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list                           Mon, 11 Jan 1999           Volume 1 : Number 81

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Date: Sun, 10 Jan 1999 20:39:30 -0800
From: "David Neubauer" <>
To: <>
Subject: Contra on tour with NY Phil.

It might be too late, but the New York Philharmonic (my brother's old
orchestra) was in LA doing great contra pieces, Strauss Don Juan AND
Death and Transfiguration, Shostakovish 5.  (Friday), Beethoven 5 &
Shos 5 (Saturday).
New Contra Bassoonist (to NY Phil) Arlen Fast did a real good job, and
a nice guy.

San Francisco tonight and tomorrow (Monday) I think, then Chicago for
a few days.  Also on program (but not in LA) was Tchai. 6.

David Neubauer


Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 12:15:58 +0100
From: Drake Mabry <>
Subject: Re: SJ Sax Xmas

Hi Steven,

    Here's what I can propose for a postage/music trade.

    I don't have any tapes of me on bass sax. I regret that I never
bothered to tape any of my concerts myself and I never paid any
attention to who else did either. I did do a rough draft of a
contemporary composition of mine for tape which uses sounds all obtained
from my bass sax. The tape is crude and I never did a polished version.
Oh yes, I played mostly in the Texas area especially with the Alamo City
Jazz Band. I also did quite a few commercial dates (Budweiser, popsicles
etc.) on bass sax and played a number of contemporary pieces.

    More interesting is perhaps the tapes I have of Rollini, Clark, and
Hawkins etc. I could fit these on three 90 minute cassettes of good
quality chromium dioxide tape. I put the recordings in chronological
order starting with the Six Brown Brothers in 1917. With Rollini I also
included some of his recordings on vibes, piano, drums, etc. and a
couple of Spencer Clarks in which he plays 6 or 7 instruments by
multitrack. I think you would probably enjoy these. There must be about
ten bass sax players represented on the tapes - a good portion of
Rollini of course.

    Let me know what you think about this. I'll think some more about
what I might have to trade.

    Tomorrow I leave for Poitiers to teach composition for three weeks
at the University there. I'll be back the 27th.

    My last contact with Spence Clark was in the late 70's. I went to
see him at his home in North Carolina where we talked and played some
bass sax duets. I've lost touch since.

    Rushton was before my time although I certainly heard his

    all the best,



Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 10:06:12 -0800
From: Grant Green <>
Subject: Re: SJ Sax Xmas

>Is there a videotape available of this event?

Unfortunately, no.  There is a tape/CD option:  if you're interested, I'll
dig up the info.


Grant Green  


Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 12:18:10 -0800
From: Grant Green <>
Subject: Another Helicon FS


eBay has another helicon up for auction, at  The
seller can't tell if its a tuba or a sousaphone...  Current bid $360...

Also, another one at, current
bid $410.



Grant Green  


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