Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:
Black Nickel/Gold Keys Cannonball Big Bell Stone Series Alto Saxophone (Black “SKY” Alto Saxophone for Marching Band)
Metal Yanagisawa 5 Mouthpiece (Selmer C* for Concert and Classical Music)
Rico Jazz Select 2 Medium Reeds (Rico Hemke 3 Reeds for Marching Band and Classical Music)
Olegature (Rovner Light Ligature for Classical Music and Rico H-Ligature for Marching Band)
Yanagisawa T-991Tenor Saxophone
Hard Rubber Yanagisawa 4 Mouthpiece
Rico Plasticover 2 ½ Reeds
Selmer SS 600 Soprano Saxophone
Rico Plasricover 2 1/2 Reeds
Rovner 1RVS Dark Ligature
Saxophonist Hosea Connie
Located in South Holland, IL, USA
Why did you begin studying music?
I began studying music because it was the one thing I loved to do as a kid. I loved singing, dancing, and a whole lot more. But when I got to the fourth grade, I decided to play the clarinet. This was when I decided that music was what I wanted to stick with. I began and stayed with clarinet for five yeas before I switched to alto saxophone. I first got interested into jazz when my grandma introduced me to 95.5 (which is now 87.7). I heard the different sounds of the saxophone, guitar, trumpet and I finally asked my mom to get me an alto saxophone. it wasn’t until the end of February 2009 when I got my alto and I’ve been playing ever since.
What are you doing with music now?
As of now, I’m attending the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff working for a degree in Music Sound Recording Technologies. I’m also a member of the Marching Musical Machine of The Mid-South (M4) marching band, The UAPB Jazz Ensemble, and the UAPB Wind Symphony. In my free-time, I often arrange different songs for my horns as well as other horns and I’ve written some original works as well which are a work in progress. I also do live solo performances for campus activities where my talents are either needed or wanted. Some of these performances include: Intermission in pageants for different Greek Organizations such as Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, I was a contestant for Sigma Gamma Rho in their pageant for two years, talent shows such as “The X Factor” for Delta Sigma Theta in 2013, where I won 1st place, and “The Apollo” Talent Show for Alpha Kappa Alpha in 2013 as well. I was also recently asked to play a live duet with one of my saxophone colleagues for one of the Golden Girls’ dance audition for M4, which was pretty successful if I do say so myself. This year, I was fortunate enough to be asked to play for UAPB’s 2014 “Unity Fest” at the end of April as well as being asked to play in the 2014 Sophomore Showcase. I am truly grateful to be blessed with so many opportunities to get my name out into the world of music and entertainment.
Who are some of your influences?
Some of my most favorite influences are Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Candy Dulfer, Jackiem Joyner, Pamela Williams, Mindi Abair, Najee, Walter Beasley, and Kirk Whalum, and many others. You probably won’t believe this but my pastor, Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, another one of my influences, tutored Kirk Whalum. How cool is it to have a pastor that knows one of the greatest saxophone players of all time and our generation? Also, I’ve had the opportunity to meet Dave Koz, Brenda Russell, Peter White, Rick Braun, and David Benoit. In the summer of 2013, I was blessed to meet Dave Koz again as well as Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright, and Richard Elliot when they came to Chicago for their 2013 “Summer Horns” tour.
Who have you studied with?
In the past, I have studied with my mentors, Mr. Walter Clark, and my private teacher, Tom Matecki. They’re both very awesome teachers. They both teach me how to use the music theory and many other components of jazz. In the summer of 2012 before entering into college, I was fortunate to study jazz with Michael Manson in his annual Musical Arts Institute in Chicago. As of now, I’m studying Classical Music with Mr. John R. Graham, Jr., who is also the director of bands at UAPB, and Jazz Music with the Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Daryl Evans.
What would you like to do with music in the future?
With music as my future career, I want to write jazz and funk music mostly. I also plan on aiming for a record deal in the future. I want to travel and become a professional jazz musician that combines many different elements of music including pop, R&B, funk, soul, etc. I also plan on performing with some of my influences. How cool would that be?
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