saxandcandy
36 Astoria, United States
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My self-summary
Musician. Teacher sometimes; not right now. I have settled into focusing on jazz (post bop) and new music (mostly avant-garde); I play saxophone. I suppose I tend to be more conservative in the jazz realm and liberal in classical. I was teaching jazz studies at the university of Rochester. I guess it wasn't really working too well for me, be it the job or the location, so I'm going to move to New York. My employment won't be as glorious when I arrive, but I'm trying to focus on more meaningful performing. It's pretty much a kind of a take it or leave it situation; sorry. If you have more of a value for practicality and stability, I'm probably not your guy right now, haha.

Not divorced. No kids. Did live with an ex a few years back for four years though, so I can talk and shit.
What I’m doing with my life
Currently not a ton. I was a full time teacher at the university of Rochester for four years, which really sucked. I taught part time at Cornell before that after I finished my doctorate at Eastman SM. I try to play out a lot. I'll play maybe one or two jazzy jazz gigs a week, and give a classical recital every other month or so. I try to avoid gigs that make me feel pathetic, but it definitely happens sometimes.
I’m really good at
Messing up my sleep schedule.

I can execute a few eminem songs pretty well. I tried to karaoke him one time at a bar, but the rhythms were too tricky to be programmed properly on the backing track so it didn't really work out. Boy, that doesn't sound awkward.
The first things people usually notice about me
Hair or maybe clothes...ya know, the important stuff. My hair is shorter now. Need to post a picture.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies: Lynch, Kubrick, Goddard, Bunuel, Almodivar, Cronenberg (earlier stuff). This is the type of list that a film scholar would find particularly odious. I also love comedies: Christopher Guest films, all of the Ben Stiller/Owen Wilson stuff; pretty much anything with Vince Vaughn. The older Adam Sandler movies were some of my early favorites, but I could even go back to Revenge of the Nerds and Moving Violations and stuff like that.

My favorite movie of all time is Belle de Jour. Made in USA (Goddard) is also an incredible film.

Shows: Parts Unknown, Curb your Enthusiasm. Seinfeld. SCTV, sort of; it was probably funnier at the time. Six Feet Under. Dexter. Real Time. Frontline. BBC World.

Books: Camus, Burroughs, Henry Miller, Kurt Vonnegut, Flannery O'Connor, Shakespeare. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Invisible Man, Crime and Punishment, Howl, The Bell Jar, The Trial; not much contemporary stuff, I guess. The Stranger is my favorite novel so far.

Comedians: George Carlin, Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, but only when he's impersonating R. Kelly. David Cross is my favorite. As you can see, my knowledge of comedy is quite historical in nature, haha.

Music: All kinds of crazy stuff. Anthony braxton the past week (no, not the r&b singer, although she is smooth as shit). But then I'll always have my finger on the pulse of the current pop music trends too. Frankly, the dichotomy is sort of creepy, haha. I don't listen to much classical music. The current state of "serious music" is up in the air, and I continue to try to steer my listening and playing with that in mind.
The six things I could never do without
1. Turnip cakes from Flavors of Asia.

2. Good comedies, comedy shows and stand up.

3. Anti-psychotics (naw, just kidding).

4. My three beautiful teenage daughters. Okay, sorry, last joke.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I find that a straight answer to this question tends to sound intrinsically unintelligent, haha. I just keep thinking about those damn dirty dishes...
On a typical Friday night I am
Either out with a friend or friends, playing a gig, or maybe staying in and ordering a pizza or something really fucking exciting like that. Maybe watching tv, half awake with a metaphorical needle hanging out of my arm.
You should message me if
you don't have a profile picture. I find women without profile pics extreeeemely sexy...oh and women with a couples pictures with their exes...very hot, and a very intelligent tactic.
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