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Original and Original Collaborations playing saxophone and EWI over electronic backgrounds
Stan Halaby II aka Saxsinger, is originally from Detroit, Michigan and resides in presently in San Antonio, Texas. He studied saxophone, vocal music, and theater at Macomb Community College and Wayne State University in Detroit. Having to cut his college short, Stan joined and served 7 years in the US Air Force where he finished off his Bachelor's Degree in music and foreign language. Even through college and the Air Force, since 1986, Stan performed music locally wherever he was at, Detroit, Monterey California, Baltimore Maryland, and San Antonio, Texas. Over the 21 years of 'gigging', he always took time to write music, as you can hear selections of what he's written here as well as collaborations. My most favorite collaboration is Cosmic Taxi, where I play lead on Bluenevus' backgrounds. Besides saxophone, Stan plays keys, EWI (Akai EWI4000s) and sings.
Band/artist history
see introduction.. that's all the history there is ;-)
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Yes.. in San Antonio, Texas.. It's great! I play different styles and with different bands. Presently I'm putting together a local funk band which is different from my online music I record privately.
Your musical influences
Electronica, Electronic Nu Jazz, Fusion, Michael Brecker, David Sanborn, Najee, Gerald Albright, Brecker Brothers, Steps Ahead, Yello, Art of Noise, Rock, Progressive Rock, New Wave, New Age, Elton John, Billy Joel, Wierd Al Yankovic (heh), Dave Koz, James Taylor, Spyro Gyra, Cosmic Taxi, etc. Those are right off the top of my head.. many many others.. all styles
What equipment do you use?
Selmer Paris Mark VI Tenor Saxophone, Akai EWI4000s, M-Audio (Midiman) Midi keyboard, Yamaha PSR550 keyboard, Sennheiser 441 microphone, Universal Audio UAD-1 DSP audio processing board, my PC (core 2 quad 6700 2.7Ghz, 2GB DDR2 Ram), differend DAW applications and many many plugins.
Anything else?
I really enjoy recording and gigging, but the love of my life is my wife Pam.