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May 22, 2011


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J. Carmo

I've enjoyed the Marcos Valle and Wanda Sa "warm-up" columns the past few days and have been looking forward to your post "in-concert" notes. How very cool for you to have experienced everything that went on in Brazil/Birdland. As always, thanks for the continuing education. -JC


That clip of the school band was so impressive that I clicked through and found a marvelous performance of a Jobim tune by a quintet led by the band's director (on sax) and featuring a 14 year old vocalist:


Incidentally, the trumpet soloist in the school band clip (playing a Benny Carter composition) appears to be all of 9 years old. Perhaps there's hope for the younger generation after all. (My own students listen to Gaga and can't be bothered with this type of music.)

T.K. Tortch

Oh, that Snooky Young Youtube clip is very, very nice. Just great phrasing and mute work.

Re the Spanish school band, the other day I happened to stumble across dozens of clips of saxophone orchestras, quartets, quintets, school groups, you name it -- from Brazil and Portugal. Apparently, all-sax or mostly sax outfits are particularly popular down/across there.

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