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Clarence Clemons, who at the age of nine received as a Christmas present his first saxophone in lieu of a train set, was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on January 11, 1942. His early love of football nearly led to another career, but, influenced by legendary players such as King Curtis and Junior Walker, it was the sax in which Clarence found his true calling. Like other E Streeters, Clarence played with other bands around the Asbury Park, New Jersey area before meeting Bruce. The meeting, and his subsequent entry into the E Street Band, is the stuff of legend: a stormy night, the Bruce Springsteen Band at a club called Student Prince, Clarence bursting through the door that literally blew off its hinges and stating his desire to play in the band

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Article: Interview

Dave McMurray: Blowing on the Edge of Grate-ness

Read "Dave McMurray: Blowing on the Edge of Grate-ness" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer


Saxophonist Dave McMurray's discography is reflective of the musical melting pot of his hometown jny: Detroit. Dave came up playing with everyone from bluesman Albert King, pianist Geri Allen, even Kid Rock. He is most known for his decades-long association with eclectic producer, and Blue Note label President, Don Was. Through Was, ...

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Article: Film Review

Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?

Read "Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


Clarence Clemons Who Do I Think I Am? MVD/Virgil Films 2019 Everyone probably has their favourite Clarence Clemons saxophone solo. Take that fiery blast at the close of Bruce Springsteen's “Thunder Road," for example, where Clemons blows a divine howl like some avenging angel. Clemons's life is documented in this ...

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Article: Film Review

Clarence Clemons: Who Do I think I am?

Read "Clarence Clemons: Who Do I think I am?" reviewed by Doug Collette


Clarence Clemons Who Do I Think I Am? MVD/Virgil Films 2019 It's difficult if not impossible to become enraptured watching the late Clarence Clemons' biopic/documentary Who Do I Think I Am? . But as with an autobiography Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales (Grand Central Publishing, 2009), that delivered ...

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Article: Album Review

Moppa Elliott: Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band

Read "Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Bassist Moppa Elliott is best known as the leader of the surrealistic jazz group, Mostly Other People Do The Killing, but his musical universe, encompassing work with symphony orchestras and new music ensembles, stretches much farther than that band's frantic music. This is reflected in this 2 CD set of Elliott leading three different types of ...

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News: Obituary

Clarence Clemons (1942-2011): An Appreciation

ate last night, I saw the email light blinking on my phone. A single new message had come in from one of my writer cohorts. The subject line read “Blood Brothers" ... and I knew. By the time you read this, thousands of obits will have already been published. The Clarence Clemons' story is well known ...


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