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Mose Allison: The Musician's Musician

Mose John Allison Jr, or just Mose Allison as we know him, is one the many jazz legends that has contributed to jazz and blues. Born on 11th of November 1927. Mose's fascination with music started when he discovered an ability to replay the tunes that he heard on the jukebox. He took a liking to boogie and blues tunes. He pursued his love for music playing in bands, playing the trumpet in his school band and was even writing his own tunes when he was just in school.

His inspiration at the time were the chartbusters of his time - Louis Jordan, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Duke Wellington, Fats Waller and the likes. Even when he joined the army in 1946, he pursued his love for music by playing in bands and entertaining army folks. He played with many of the top musicians and bands nationwide during this period of time.

After he had done his time in the Army, he went back to music and joined a dance band as trumpet player, piano player and arranger. But he moved on from there and went on to form his own band of three who followed the musical styling of his favorite musicians - Nat King Cole and Louis Jordan.

After almost a year of incessant touring, he married his wife and went to college to finish a BA in English and Philosophy. Upon completion of his education, he went back to music and carried on playing in small clubs. His influences grew and to the list were added Mercy Mayfield, Charles Brown, John Lewis, Thelonius Monk and Al Haig.

His hard work paid off as Mose was appreciated and encouraged by his fans. He came to New York like every other musician at the time wanted to to make it big. In 1957, he got himself a recording contract with Prestige Records and recorded his first album - Back Country Suite - which was well appreciated and got critical acclaim. The success saw him perform with more of the greats of his time including his own Mose Allison Trio.

Then on it's just history in the making, with Mose Allison breaking more barriers and pushing the bill further each time. He inspired many a great artiste just like he was inspired when he started out. His music is the best combination blues, jazz and some very good lyrics - mostly humorous. Mose Allison is admired because he got all these three together in the just the right proportion which only speaks of his genius. The Who's Pete Townsend and ex Rolling Stone Bill Wyman have quoted him as their inspiration.

All the top artists of the world in all genres have covered his songs - the most revered among whom are Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, The Yardbirds and Bonnie Raitt. Blues singer Van "The Man" Morrison has even recorded an entire album in tribute to the man titled Tell Me Something, The Songs of Mose Allison in 1995. A one hour documentary Mose Allison; Ever Since I Stole the Blues directed by Paul Barnays was testimony to the fact that the intricateness and the intimateness of his music has to date made him the most well known jazz musician in the UK.

His Live 2001 release Mose Chronicles, Live in London, Vol.I won him a Grammy. The follow-up volume was his last release but there have been re-releases of his music in the past few years. A 2006 Long Island Music Hall Of Fame inductee, Mose, now in his 80th year, is still performing worldwide.

Mose's present residence is on Long Island,New York where he stays with his wife of more than 57 years. They have together have four children. Their daughter Allisa is an attorney while their other daughter is country star Amy Allison. They have one more daughter Janine is a working psychiatrist while the couples only son John is a Telecommunication specialist.

There have been many tributes to Mose Allison in many forms. While they will keep on coming, we can be sure that the 80 year old Allison is only going to play better and better while he tries to give himself room for improvement.


What's The Difference Between An Orchestra & A Band?

Different combinations of musicians are given different names, based mostly on personnel, instrumentation, and the style of music played.

An orchestra, traditionally, is made up of the following: strings (violins, violas, cellos, bass), brass (trumpets, trombones, french horns), woodwinds (clarinet, oboe, bassoon, flutes, piccolos), and percussion (snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, misc. percussion instruments). Although there are exceptions, an orchestra plays mostly symphonic music (Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, etc.) and most often performs in a concert setting. Most orchestras are seated the same way with the violins and violas on the conductor's left, cellos to his right, woodwinds behind the strings, brass in back to the conductor's right, and percussion, back center. Its quite common that a piano is included to the conductor's immediate left. A soloist usually takes this position as well. The average size of an orchestra is 75 to 100 players. Smaller groups of 50 or less are often called chamber orchestras.

The word orchestra is sometimes used in a less informal way such as the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. The Boston Pops orchestra is known for playing popular songs of the day.

A concert band, unlike an orchestra, has no stringed instruments such as violin or cello. And where an orchestra usually has three trumpets, a band can have as many as twelve (as well as that many trombones and clarinets). Although concert band music can range from symphonic to popular to Jazz, many bands are known for playing marches such as The Stars and Stripes Forever and The Washington Post March. Some bands play both in a concert setting and perform as a marching band (such as in parades or as part of the entertainment at a football game).

