January 14, 2017

What if you actually waltzed in late?

Most of us, if we are late for a professional appointment, will show a great deal of remorse and quickly broadcast both apologies and excuses as we walk into the room. There is a certain hangdog, stressed out, frazzled air that accompanies our tardy entrance and we will usually heap some extra shame on ourselves for our crime.… Read the rest

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January 13, 2017

A Harmonica Lesson with Yvonnick Prene

If you haven’t heard of this guy you need to check him out. He can really play some serious jazz on the chromatic harmonica and he is deadly serious about his practice regime. I had a gig in New York City so I contacted him and stayed an extra day to meet him for a 90 minute lesson on January 9th, 2017.… Read the rest

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January 13, 2017

A nice letter from harmonica virtuoso Buddy Greene

I kept running into Buddy at events and once on a hiking trail. So I sent him a demo cd with mostly harmonica playing and some of my flute and saxophone on it also. He sent me a note saying that the cd was damaged and wouldn’t play so… I sent another one.… Read the rest

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August 24, 2016

The Carman Heart of a Champion World Tour

I got the call in 1999 to be a part of this tour. They wanted horn players that could double on stuff like keys or percussion. So I played some keys in addition to the saxophone. It’s funny it was called World Tour because we stayed in the States exclusively.… Read the rest

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August 23, 2016

Donna Summer the Queen of Disco!

I moved my family to Nashville in 1997 with some vague, unfocused goals of furthering my career as a musician. I wasn’t sure what to expect or what would happen. A couple months after I arrived I met a guy at my church who told me he ran front-of-house sound for Donna Summer.… Read the rest

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August 23, 2016

The Legendary Jimmy Church!

Jimmy and the princeI’ve been working with The Jimmy Church Band since June 2015. The 10-piece band specializes in providing quality entertainment for private, upscale events. It’s a big group with a big sound featuring a horn section and two pretty girls out front.… Read the rest

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August 2, 2016

With Denver and the Mile High Orchestra since 2003!

Ross denver clarinetDenver and the Mile High Orchestra was founded in 2000 by trumpet player, vocalist, and arranger Denver Bierman and some like-minded students at Belmont University in Nashville. So the band really is from Nashville, TN and NOT from Denver, CO. Denver has been a shining example for me of someone who chose not to put his musical gifts in some kind of churchy, religious box but has actually successfully brought real quality jazz into conservative Baptist churches and everybody loves it!… Read the rest

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July 19, 2016

My Time with Donnie and Nancy Emerson

Ross with Donnie NancyDonnie and Nancy are a husband and wife duo who frequently perform as a trio or quartet. I was happy to be a part of their musical world from 2010 through 2013 while living in Spokane, WA. Donnie has had a lot of press in recent years because of a record he made as a 16-year old boy which was discovered by a vinyl collector who wrote a very enthusiastic blog about it.… Read the rest

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