When an honor of ANY type is bestowed on you, you must try to take it graciously and thankfully and not question it or feel weird about it. Sometimes recognition from the ‘outside’ world is all we have because as you know many musicians (including myself) have trouble with loving themselves or conjuring up validity from within. I was shocked recently to find out that my name cropped up in Tim Tamashiro’s Blog in the TOP 5 CANADIAN SAXOPHONISTS category. Let me say that I’m truly honored to be considered in such high esteem and TimTam and CBC have been SOOOO supportive of all of my endeavours and if he considers me in that group than I who am I to question what he thinks.
I am A LOT of things but I’m very uncomfortable (I will no doubt still use it in all my press packages) with being considered in the Top 15 let alone the Top 5 saxophonists in Canada. Let’s get one things straight. I am NOT one of the Top 5 Saxophonists in Canada. As long as people like Steve Kaldestad, Mike Allen, Ross Taggart, Jon Bentley, Cam Ryga, Dave Say, Jerrold Dubbyk, Kent Sangster, Jim Brennan, Mike Murley, Kelly Jefferson, Jeff King, Luis Deniz, Al McLean and oh god how this list goes on are strapping wet reeds to a mouthpiece I will sit comfortably in the Top 15 to Top 50 saxophonists in Canada.
Now since we’re handing out awards, here are some that could justifiably come my way:
Best Jazz Club Owning Saxophonist
Saxophonist Who Puts Out The Most Records Of His Own (seems like once every month)
TOP 5 Saxophonists That Gets Frustrated An Nearly Quits At Least Once A Week
Best Saxophonists that uses the phrase “fucking burning”
I could go on and on!