Hello my resilient friend,
Considering the recent and heartbreaking events happening around the world and the devastating natural disasters hitting The Caribbean and The US, I'd like to remain focused on some positives and unassumingly share a few lines about my experience with Charlie DeChant last night at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino.
If being a good player was the only thing required to be the best at your craft, Charlie DeChant would be at the top of the list, luckily for me, the man is also a class act and a wonderful guy! Not only did he fit into my set of covers like a seasoned veteran but he also performed some of his Open Strings and Like The Weather numbers on Tenor & Soprano Sax and gave a "clinic" on the art of playing the Flute.
Charlie just came back from Dublin and London after playing shows with Hall and Oates to put up a master class last night at The Council Oak. There's a link to a song called "The Greens" at the end of this entry for you to enjoy. He agreed to be featured in an upcoming new original song as well and that really got me excited. If you can make it to one of the shows this month, it would be awesome. He is music royalty without a trace of doubt.
Check out the Where? link at the top of the page to see "where" we'll be performing next and listen to his work on iTunes under Charlie DeChant or The Charlie DeChant Band.
Thank you Roomie!
During the whole month of November I'll be featuring Charlie DeChant on Sax and Flute.
I was introduced to Charlie by Mike Ryan at a concert at The Sail Pavilion (Tampa Convention Center) that featured The Charlie DeChant Band as a headliner and on which I performed alongside other local musicians.
I have had the great pleasure of playing with Charlie DeChant in a few different cities in Florida. One time we were getting ready for an event down in Key West and I mentioned that the client wanted to listen to Africa by Toto. Charlie grabbed his flute and proceeded to re-construct the timeless flute like solo in about 5 minutes. It was absolutely incredible to witness that.
Here's a little bit more on this talented multi-instrumentist and overall awesome guy.
Charles DeChant is the saxophone and keyboard player for the multi-platinum selling recording artists Hall & Oates. He has been playing in the band since 1976. Notable saxophone solos are heard in "One on One", "Maneater," the extended version of "Say It Isn't So," and "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)." DeChant also plays with several local bands in his home town, Orlando, Florida. He also plays flute, piano, and guitar.
Besides recording and touring with Hall & Oates, DeChant also played with other stars including Mick Jagger, The Temptations, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Bonnie Raitt, and The Average White Band. DeChant is now a writer, producer, and solo artist.
Hello my Brothers, Peeps, Snoops and Friends,
I just saw this mention while searching the web (Read through). A nice touch indeed by Creative Loafing's writer Ray Roa.
I knew my years of dedication to the Loops would earn me one or two of these one day. I thank my brothers TOF and Mo for their priceless support and endorsement through the years (You know what I mean) and a special shout out to Al from Guitarcenter Tampa (He was at Sam-Ash at the time), for telling me 15 years ago that Boss had came out with a looping pedal and that it was exactly what I was looking for, I still light up when I see that guy, for I know he was the first person to point out this awesome tool.
Back to practicing all the wrong notes... Your comments are appreciated, if not essential to keep this new effort going in the right direction. Thank you all!
Just wanted to give you all heads up about a performance at The Council Oak inside the Seminole Hard Rock Casino this coming Friday 1st of September 2017. The guest will be saxophonist Butch Thomas. Mr. Thomas has shared the stage with quite a few influential musicians during his career and has been part of historic music assembles led by some of the biggest names in music history like Jaco Pastorius, Thomas Dolby, Lenny Kravitz and Sting. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to play with this great musician and can't wait to play all the wrong notes so I can sound jazzy.