Aubrey Dunham, a
major recording artist, performer, producer, arranger, and gifted
musician from Houston, Texas (the home of such world-wide famous
tenor saxophonists as Arnett Cobb, Illinois Jacket, Welton Felton, and
Grady Gains known as “The Texas Tenors” because of their unique sound
and style on the tenor saxophone) has perfected the art of playing the
saxophones with the unique sound and style of the Legendary "Texas
style dazzles audiences with full gritty, boppy sounds that are fun
and funky giving his many fans the inspiration to jump and dance.
Because Aubrey is one of the most versatile musicians and performers
on the market he changes his fans’ moods by playing a smooth jazzy
tantalizing horn that stimulates the emotions creating loving moods
for them, all in the same show.
As a six year old
boy watching “American Band Stand”, Aubrey’s inspiration to play the
tenor saxophone came by way of the tenor saxophone player in Bill
Dodgett’s band as they played their hit song “Honky Tonk”.
From that moment on,
Aubrey was excited about playing the tenor saxophone. He joined his
elementary school’s rhythm band. Upon being promoted to the seventh
grade he joined the school’s beginner band program. As fate would
have it, all of the allocated school tenor saxophones had been issued
to other students.
his his family was poor and couldn’t afford the horn at the time,
Aubrey sat watched, studied, and learned for a full school year as
his band director taught the other saxophone students. Finally, after
a year of waiting his father was able to buy him the first joy of his
life, his own tenor saxophone.
Aubrey wasted no
time putting to use what he had been studying. He begin to practice
and play. Because of his desire, willingness to learn, paying
attention to his Band instructor, listening to records by tenor sax
players and learning what was taught to others who performed around
him, Aubrey immediately exceeded other
experienced saxophone players.
In the eighth grade
Aubrey’s band director, Mr. James “Rock” Hurdle, a well-known jazz
piano musician in Houston and a good friend of Arnett Cobb invited
Arnett Cobb to give a music workshop to the class. Aubrey was in that
class and that’s when he heard Arnett play. Aubrey was so thrilled
with the sound and playing of the tenor saxophone by Arnett; he
quickly learned to duplicate Arnett’s sound.
A family friend, Mr.
John Davis Sr. then manager of the popular band group “The Joy
Boys”; who toured with “Bobby Blue Bland” in the early 60’s,
suggested to Aubrey that he learn to play music by ear - listening to
records. He gave Aubrey one of the top hits of the day, a 45 RPM
record by Hank Crawford titled, “Peeper” and told him to learn it.
As a result, Aubrey learned from every record he could get.
Not only did that
advice propel Aubrey into his career; making him an icon in his high
school, but it was also the start of Aubrey learning to perfect his
style of playing. Aubrey went on to master all genres of music
ranging from jazz, blues, pop, gospel, raggae, latin and classical
music by studying the playing styles and music of such greats as King
Curtis, Jr. Walker, Welton Felder, Arnett Cobb, Grady Gains, John
Coltrain, Joe Henderson, Grover Washington, Jr., Maceo, Stanley
Turrentine, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Santana, Gato as well as a host of
other musicians and recording artists of the 50’s, 60’s, 70,s.
Aubrey's drive to
perfect his skills led him to formal studies of music at Bishop
College in Dallas, Texas and Texas Southern University, in Houston,
Texas. There he studied instrumental and vocal music as well as
performing in the Concert Choir (singing first tenor), the T. S. U.
Stage Band, instrumental and vocal ensembles, theater, and The T.S.U.
Marching Band (where we was a principle saxophone soloist) under the
direction of Professor Benjamin Bulter.
At T.S.U. Aubrey
studied and performed with people like Kirk Whalen, Arnett Cobb, Hank
Crawford, and Bobby Humphrey learning and sharing musical knowledge.
Aubrey graduated from T.S.U. in 1980 in Music Education All Levels.
Aubrey has performed jazz, blues, popular music, gospel and classical
music all over America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, in Clubs, concert
stages, and theater productions.
Aubrey has been the
front man for many projects over his long career and along the way
picked up several names related to the many style of music he
performances, Aubrey is known by many names:
When performing the
Blues, he is known as “The Blues Dog”.
Jazz with his band, duo, quartet or Big Band, he goes by “The Saxist”
When performing as
Aubrey Dunham & the Party Machine he is known as “The variety party
and dance jam master”.
Aubrey Dunham has
released three CD's, and is presently working on a new Smooth Jazz CD
and a new RoadHouse Blues CD.
Aubrey Dunham, Now I
am Singing the Blues, released in 1994,
Aubrey Dunham The
Saxist, For Lovers Only, released in 1998 and released in 2003
Aubrey Dunham, I Feel Your Love... A Special Tribute to the late
Copleand in 1999.
He also produced and
recorded the late Kinny Abair’s CD, A Very Good Day, in 1999 ... A
Tribute to Sam "Lightnin" Hopkins, all on his independent label A.D.
Aubrey has also
worked as a studio musician for many artists with his latest being two
songs, Come Home Tonight, and Down, for Chris Thomas King’s new CD, My
Guitar Scream & Moans.
Aubrey established A.D. Records in 1992, as a vehicle to produce
and distribute his and other acts music that he’s produced and
For CD’s, appearances and bookings please contact A. D. Records &
Productions @ 713-675-7802,
or P. O. Box 8402 – Houston, TX 77288.