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April 2006 Sax Trivia Contest

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Andy Wright from Little Elm, TX US

Contest background

This Grammy Award-winning musician was born in Brooklyn at a time when our country was engaging in WWII. By the age of 15 he had competed in the youth competition at the Newport Jazz Festival. He won the International Competition for Modern Jazz in Vienna in 1966. His Master's Degree is from Juilliard and he is well-known for his virtuosity in both the jazz and classical genres on two different instruments.

Contest Question

Who Is This Musician?

Correct Answer

Eddie Daniels first came to the attention of the jazz audience as a tenor saxophonist with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra. When Thad and Mel first organized their band in 1966 to play Monday nights at the Village Vanguard in New York, Eddie was one of the first musicians they called. Later that year, he sank $400 in a round-trip flight to Vienna to enter the International Competition for Modern Jazz, a contest organized by the pianist Fredrich Gulda and sponsored by the city of Vienna, and won first prize on saxophone. He continued working with Thad and Mel over the next several years and toured Europe extensively with them. A single clarinet solo recorded with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, "Live at the Village Vanguard" garnered sufficient attention for him to win Downbeat Magazine's International Critics New Star on clarinet. This conversion to clarinet was not new, for Eddie began clarinet at age 13 and received his Master's in Clarinet from Julliard. Winning numerous Grammy awards and nominations, Eddie Daniels revolutionized the blend of jazz and classical.

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Eddie Daniels
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