Carmen – Alto/Tenor Sax
Okay, I’ll bore you with the details :). I was a clarinet ed major in college in the 70’s. Decided not to teach but played in a very good cover band after graduation. Also was fortunate enough to play lead alto in the Pitt Jazz Band under Nathan Davis for two years. Kenny Clarke conducted the band for two months, which was also an incredible experience. Got married, started a business and had to decide between music or hockey, which I played in high school and college. Since music was prime time and hockey games were at 11:00 pm, I chose hockey. The league was made up of Olympic, minor pros, div I, etc. so the competition was a big draw. Quit playing at 50, the league kept getting younger and I wasn’t. Thus the Grrr8save moniker. Started back on sax in a rock band, then found a couple of big bands I now play lead in. Never learned to improvise, found Steve K online and loved his sense of harmony and here I am at 67. In addition to Nathan and Kenny, I’ve had the honor to meet and play with Richie Cole, Mike Tomaro, Kenny Blake and a host of other great musicians who have been very encouraging. I recently retired and plan to begin practicing a lot more.