The word band, of course, can also be used to describe a rock band, Dixieland band, or hip hop band. Personnel and instrumentation varies widely in these kind of groups as well as does the music being played.

A choir is made up entirely of singers (and often a piano accompanist) and most often takes the form of male and female vocalists divided into five voices (vocal ranges): soprano and alto (women) and tenor, baritone, and bass (men). Music written for choirs utilizes the five voices to create the parts that might otherwise be played by musical instruments. Choirs can be all male or female and there are many specialty choirs such as singers that perform only certain styles of music. Jazz choirs are quite common as are barbershop quartets.

An ensemble is a "catch all" phrase for a group of musicians. The term is mostly used to describe string ensembles. The term is sometimes used when describing a group of singers (e.g., a vocal ensemble). Typically, an ensemble contains four to twenty members. It is derived from the word "assembly."

The word combo (from the word "combination") is sometimes used when describing an ensemble, but for the most part, it means a four-or five-piece group, typically with guitar, bass and drums. You'll see the term most often when describing jazz musicians (i.e., a jazz combo).


On Cleaning a Soprano Sax

Anyone who owns a soprano sax can feel proud to have purchased a truly excellent musical instrument. It takes a great deal of talent and skill to play such and instrument. It also takes a bit of talentd and skill to clean one.

As much as we all wish it was not the case, you need to take a little time out to clean a soprano saxopone. The reason you need to do this is twofold. First, you need to clean the sax out in order to ensure it plays properly. Second, you do not want the soprano sax to degrade due to neglect. Don't be too concerned though about the effort required to clean out such an instrument. As long as you are aware of a few basic steps, you will find this is a really easy instrument to clean.

To clean the soprano saxophone, you will need to take it completely apart. This might be the easy part. Putting it back together will, however, become a lot harder if you lose any of the pieces. So, it should go without saying you will need to be very mindful of where you place the various parts when you disassemble your sax.

Once you have disassembled the soprano saxophone, you can take the needed steps to start cleaning it. You would be best served cleaning the exterior of it first. This is done through wiping and polishing it. Pay close attention to the presence of oil or fingerprints as they can commonly collect on the surface of a sax made of brass.

The various valves and openings on the sax may end up dirty or clogged. Very carefully clean this out with a nonabrasive swab. The mouthpiece for the sax will need to be cleaned out with a special mouthpiece brush. You are also well advised to apply alcohol to the mouthpiece in order to sterilize it and eradicate any germs which might be present.

The inside of the soprano saxophone and the outside neck of the sax will need to be cleaned thoroughly with a swab. You definitely would want the outside of the sax to be cleaned to the point that it is shining since this will make for an impressive visual display.

It is also advised not to wait to long in between cleanings. The longer you wait then the more difficult the cleaning process will be.

Once you have finished cleaning the various parts of the soprano sax, you can then put it back together.


The Bass of the Band The Tuba

The tuba is best known as a member of the brass family, though it is also known as a wind instrument and an aerophone. It is a rather new instrument as it only first appeared in the mid 1800s. It has the lowest pitch of all the brass instruments and like other brass instruments is played by blowing directly into the mouthpiece through closed lips. This creates the vibration needed to make the sound. What also makes this instrument unique is that there is a record with the exact date that the creators of the instrument granted a patent for it. Apparently, the instrument was first recognized as the tuba on the 12th of September in 1835.

The tuba comes in a few different variations. Firstly, there are different tubas that have different pitches, including F, E-flat, CC and BB-flat. To create the different pitches, the size of the tuba also differs, with the F tuba being the smallest with a total of 12 feet of tubing and the BB-flat tuba being the largest with a total of 18 feet of tubing.

The tubing of the tuba is wrapped so that the musician can easily hold it and play it and the tubing slowly increases in diameter as it goes from the mouthpiece to the end of it, which is called the bell. There are also different models that use either piston or rotary valves. There is much debate in which type of valves is the better one to use, but there is still no real proof to which one is actually the better type of valves to use. Not all tubas are limited to three valves. In fact, tubas can any number of valves from three to six in total, though there have apparently been some exceptions. The least expensive tubas are the ones that only have three valves and they go up in expense with the more valves they have. Each valve is responsible for lowering the pitch that the tuba creates.

The tuba may not be as popular as some other instruments, but it is one that appears to attract a decent amount of interest. As mentioned before, many will take it up for use in marching bands and school bands. While it can be an expensive instrument when purchased new, the three valve tuba is also one of the more affordable instruments. It is also a little easier to learn than others, thought the instrument is a little more complex than some other brass instruments.

