This Madness Has To Stop

Just shy of my 18th birthday, I got a mysterious phone call. “This is Hank Rush. I sing lead and run the Fantastic Showmen. We need a saxophone player and you were recommended to me. You interested in a gig?” 

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The Blue Note – June 4, 2018


So… where to begin?

Until last night, after almost 32 years as a musician in New York, I had never played the Blue Note. I’d been there many times to hear other artists. Never set foot on the stage myself.

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Creating A Unique Identity on the EWI

This originally appeared on my EWI website,, on September 12, 2012:

​​I think ultimately the question becomes: “What creates a musical identity on an instrument?” I’ve posted this question before on other wind forums and have gotten minimal…

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30 Years… where has it gone?

30 years… My oh my. Where has it gone? On July 16, 1986, – 30 years ago today – the 19 year old version of me, from nowhere-special North Carolina stepped off a Piedmont Airlines jet, with a duffel bag…

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Civility In An Age Of Disorder

I wrote this as a response to behavior in an FaceBook discussion group:

There’s been a lot of discussion lately of “pro” in this group, and what that means vis a vis the beginning and intermediate members (and pros I…

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My Review of the Ridenour Bass Clarinet

In the fall of 2011, I was asked to play the low reed chair on the first national tour of the Tony Award winning Broadway show, Memphis. Since I didn’t own my own bass clarinet at the time, and had…

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