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Where are you located?
Up State New York
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Arranger, Composer, Author, Jazz Historian
Tell us a little about your background...
My training was first in classical music and later I studied jazz, therefore my approach will be two fold in nature.

During my apprenticeship at the Boston Conservatory, I was a clarinet major. Attilio Poto was my teacher who also conducted the school orchestra. I remember he was always particular about tone quality. Man, he would stop me every measure or even every beat if he was not satisfied. It had to be right! Whenever I perform today I have other musicians who will compliment me on my tone. I played in the school orchestra. We performed symphonies by Hayden, Mozart, Mendelssohn and all of the Beethoven symphonies. Also we performed excerpts from operas such as: La Forza del Destino, Rigoletto, Simon Boccanegra, La Traviata, and more.

I studied theory with Minna Hall. She told me that I had a talent or gift and at times would be kind enough to say it in front of the whole class. I am grateful for that experience because if set the stage for something later in my life.

Dean Greslen taught me Italian. What a nice guy! He had a lot of patience with me because my Italian was not that good. He would say, “De Sayles, you’re doing great!” You could really speak Italian and they would understand you.” Well, he was right. One day I went to Rome as a tourist. I saw the sights and the Italians did understand my limited efforts to converse. I cannot speak Italian that would require more time in Italy. However, I was encouraged and inspired by him.

I was encouraged and inspired the whole time I was at the conservatory. Since then I took a serious interest in jazz, and perform on the baritone saxophone. I have toured with The Temptations, played with the Cecil Taylor Ensemble; The University of Pittsburgh Jazz Ensemble, traveled to Switzerland with the Doc Holiday Band, played with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra and later formed my own group, The De Sayles Grey Sextet. My demo tapes are on the Internet. Demo 3 is one of my originals. If you like, go to: http://www.youtube.com/DeSaylesGreySextet. And, I was a university professor; I authored a book entitled, Acknowledgement: A John Coltrane Legacy. (Copies can be obtained from the amazon.com web site).

My Sextet is my life now. I’ve composed over 30 original jazz compositions and over 25 arrangements. Exactly what was it that Minna Hall saw in me? Could it have been an early manifestation of a composer? In support of one’s own artistic life, I consider mine was fulfilled which had its beginnings at The Boston Conservatory. With my training in jazz and my training in classical music… I believe I have the best of both worlds.
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
Arnie Perez
What Instrument do you play?
Saxophone
What is your website address? Only websites that pertain to your business and how you can be contacted.
http://desaylesgreymusicnetwork.ning.com
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At 12:09pm on August 13, 2011, Ray Blue said…

Hello De Sahyles,

I just found your comment on the site and I thank you. Please take and use my email address.... rayblueisax@yahoo.com  Would like to speak with you.

 

Ray Blue

646-319-8008

At 6:51am on December 8, 2010, Petra Caramela said…
Hi again!
Check out my new page on
http://www.reverbnation.com/petracaramela#!
and my songs on the "reverbnation" PLAYER on my page here..
have fun, P
At 7:15am on September 30, 2010, Steve Clarke said…
Hey Sir,
Europe was great ! I think it's about my 20th trip and each one was awesome as far as people, music, and culture. What a Blessing to be part of the universal language.
Are you playing much, writing, recording ?
Holla anytime.
Steve ... Bpt CT.
At 7:42pm on September 27, 2010, Robert L. Cutts said…
Good Evening, Right now I am doing local bookings for my wife. We plan on doing a few shows in 2011 and will keep you in mind. Sorry I can not be much more help right now. Necie also has several formal Gala events for her Org. and I have your information. Right now Necie is looking to be a hired artist. So I am booking her with bands who need a powerful lead singer. She spent years overseas in Berlin Germany with her band and in the states. Now she just wants to come and sing herheart out with great musicians. Thanks for the reply and hope we can contiune to network. Have a blessed evening.

Robert L. Cutts
At 12:26pm on September 9, 2010, Elena said…
The level of jazz in Russia is not good enough. People who are not musicians imagine jazz as something stylish and beautiful. They are interested in the word jazz but they are not interested in going to concerts for the money. Those people who are musicians can not devote all their time for jazz because of the jazz underpaid. As a result, when the best Russian musicians play jazz together they have worse sound than the West Bands because they do not have time for rehearsals. All the time they spend on pop projects.
That is))
At 4:20am on July 27, 2010, Petra Caramela said…
Hi! Check out my new cd:
http://www.myspace.com/petracaramela
Have fun!
P
At 11:08am on July 6, 2010, ONYX MERMAID said…
"MOST DEFINITELY"...HAVE A LOVELY DAY,ONYX

At 10:25pm on July 5, 2010, ONYX MERMAID said…
DEAREST DR.GREY,THANK YOU FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP AS WELL!"GOT SWING"?{SMILING}YOU SAID TO STAY STRONG?THE LOVE OF ART AND ALL GENRES OF MUSIC HAS DEFINITELY KEPT ME STRONG,ALLOWING ME TO CONQUER IT ALL.I PRAY THAT ALL IS WELL,PEACE AND BLESSINGS MY BROTHER.I WILL CHECK OUT THAT BOOK OF YOURS ALSO.THANK YOU,ONYX
ENJOY THIS CALIFORNIA SUNSET I CAPTURED!

At 6:32pm on July 1, 2010, David C. Clark said…
Greetings Dr. Grey!! Thanks so much for the kind words and yes, I will definitely check out your book on Trane. Great to meet you here!! Peace & Blessings
At 12:43am on July 1, 2010, Dinah Crayton, J.D., M.A. said…
Thanks for the information. I will definitely order it from Amazon.com and give you some feedback after I read it. Keep doing what you're doing and may God continue to bless you.
 
 
 

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