I had the pleasure of meeting Sal Lozano back in 2008. I was in the Los Angeles area and he invited me to sit in on a recording session for Disney. No, I wasn't playing, just sitting back and listening to him and other great woodwind players Dan Higgins and Chris Bleth. Afterwords, Sal and I ate dinner with Dan before I got to watch them perform with the Wayne Bergeron Big Band. Over the course of that evening, Sal and I had lots of good conversations about music, big bands, and "doubling." Unfortunately, I wasn't recording the conversations, but I found it very interesting that those same topics, and more, appeared when Gordon Goodwin interviewed Sal for his podcast The Big Phat Chat. I highly encourage everyone to subscribe to that podcast. I know Gordon is extremely busy, but maybe he'll produce more episodes if he sees a spike in subscribers. Every episode features great "inside baseball" on what's happening in the music scene in LA as well as an interview with a member of the Big Phat Band. You should go back and listen to every episode, but I think Sal's interview covers lots of good topics musicians both young and old can benefit from listening to.
Big Phat Chat, episode 6 (featuring Sal Lozano Part 1)
Topics in Episode 6 include:
- Musicianship in playing 2nd parts
- Matching pitch and style with Lead Alto
- The chain of command in big band playing
- Section playing
- Stories of working with other great woodwind players in big bands