Shoehorn: NEW CDs-other stuff
Cafe Cirque - CD
Cafe Cirque by Shoehorn is now available on cdbaby.com and by mail order.
Recorded to analog tape by Billy Oskay at Big Red Studio in Oregon.
Shoehorn - CAFE CIRQUE
Michael Shoehorn Conley:
Alto Saxophone, Tap Dance, Tappercussion Mark VI e-tap instrument (tracks 9,10), Harmonica (3,10), Vocal(3,10), Clarinet (10), Fife (10), Bass Clarinet (12)
Ward Griffiths : Drums
Dan Gaynor : Piano, Organ (3,10)
Skip Elliott Bowman: Bass
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A Beatbox Saxophone Christmas - download/CD
Hip, peppy renditions of holiday classics with beatboxing by Bronkar and Shoehorn on alto sax. Bronkar Lee and Shoehorn made this last month and it is now available for download on cdbaby.com. Here is the link: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/shoehornbronkar
This was listed December 1st 2010, and will be added by itunes and other services soon.
Shoehorn's girl Eileen did the cover art.
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Shoehorn the Blue Monk - CD
11/11/06 was very special night. With two members of the band unavailable, I played the gig with our keyboardist Dan Gaynor and with Pere Soto on guitar ( wow!) plus the inimitable Artis the Spoonman on spoon percussion and electronics. In fact, all of us had electronics, and when you hear a drum set that is my feet playing a MIDI drum part in real time. I have perhaps hundreds of these recordings but was compelled to release this as a CD. It is way different than Cafe Cirque even though we play two of the same songs. We are joined by two more horns, David Carlos Vadez on tenor and Seabn Congos on trombone for a couple tunes, including Waking Up in Mexico.
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Trio Calzador is the third CD by tap dancer and saxophonist Shoehorn. It features improvisation on original music inspired by the places he has visited and the people he has met, languages he has heard and attempted, sounds and smells, memories and possibilities in a parallel universe. He also just plain demonstrates the ability he has attained of playing a lead on sax, tapping the beat and rhythmic outline of a tune while playing a third part via feet, all in real time, with no sequencing, on the Tappercussion MarkVII
e-tap MIDI controller. This e-tap is an amazing development which allows tap dancers to play chords, melodies, drums and tuned percussion, and sampled sounds with their feet. (see demo video on home page and "stuff for sale" if you want one of your own)
Also featured on the album are three cover tunes, "Blue Bossa"(with e-tap), Brazilian tune "Manha de Carnaval"(Black Orpheus) and "Yosaku", a Japanese song originally done by Kitajima Saburo, sung in the original language by Shoehorn.
There are a few solo numbers on the CD, one with e-tap ("Three Metals), a tap and sax "Malaguena" and a live "Liberty".
The other players on the record are also exceptional. Bassist Skip Elliott Bowman, here playing the upright, is a versatile player much in demand in the Portland area.
Guitarist Toshi Onizuka is a stylist drenched in Flamenco, who studied and performed professionally in Spain for five years. Here he shows true international duende - he swings, funks it up, and takes us to Asia and Latin America with his lively strumming and pointed picking.
The album is lively yet mellow sounding and is enjoyed by listeners from a wide range of demographic samplings.
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Tappercussion Mark VII e-tap electric tap dance instrument - electric tap dance instrument
Offered for sale is a Tappercussion Mark VII e-tap electric tap dance instrument. This item was commissioned by one of my students who no longer uses it. Comes complete with tap boards, triggers, cables, brain and power supply. Can be monitored with headphones or hooked up to any box with aux inputs. Please contact me by email for further information.
Wurlitzer alto sax made by Martin - instrument
This beauty is a nickel plated Martin "stencil horn" made for the Wurlitzer Company. It is in playing condition, is missing one guard but looks fine aside from a couple of dings. BIG sound. I recommend this instrument for collectors rather than any beginner. $500.
Please see photo gallery for images.
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Earlier recording World Beat Ragtime
World Beat Ragtime 1994
available on CD and cassette
with Artis the Spoonman, Teranaka Meijin(g),Gary Fountaine(b),Gordon Lee(kb), Tarshene Watkins (voc)
Very Limited Supply
Send $15 US to
be sure to specify Shoehorn Swing CD or World Beat Ragtime CD or cassette
School Show - academic outreach program
Book Shoehorn for your school assembly!
Shoehorn provides a highly entertaining yet educational presentation sure to be a hit with your students. Tap dancer and multi-instrumentalist Michael “Shoehorn” Conley has worked his whole life to embrace cultural diversity, starting with his experience as an exchange student in Peru, and continuing through his studies of jazz saxophone and rhythm tap, Spanish, Japanese, and other languages, and his interest in peace and environmental awareness, as reflected in his recordings and performances. His work demonstrates not only American art forms, but also illustrates the connections between other races and nations through rhythm and song.
Also available: musical ensembles and Jugglemania with Shoehorn
the Shoehorn Swing
Shoehorn originals plus standard tunes recorded 1998 with Gordon Lee,piano, Mel Brown, drums and Phil Baker on upright bass.
Also includes two songs of Shoehorn over-dubbing on tap, e-tap, clarinets, alto and soprano saxes, percussion, xylophone, and and the kan, a Southeast Asian mouth organ.
Standout tracks include an acid-jazzy take on "Singin' in the Rain", complete with a multiphonic thundestorm! Limited stock- send US $15 to Shoehorn P.O. Box 11634, Portland, Oregon, 97211
Original Glass Art - Glass Art Work
We produce original art glass items by special order.Please refer to photo gallery.
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- Several galleries sell work by my wife Kurumi.
TAP, SAX or Jamming Lessons - Lessons/study
STUDY.Want to learn Jazz/Rhythm Tap? Sax? How to play an instrument and tap dance at the same time? How about Improv and/or Theory? e-tap? JAM! Shoehorn is now accepting private students. Group lessons can be arranged.
Woodwinds, Mouthpieces for sale or trade - alto sax
Alto sax mouthpieces:
Morgan Vintage Jazz 6 Medium $175
Selmer S80 C* $65
Selmer S80 C* $80
Selmer plastic $35
Lawton 5 Special metal mint $450
Lawton 6*BB Hard rubber mint $500
Beuscher alto #3 white “True Tone”
Brilhart Personaline S2 s#01370 cream color alto with black bite plate and gold band near mint
Brilhart Special clarinet tonalin serial# 98995 (last digit could be 1, 2nd to last maybe 8)
Claude Lakey BRUNO clarinet
"Coronet" brand wooden Bb clarinet (Boehm)-needs work $150
C Fischer New York Made in France A clarinet - one piece is as long as middle 3 sections of a Bb clarinet a very unusual piece marked LP and with a hard to read stamp from France as well as Fischer marks.-needs work
“Wurlitzer” alto SAXOPHONE, nickel plate -Martin Stencil
playing condition- $300 or offer
2) Weathered but very stylish leather Reunion blues alto gig bag with original neck pouch and strap. All zippers work- no mildew. $125
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