photo: Howard Pitkow

NBJP: How old were you when you first played in front of an audience (beyond your family)?

TB: . I sang in church choir in elementary school so I suppose that must have been my first public performance. For saxophone it must have been in 7th grade band but I honestly don’t really remember. When I was in high school I started “sitting in” with my sax teacher, the great Paul Jeffrey, so that was probably my first public performance in a jazz club.


NBJP: What’s your favorite jazz tune (today)?

TB: Well, it changes daily but today it’s “Dita” by Orrin Evans since I just wrote an arrangement of it. We recorded it with the Captain Black Big Band this weekend!


NBJP: If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

TB: I wish I could dunk


NBJP: If you could live in any other time, when might that be?

TB: It would have been great to have been around to hear Charlie Parker and Clifford Brown, but since we live in such an exciting time in history I’m very satisfied with being around now.

NBJP: What’s the one thing about you few people know?

TB: . I am an amateur woodworker and have designed and made end tables, bookcases, sideboards and shaker-style clocks.


NBJP: Who’s your favorite non-jazz composer?

TB: I’m influenced by a wide array of composers across genres, but lately I’ve been listening to the Emerson String Quartet’s recording of the complete Shostakovich string quartets. There’s a lot of amazing music in that box set!


NBJP: What’s your favorite guilty pleasure (G-rated!)?

TB: Single malt Scotch.


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