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1. Lookear was composed during a long walk up the beach at Westport, WA, Molly’s favorite “peace refuge.” Often, the wind blows such that if you lean into it, it holds you up. Though I did not know it at the time, Lookear turned out to be a tribute to Thelonious Monk, one of my … Continue reading Capistrano Sessions – Track Analysis
What drew you to saxophone as a primary instrument? At my mother’s insistence, I unwillingly began playing clarinet in the 7th grade school band. Because of a life-long visual disability, I do not excel in team sports, so band became my “team sport,” my primary social outlet. Many musicians assert that jazz saved their teenage … Continue reading Q & A with Craig Buhler
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“Craig leads … a swinging band that is well integrated. They play eleven of Buhler’s original compositions with a pleasing spirit. Among the best are “October”, a relaxing song with Craig and Brian sharing the melody (sax & vibes) and “Molly Ann” with its festive Latin spirit. We also like “Madrid Session with its retro … Continue reading O’s Place Jazz Newsletter
“…an exceptionally talented group of musicians making for one very tight quintet …” Kudos to Craig Buhler for putting together an exciting and engaging set of music with Capistrano Sessions. Of course one would expect nothing less from the talented Buhler. This is an album that will appeal to both the serious jazz aficionado and … Continue reading All About Jazz.com by Edward Blanco
A blind spin of Capistrano Sessions immediately evokes the recordings Shorty Rogers made in the 1950s. The sound, the swing, the je ne quoi is a vintage West Coast jazz vibe. One of the hallmarks of the West Coast sound is the facile ability for small combos to sound like a much larger band. This … Continue reading All About Jazz.com by C. Michael Bailey
“Seattle area multi-woodwind artist Craig Buhler is known for his work with the band Honk!, while also working with big bands, amid his purveyance of the Jazz for Youth concerts. And he’s written two music books, one of which is titled Keys to Music (54 original jazz etudes). So, with all of … Continue reading Jazz Review.com by Glenn Astarita
“Craig Buhler is a clarinetist and saxophonist from the Seattle, Washington area. Each song on Capistrano Sessions is an original that shows off Buhler’s ability to write in a variety of jazz styles. The leader also generously shares the melody chores with each of his band mates, and creates arrangements that allow each song to … Continue reading Jazz Improv Magazine & NY Jazz Guide (May 2007) by Joe Knipes
Honk: Epic HONK on Epic Records (1974) This LP was released to coincide with HONK’s “Beach Boys” tour, and it captures the excitement of a major rock concert. Producer Henry Lewy (Joni Mitchell) chose A & M Studios (Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass) in order to achieve the finest sound quality possible. I transferred the … Continue reading Honk: Epic
Honk: 20th Century HONK on 20th Century Records (1972). 20th Century Records released this LP when “HONK” began selling out concerts throughout California. This recording features the great songwriting, singing, & playing of the band. Our audiences continue to ask for these songs. In 2005, the original masters were found by Thane Tierney, along with … Continue reading Honk: 20th Century
Cut a Rug! Perfectly designed for dancing! Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, this collection of all brand-new, original swing tunes – featuring a 10-piece dance band – is sure to get your feet tapping! CD – $15.00 Buy it Now! Tracks Catalina Dancin’ Shoes Jimmy Key Dancin’ Soda Jerk J.C. Beyond The Bay … Continue reading Cut A Rug!
Jazz impressions of the Pacific Coast 11 original compositions depicting a jazz journey along the Pacific West Coast from Capistrano Beach, CA to Port Angeles, WA. Reviews and track-by-track descriptions Hear audio clips Purchase via secure link to CCNow The all-star lineup of jazz musicians features: Drummer Paul Kreibich spent 4 years with Ray Charles. He has played … Continue reading Capistrano Sessions
2016 Schedule Saturday, December 31 (New Years Eve), 7:00-10:00 PM, Port Townsend American Legion Hall with The Stardust Dance Band Thursday, December 29, 6:00-9:30 PM: Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA directing and playing with the 17-piece Stardust Big Band Wednesday, December 21, 7:00-10:00 PM, The Metta Room, Port Angeles, with my wonderful new quartet: … Continue reading Events
Official Improv Coach for the annual NW Big Band Workshop, the award-winning Sequim High School Jazz Band, the award-winning NW Winds Homeschool Jazz Band, and the Jazz in the Olympics (JITOS) Youth Band. Taught woodwinds at Mills Music Stores in Bothell, Redmond & Lynnwood, WA to students of all ages & abilities. Develop sound fundamentals, productive … Continue reading Personal Instruction Resume
Lessons take place at my professional sound studio in Sequim, WA. Contact me for more information. I am also available to teach classes at other locations. I bring sound equipment, a dry erase board, and a computer with Band in a Box.
Each student receives a personalized notebook. Each week, I give the student 1 or more compositions which are appropriate for his or her ability & goals. Students can choose from classical, jazz, rock, or other styles. Periodically, the student will receive a play-along CD to use in practice. If you desire, the student will also … Continue reading Curriculum
The Honk Band began in Laguna Beach in 1970. I joined in 1972. That year, we produced the music for a very popular film on surfing called “Five Summer Stories.” One of the songs on that sound track LP – “Pipeline Sequence” – became a #1 hit in Hawaii and climbed the charts in Australia. … Continue reading History of Honk
Welcome to my site! If you want to learn how to play by ear and improvise jazz solos OR get started playing clarinet, saxophone, or flute OR hear the latest from the HONK Band OR discuss issues faced by Christian worship leaders OR schedule a Jazz for Youth workshop in your school, then we have something to talk about! It … Continue reading Welcome!
“My lifetime of teaching insturmental music in the public schools of Pennsylvania and Arizona has afforded me a reliable source of what works and what doesn’t. Craig Buhler’s group and private teaching instruction take the students from where they are to an incredibly higher level in a short period of time. I have seen him … Continue reading Teaching
Anyone remember this one? I don’t! What year was it? HONK News Have you seen the video retrospective of Honk? Check it out! The 2 albums on 20th Century are now available as a download. The first HONK LP was released by Twentieth Century Records in 1973. The cover showed clay figures of the … Continue reading Honk
Craig Buhler is Director & first tenor sax with Sequim’s Stardust Big Band and the Carmel Big Band Workshop. He is co-director of the Northwest Big Band Workshop and director of the 2 big bands at Camp Heebie Jeebies. Among his 30 recording credits are 9 CD’s under his own name. Craig is a charter member of … Continue reading Bio