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Saxophonist Savage inspired by dinner with hero

They talked about music, life with Mintzer

Saxophonist John Savage will bring his quartet to 9 Maple Avenue in Saratoga Springs on Saturday. (photo: Michael Priolo)
Saxophonist John Savage will bring his quartet to 9 Maple Avenue in Saratoga Springs on Saturday. (photo: Michael Priolo)
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When local saxophonist John Savage was a junior at The College of Saint Rose studying music education, he once sat down to dinner with one of his heroes, Yellowjackets saxophonist and composer Bob Mintzer. The experience not only earned Savage a friend — the two have continued corresponding since that meeting — but helped shape his philosophy on music and life. “I was tasked with taking him to dinner, and I got to pick his ...


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