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Craig Buhler

Craig Buhler is Director of the 17-piece “Stardust Dance Band” in which he plays first tenor sax. He is also director of the two big bands at Camp Heebie Jeebies, Music Director for the Carmel Big Band Workshop in Calif., and director of one of the two big bands at the Northwest Big Band Workshop For the past 15 years, Craig has been a full-time instructor in clarinet, saxophone, flute, ear training, and improvisation. The comprehensive Second Edition of his revolutionary New Ears Resolution is helping musicians worldwide learn to improvise . Craig is a charter member of the rock band “HONK,” whose yearly reunion concerts are still a priority for California audiences raised on HONK's 5 albums (including the successful soundtrack to “Five Summer Stories”), and their numerous appearances with “The Beach Boys,” “Loggins & Messinah”, “Chicago,” Dave Mason, Jackson Browne, etc. Among his nine CD's are six jazz combo collections and three original contemporary worship albums.

He has been a professional jazz, rock, & dance musician for many years, having participated in over 25 recordings and live appearances in Europe, Asia, & North America with 100+ bands.

Craig studied music privately with Bill Green, Al Learned, and Mitchel Lurie and at UCLA & the University of Redlands, later earning an M.S. from the University of Washington.

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FROM: Jazz Improv Magazine & NY Jazz Guide (May 2007) by Joe Knipes “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 have its own stamp of individuality. area, who has assembled a strong quintet for his latest release.” READ FULL ARTICLE:
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jazz clarinet, saxophone, flute, ear training, and improvisation. My ear training book "New Ears Resolution" is helping musicians worldwide learn to play by ear. My other book, "Keys to Music" is a complete course in jazz clarinet, sax, or flute, starting at the beginning and progressing up to a semi-pro level. Comes complete with an audio CD containing 26 original etudes performed by a professional 5-piece jazz group. Lessons available via Skype or at my studio in Sequim, WA for $25 per hour.

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