Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:
Amati Saxophone, Phil-Tone Mouthpiece, RJS Reeds
Why did you begin studying music?
Offered in elementary school. My mum loved jazz and was a avid dancer. I used to listen to old Swing (Prez and Coleman Hawkins) and Dance in the living room with her. I always remembered the sound of the Tenor.
Saxophonist Sean Winter
Located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
What are you doing with music now?
Studying to better myself as a musician. Playing gigs around town with Blues bands, Soul and Reggae bands and I lead my own Fusion trio called Weapons of Mass Groove.
Who are some of your influences?
Joshua Redman first and Foremost. He’s why I switched from Alto to Tenor.
Lenny Pickett being a close second.
Not to mention Dexter Gordon, Hank Mobley, Sonny Stitt, Sonny Rollins
Who have you studied with?
Paul Wainwright, Gene Hardy, Stan Karp and currently studying with Tim Price.
What would you like to do with music in the future?
I plan to keep doing what I’m doing. I don’t have pipe dreams of being famous. I’m just trying to build a solid base and reputation around my local scene so I can be financially stable for my family.
Anything else you would like to add?
I came up through the Victoria High School R/B program. I owe a lot to it. We played internationally at Tivoli Gardens in Denmark and at The Cavern Club in Liverpool.
We played with Martha Reeves from Martha and the Vandellas, Jim Byrnes and were the first Highschool group to open and close an international Jazz Festival.
Deeply grateful this is my roots.
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