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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 ...


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.Th...


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 disasse...


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