It is often available to students in schools because the instruments, especially when used, are relatively affordable and the sheet music is fairly easy and inexpensive to purchase. In fact, many schools are lucky enough to have people donate these kinds of instruments to them, because the people that used to own the instruments believe that music is something that young people should have the opportunity to learn an instrument. This instrument is also easy to find at pawn shops or used instrument stores for anyone who wishes to try learning the instrument.


Getting Used Clarinets For a Great Price

One of the more beautiful types of instruments to play is the clarinet. It is an instrument that sounds wonderful when played, and it has proven to be one of the more popular instruments in music.

It may happen that your child becomes enchanted with the sound of the clarinet, and they choose to begin playing it. Don't think it can't happen, many musicians have made it their livelihoods to play the clarinet.

It is a staple of jazz music as well, and many jazz musicians have expressed admiration of the instrument.When your child asks for a clarinet, you are going to need to find one and you can expect it will be expensive.This is because they are high end type of instrument, and that means you will be paying a lot for it. That then creates the worry that your child will not take to the clarinet and you will be left with a shiny paper weight that cost you a few hundred dollars. So, what can you do if this happens to you so that you do not end up out hundreds of dollars when your child stops playing?

The best thing you can do is the easiest, just buy a used clarinet. Used clarinets can be found in a multitude of places, including pawn shops. However, pawn shops will not always have them because they are specialty items that not everyone owns.

As a result, you may only be left with the option of finding them online. This can be done with a quick search for 'used clarinets' and you will find hundreds of hits for your search, including eBay and Craigslist.

This means that you will have little trouble finding the used clarinets you need for your child.
When you have a used clarinet, you will take the pressure off your kid to succeed. When you buy a new one, you will want them to keep using the clarinet so that you do not feel like you wasted money. This in turn will cause them to hate the clarinet even more and they will stop playing, it is a lose-lose situation. However, with a used clarinet, you know you can just sell it for more or less what you paid, and you will be fine.

Clarinets are used by many musicians around the world and they have become a staple of classical music and jazz. As a result, you may find your child has taken a liking to the clarinet and you could end up buying one. However, if you do end up buying one, the best thing you can do is buy a used one.

A used clarinet will not be one that doesn't work, but it will probably be from a family that bought a new one for a child in the family, but the child stopped playing, so they are trying to sell it to someone else. You can benefit from that and if you sell, you don't have to worry about much, if any, loss on your purchase.


The Little Heard Cousin of the Trumpet

The cornet is an instrument that is a member of the brass instrument family. Its appearance is close to that of the trumpet in its design. The tubing is wrapped in a clever way that will allow the musician to easily carry and play the instrument, and the tube's diameter increases in size until the end. It is a common mistake for people to believe that the cornet has originated from the medieval cornett, but in truth there is no relation. In fact, the cornet originated from the simple horn, just as the bugle was. The cornet really developed when the improvements on piston valves were made, which was in the early 1800s.

Today, the cornet is a fairly popular instrument that is used in concert bands and brass bands more than it is used in marching bands and military, though it can sometimes be used in these too. Referring back to the valves of the cornet, they really were the largest part in bringing in the creation of the cornet. In fact, it was in adding these valves to the horn in the early 1800s that the actual cornet was first invented. While the cornet would seem similar to the trumpet, they differed greatly for a while before the trumpet also had the valves added into its design. Today, they are so similar that the coronet and the trumpet can play the same notes and fingerings.

The cornet has not changed too much since it was first invented, and it has only been around for a couple hundred years, but it is a brass instrument that has received a decent amount of interest over the years. One can see it played in a number of different musical genres and people of different ages have given it a try. In fact, a number of young jazz musicians in the 1900s began their careers by learning how to play the cornet.

The cornet has a more mellow and warm tone that is attractive to many people who decide to learn how to play the instrument. It is also an instrument that is recommended to beginners who have never played a brass instrument before. It can be a little challenging at first for someone who is new to playing any kind of wind instrument, but it can be quite rewarding in the end. Learning the sheet music and how to manipulate the keys properly can also take some time, but not as long as it can take to learn other more complex instruments. It is also another instrument that can be offered at some schools that have them.

Overall, the instrument is not too difficult to learn and so is a great instrument to offer in grade school to younger people who would like to try learning a musical instrument. The sheet music for the cornet is also easier to acquire than more expensive sheet music for other instruments. The instrument is even donated to the schools on occasion by people who have no more use for their cornet. Anyone who wishes to try the instrument outside of school can often find used cornets in used instrument stores or pawn shops.


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