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August 2003 Sax Trivia Contest

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BIll Robeson from Slidell, LA US

Contest background

This great saxophonist/clarinetist and teacher was born nearly 60 years after the invention of the instrument. He would go on to have a profound influence on many players, especially in regard to tone production and embrosure. He received formal training on clarinet at the New England Conservatory and took instruction from Gaston Hamelin on clarinet and Rudy Wiedoeft on saxophone.

While on first sax with Red Nichols' band he decided to settle in New York. He was first clarinet on the Telephone Hour for 18 years and the Du Pont radio show for 19. He played sax in the New York Philharmonic and on RCA Victor's recording of the Bizet L'Arlesienne Suite (conducted by Stokowski in the 1940s). He played clarinet and bass clarinet with the NBC Symphony of the Air.

He was a highly respected teacher at Juilliard, Columbia, NYU, Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College, Long Island University and Mannes College. His students included people such as Harry Carney [bass clarinet], Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Eddie Daniels, Paul Winter, Dave Tofani, Bob Berg, Warne Marsh, Eric Dolphy, Lee Konitz, and many, many others in the saxophone and clarinet world, both classical and jazz.

Contest Question

Who is this?

Correct Answer

Joseph A. Allard

Where You Could Have Found The Answer

Joe Allard Web Site
Thanks to everyone who entered the August Saxquest trivia contest.