Who is saxymoni?

HI, MY NAME IS MONICA SHRIVER

I’m a professional musician, band leader, sideman, promoter, gig creator, improvisor, clinician, teaching artist, grant writer, presenter, social media nut, blogger, website designer, composer, former classroom teacher, iPad lover, and occasional dog sitter in Phoenix, AZ. I perform and teach music for a living. Yes, it’s awesome.

SOME STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ME

  • I’m what you refer to in the biz as a “doubler”. I play (and get paid to play) piccolo, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, and bari sax. I play (and generally don’t get paid to play) piano, electric bass, and bassoon. I’m working on moving the bassoon out of that latter category.
  • I am the founder and director of a progressive jazz saxophone quintet called Doublers Collective. (Click on the link and check us out.)
  • I dig the barter system. I’ve got skills and little money. I’m sure I’m not alone.
  • I spend a lot of time practicing. I think it’s fun. I used to hate it. Now I don’t. Now, I’m almost addicted to the feeling you get when you discover something new.
  • I like to give advice. I don’t really care if you take it or not. I did my part, the rest is up to you.
  • I love people. And coffee shops. And talking to people in coffee shops. I quickly turn strangers into friends. (But not in a creepy way)
  • I’m sarcastic and have a dirty sense of humor. It comes from spending all my time with (male) jazz musicians. I can make anyone blush if given the time.
  • I want to write a book about jazz improvisation. Hopefully, posts from this blog will be used in that book.

LET’S CONNECT!

www.monicashriver.com

www.musiclessons.monicashriver.com

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