Biography and music

Well, where does one begin. I'll kick off from when I lived in Salus street, Burnley, Lancashire, and 9years old, opposite the big chimney of Victoria hospitals boiler house. The gentleman next door played alto sax in the dance band at the Romany ballroom in Nelson, and consequently I guess I must have got the sax bug from him. Anyhow I failed my eleven plus and landed at Barden school for boys and had a great couple of years in the band there, where I played my first sax solo "Old man river". From there I passed my thirteen plus and moved on to Townley technical high school. A brilliant site for more school info is Friends Reunited At sixteen years of age, long hair, Rolling Stones, Beatles etc were at Nelson Imp, and my group days commenced.

Bands played in
* Outer Limits * Swinging Hangmen * Kudos * Blues Unlimited * District Blues Company * Cat road show (London) *Rain & Tears * Pied Pipers(Germany) *
On returning from Germany, I did a short spell backing the Hollies on tenor sax, with Jimmy Jewel from Brierfield on alto, where r u now Jimmy?
* Ricky Allen Set/Cats Whiskers Burnley/Tiffanys Wigan/Grafton Rooms Liverpool * Dream Machine/Tiffannys Bradford *
Now it was 1978 & time to go solo, so Stevie Gold was born. From then on it was the club & cabaret scene for a good few years which was to lead to my eventual move up here to the North East, all down to a female, of course.



If anyone out there remembers any of the bands please let us know!

Saxophone Tuition Please
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Cost per lesson

Lessons are half hour or hourly sessions
Recommended Tutor books:  Well there are so many tutor books around these days, some full of bluesy jazz riffs or whatever, John O'niell has one for alto and tenor with some really nice duets for the teacher and pupil to play, and there's a complte guide from Peter Gelling from http://www.learntoplaymusic.com/ but for the complete beginner who cannot read a note of music i don't think you can beat--------
-----ABRACADABRA, as it is so easy to understand, and gives you the basics which you cannot do without, whatever style you wish to progress to.

Also "Otto Langey", quite hard going but for technique & site reading, an excellent choice. This is the book i was brought up on, giving my age away now!

as used by Dave Clarke
I also use"Saxmania blues greats/Jazz Hits," & a book called "Session time"(solos that expand into ensembles), published by Boosey & Hawkes. My approach to teaching is to encourage enthusiasm. If the student is to become bored easily, he or she is never going to learn very much. but if one is taught the basics, plus tunes that mean something to them, they will enjoy practicing. Theory is taught alongside technique , and improvisation, plus I advocate regular lessons, promoting good routine , thus promoting progress . If you're into improvising around some great standards, get the book & cd from "Jamie Aebersold". It carries the scores for all instruments, piano, alto, Tenor, & bass, & the backing tracks on the cd are ace.

Top Tip

Practicing at home

Ten minutes every day is better than one long lesson per week. It allows the pupil to get more quickly aquainted with their instrument.
The "Selmer Mk6" tenor is my favourite instrument of all, & I've owned one since 1972. My alto which I mainly use for teaching is a very old "Hawkes", from long before Boosey & Hawkes was formed.
The mouthpiece I use on my tenor is a metal Berg-Larson, metal because the sound tends to carry further when playing large auditoriums, & I've always used a 2 1/2 reed.

Fox on the prowl

Fox on the prowl
This was taken on a sunny january morning at 10am in Gateshead, where earlier the same day, a fox with another either a vixen or a young one, snarled at someone near our front entrance,

Sunrise

Sunrise
the calm before another storm

1957 Wolseley 6/90

1957 Wolseley 6/90
Came by this photo of one of my favourite cars of all time, the Wolseley 6/90 the other day which takes me back to when i worked at Rolls Royce at Barnoldswick, the Wellfield factory in about 1966. I had a Wolseley 15/60 farina model, but the engine blew up, & this guy who had a small backstreet garage across from the factory put a 1500cc engine out of an A55 in, but it just wouldn't pull so i popped across to see him. As i was looking around he asked me if i fancied this car, a grey 6/90 with a straight 6 2639.4cc engine. He wanted £38 for it so i bought it. The photo is from the original handbook from the car, pity i haven't got the car to go with it! It was an absolute cracker to drive, with a tiny gear leaver at the r/h side as the front seat was a large bench seat right across, an overdrive lever and handbrake coming from under the dash. The body shell was very thick, you couldn't dent the wing, they were solid, really well made. When i was down London doing a bit of recording, i picked up a black 6/90 with an Austin healy 3ltre engine in it but the diff didn't match, so it sounded beautiful but it did not have the power.

Blackpool tower

Blackpool tower
The picture shows the view from the top of the tower looking down through the new glass floor, in August before the comedy patio thing which is brilliant, was finished. The illuminations are good in my oppinion, we had a trip through the lights on the coach, a Chris Cooper coach trip, highly recomended.