and sister in Myrtle Beach. I was just a kid and loved the sound from the first time I heard it. As I walked along the beach, I could hear the hypnotic sounds of calypso and reggae being played. I followed the sound to a nearby hotel where a steel band was playing poolside. I listened until they had finished playing that day and later came back every afternoon that week to hear more.
Recently the steel pan drum topic came up when I was talking to Jeff Bayerle, the assistant band director at Henry Clay High School. He told me that the school owned some quality pan drums and that he knew where to buy the good ones. I then talked with several percussionist friends of mine (David, Bryan, Teresa, and Andrew) and they all recommended the same instrument and dealer. Panyard, a company out of Akron, Ohio, imports the instruments from Trinidad, where master pan makers build the instruments to Panyard specifications. When finished, they are shipped to the Ohio factory for tuning and tweaking of the instrument. I ordered a pan made from a 55 gallon drum about a month ago and was excited to receive it this past Monday.
I took a week of vacation from Hurst Music so that I could get a good start on learning to play the instrument. I practiced along with background tracks all day long on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday I played until I had to leave for my night gig at Giuseppe's. By Thursday I was getting around suffiently on the instrument and had put together a twenty minute playlist.
A Trial Run Gig In The Howell's Backyard
As a trial run for a gig, I took the instrument to the a neighbor's house and played in their backyard by the pool. Though I did okay, I was not confident enough to bring the instrument to my Thursday night gig at Giuseppe's. After the Thursday night gig, I practiced all night long and throughout the day Friday. On Friday night, I brought the instrument with me to Giuseppe's and played a couple of tunes each set. I had fun playing and the audience liked it. I practiced again on Saturday and took the drum with me to my gig at Caproni's Restaurant that evening. Again, it went over well.
Playing At Giuseppe's
As time goes by I will get better and more fluent in my playing. I look forward to the time when I can relax and play the tunes easily using muscle memory instead of having to think about everything and working so hard the way I currently do. I want to be able to make it look easy. I have some nice tropical shirts and a cool Panama Jack straw hat. I'll be ready when that time comes.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Playing The Opening Of The New UK Medical Center Pavilion
Sunday, May 08, 2011
Celebrating Melody's UK Graduation
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Tower Of Power's 40th Anniversary DVD
Thursday, December 30, 2010
My Conversation With Jazz Vocalist Gail Wynters
With Gail Wynters
I was playing a gig at Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano last night and noticed a blonde lady sitting at the bar, having coffee, and listening to me play. It was hard to see in the dimly lit room. She looked a lot like the fine jazz singer Gail Wynters, but I couldn't tell for sure. Fifteen or twenty years ago Ms. Wynters sat in with me on a gig, but we haven't played together since.
Because I wasn't positive that it was Ms. Wynters, I took a break and, through my sound system, played a Gail Wynters recording from my iPod and watched her closely to see her expression. I chose to play her version of "How Deep Is The Ocean", a cut from her "Boogie To Heaven" cd. I started the track, and within four beats, she lit up with a big smile, laughed, and said "I can't believe you are playing that! That's Dr. John playing the piano intro." It WAS Ms. Wynters!
We then had a wonderful conversation about music, musical venues, and musicians. She described some of her recording projects and talked a little about the time she spent singing in New York. Before I began my next set, she gave me a copy of her latest cd, one that has yet to be released. It is a fine recording featuring her, the fantastic pianist Roger Kellaway, and the great bassist Jay Leonhart. I sure enjoyed our conversation, the cd, and am hoping that we perform together onstage sometime soon. What a treat for me! She is great.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
The Airmen Of Note "Cool Yule" CD
One of the great benefits available to those who teach music is the opportunity to receive great, free recordings from the service bands. They offer these cds as educational and recruiting material. Last month I received The United States Air Force Airmen of Note's "Cool Yule" cd. It is absolutely fantastic.
The musical arrangements played on the cd are witty, fun, and swinging! The album opens with "Jing, Jing, Jing", a combination of Benny Goodman's "Sing, Sing, Sing" and the traditional "Jingle Bells". Also included is "Santanooga Choo Choo" (Chatanoogo Choo Choo/Santa Claus Is Coming To Town), "Faithful In Paris" (April In Paris/O Come All Ye Faithful), and many more. My favorite is their version of "Up On The Housetop". It is done with Stan Kenton's "Peanut Vendor" in mind.
I have played this cd for my students, for friends at my gigs at Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano and Caproni's Restaurant, and for the school band directors I visit each week. Everyone loves it.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Fun At The Kentucky Funeral Directors Convention
Dad and I played four gigs at the Kentucky Funeral Directors Association annual convention this week. We always enjoy the great folks at the convention. It was nice hearing friend David Haldeman's trombone when he sit in on a few tunes. I particularily enjoyed hearing Dad and David trading fours on a blues shuffle we played.
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Meeting A Future Musician
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band Was Burning At Cincy's Princeton High School
The tightest and most powerful big band performing today has to be Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band. My pals Wayne Miller and Kim Harrod joined me for a road trip yesterday to Princeton High School in Cincinnati to hear the incredible band. It was nice seeing that friends Miles Osland, Rich Byrd, and Gregory Wing had also made the journey up I-75 to witness and enjoy the event.
Phat Band Sound Check
Arriving early, we made our way down the long hallway to the back of the stage hoping to meet some of the musicians before the show. We found the band onstage executing a sound check and having a short rehearsal. The three of us had fun looking on.
With Gordon Goodwin
It was cool meeting Gordon Goodwin. I told him that I have been enjoying following him and the band on Twitter and on the web. He has a great talent for marketing the band and is a phenomenal composer, arranger, and player. During the concert he primarily played piano, but he did blow a great solo on tenor sax as well.
The band played some of my favorite Big Phat Band charts including "Hit The Ground Running", "Watermelon Man", "That's How We Roll", "Backrow Politics", "The Jazz Police", and a great arrangement of Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue". They also played "Race To The Bridge", a chart that will be included on their upcoming album. Fine jazz solos were heard from Francisco Torres, Wayne Bergeron, Bob Summers, Brian Scanlon, Jay Mason, and many others. Drummer Bernie Dresel and bassist Rick Shaw cooked all night long. I particularily enjoyed a tune that featured the wonderful trombone section of John Allred, Charlie Morrilas, Francisco Torres, and Craig Ware.
Eric Marienthal Was Smokin' On His Alto Sax
Lead alto saxman Eric Marienthal, whose new cd "Just Around The Corner" made it to #1 on the R & R Smooth Jazz Charts, played several fiery solos during the concert. I enjoyed his feature on "Play That Funky Music". What a hot player he is!
With Trumpet Ace Wayne Bergeron
The only thing that could have been better is the pa system. The main house speakers clipped and crackled throughout the evening during many of the solos. The eq setting on the primary solo microphone in front of the bandstand needed serious adjustment. I was sitting in the front row, so it didn't bother me too much, as I could hear the natural sound of the instruments on most of the solos.
On the way home, Kim, Wayne, and I stopped at Shakey's Pub & Grub for some of their award winning fish. We talked about the concert. Wayne was impressed with the tightness of the ensemble. Kim liked the players' mastery of their instruments. We all liked the power, technique, great charts, high energy, and exciting solos the unit offered up. This is a big band on steroids! It's Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band.