Monday, November 28, 2011

Sid Blair Interview - Happy Life of a Freelancer (Podcast)

 This post is to accompany our interview with woodwind extraordinaire - Sid Blair. The pictures are in chronological order - when possible. You can listen to (or download) the podcast here, and also at Itunes.

1948 - Sid Blair in Wayne State University Band.

1950 - Tom Houghton Band with Sid Blair on Alto -
At the club Pandora's Box - dig the real piano bar!!

A young Mr. Blair conducting in 1951.

Grant Jr. High School band that Sid built from scratch!
photo taken 1956

Arch Richards (L) & Sid Blair (R)

1962 Downbeat article
about Tom Houghton band.

1971 Program from Carnegie Hall
concert with Sid on alto.

1971 photo of Carnegie Hall rehearsal -  Detroit Symphony
taken by Sid during 1st half.

1972 gettin' around in the Austin Moro band.

Bob Durant Band - 1970s

John Trudell Band date unknown

1981 with the Glen Miller Band

1982 pay stub from session at Motown Records

1984 - just a few lightweights on the resumé...

Sid in the Frank Roberts band 1990s

1998 Sid Blair in St. Augustine
photo taken by Fred Carle.

1998 - Sid & Helen board the SS Norway
to play with Tex Benecke

2000 - Sid & Helen Blair on another
big band cruise.

2003 NEFJA concert
with the Three Blairs + Two

2008 - program from concert featuring
Sid on clarinet at
Stetson University

local music happenings in Daytona Beach...

Sid and grandson Christopher spend the holiday jamming.

2011 Sid with Jim Miller in Big Band America
Photo courtesy of Hometown News.

1 comment:

  1. I am glad to see your career flourish these many decades. I hope to see you perform in person. I really enjoyed your practice in the Grant Junior High School band room after school. I asked you how to improvise and you tried to explain it to me.
    Your fan,
    Bill Yee