We are going to feature two co-conspirators today -- the first is baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton. Josh was raised in the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey. He began piano lessons at age 8 and by the time he was 11 started playing the clarinet. At age 16 he finally got his first saxophone (an alto). He's attended schools in Israel, Pennsylvania, Chicago and Boston and studied with a variety of teachers including Steve Lacy, Ran Blake, Dominique Eade, Ari Brown, Ken Vandermark and Howard Sandroff. Since moving to New York in 2004 he's performed with Andrew D'Angelo, Curtis Hasselbring, Jim Black, Bill McHenry and Jaimie Saft among others. Josh has written and performed for dance and theater companies in Chicago, India and New York. Currently he leads the bands Ideal Bread and holus-Bolus. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Laura.
Josh and I met at New England Conservatory and he is the one Society co-conspirator who is also a veteran of the NEC Jazz Composers' Orchestra. He is featured on "Lizard Brain," the oldest chart in the Secret Society book -- this was (amusingly, to me at least) the closing tune on my Masters' recital and Josh played it then, too. It's kind of impossible for me to imagine anyone else playing it. Josh is a huge wine snob but is not so far gone that he cannot be lured back from the edge by an occasional Sixpoint Craft Ale or a well-mixed cocktail. He is a sometime guest-blogger here -- he has written about Steve Lacy and still owes us a post about Ran Blake. (Everyone knows that Josh does the best Ran Blake impression.)
As part of our fundraising efforts for our upcoming recording, Infernal Machines, we are offering you the opportunity to sponsor a Secret Society musician. And we are very pleased to announce that Josh Sinton has been sponsored! He will appear on our debut recording courtesy of Team Sinsheimer. This is not an issue that has come up before now, but for the record: yes, it is possible for you to pool your resources with others in order to sponsor a musician. And yes, previous donations will count towards your team's total.
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of Darcy James Argue's Secret Society may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.