saxandcandy
37 Astoria, United States
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My self-summary
Musician. Teacher sometimes; not right now. I'm a classical and jazz saxophonist; and play some clarinet and a little flute. I suppose I tend to be more conservative in the jazz realm and liberal in classical, but I have been working into an avant garde jazz aesthetic at times over the past year. As far as classical music, I definitely lean more towards recent composers. I was teaching jazz studies at the university of Rochester over the past four years.

Not divorced. No kids. Did live with an ex a few years back for four years though, so I can talk and stuff.
What I’m doing with my life
Currently not a ton. I'm just getting by gig to gig right now, so sort of biding time. So I guess I'm more of a post Great Recession anti-hero type of male, if you're into that type of thing. And why wouldn't you be??? Haha. Anyway, I was a full time teacher at the university of Rochester for four years. I taught part time at Cornell before that after I finished my doctorate at Eastman SM. Lately I've been trying to focus on writing music, but it's tough out there for a pimp with three classical saxophone degrees.
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: Curb your Enthusiasm. Seinfeld. SCTV, sort of; it was probably funnier at the time. Six Feet Under. Dexter. Real Time. Frontline. BBC World. The Affair, haha. Vice news. Last week tonight. CNN, HBO, Showtime.

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). I actually listen to a lot of pop music too. Lately I've been listening to a lot of modern jazz saxophone solo albums, and deeply considering whether this is a genre that is sustainable. Along the way, I've been trying to soak up the writing aesthetic of modern jazz tenor players, because I think there is a specific one.
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 guess some questions really are stupid...
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...and any profile that hints at being fake is a huuge turn on
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