Dexter's Golden Horn ~ For Sir Michael Of Oxley by artwhiz47

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Dexter Payne came to the Olmsted Camp with the Lionel Young Band for a whale of a concert the night of July 4th. This blues/jazz band with its eclectic mix of styles & sounds played for a small group of Olmsted relatives & a handful of friends, including Ray & me, in a setting nonpareil, high above Cattaraugus Creek, in the Town of Sardinia, in southern Erie County, New York. Dexter has close ties to the Camp ~ he was the long-time companion of the late blues/folk singer Judy Roderick, whose grandfather, artist Harold L. Olmsted, founded the Camp in the early 1900s. Dexter is the group’s reedman ~ plays this golden alto, along with clarinet, baritone sax & harmonica.

The band played for about two hours, & was followed by an in-your-face fireworks display (does this sound dangerous? It was certainly brilliant, & smoky), which rockets were set off from a level bench of land below the Camp, between the buildings & the creek. The most exciting, & perhaps the funniest, fireworks display I’ve ever attended!!

Oxley gets the nod for this one ~ Lionel Young & company are headed for the Mont Tremblant festival in Quebec this weekend (9 ~ 10 July) after a day in Rochester, NY. Mike has been known to attend this fest, but he’ll miss Lionel & Dexter & group. Maybe he can catch up with them in Paris… their next stop….


blues, alto sax, clarinet, jazz, dexter payne, lionel young, new york state, olmsted camp, country, music

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  • Bryan D. Spellman
    Bryan D. Spellmanabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful portrait of this sax.

  • Many thanks, Bryan… & it sounded just as good as it looked!

    – artwhiz47

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 3 years ago

    Very cool capture!

  • Thanks, Gena. It just sat there with its companion clarinet, waiting for me.

    – artwhiz47

  • And thanks for the fave!!

    – artwhiz47

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 3 years ago

    Beauty old Sax, Sheila, and a Crate amp, no less. Finestkind! Sounds like one fine 4th at Olmsted, indeed. A pity I’ll be missing the band when I head to the Mountains. And, alas, I cannot make it to Paris. Oh, well. There’s always next year.

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 3 years ago

    Jings! Rambling on here and I forgot to say “Thanks”! Thanks, Sheila!

  • Well, jings & crikey, even. You are welcome, old son. The band’s current agent is a joke, apparently. The Olmsted & Rochester events were basic no-brainers considering the trajectory & the connections (Lionel is from Rochester, I believe), but Paris followed by somewhere in Wyoming is a bit of a shock to their systems, to hear them tell it. Will be sending more pertinent data directly to The Unc….

    – artwhiz47

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 3 years ago

    very good photo

  • Many thanks, Antanas. I wish I could have photographed the SOUND!

    – artwhiz47

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyabout 3 years ago

    Excellent shot Sheila, well seen and taken my friend.

  • Many thanks for that, Gary, & for the fave! The concert was really something ~ sort of an exclusive command performance, you might say, & we were among the lucky few! Have known Dexter for many years, but we rarely get to hear him play. Good times, mate!

    – artwhiz47

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 3 years ago

    Unusual photo Sheila – you don’t usually see instruments and an amplifier sitting outside. Great shot !

  • We go to a lot of outdoor concerts, so I guess I’m used to it! Thanks, Roy. I’m about to post a highly edited image of another instrumental tableau; stay tuned!

    – artwhiz47

  • waxyfrog
    waxyfrogabout 3 years ago

    Great image. One of my dreams is to play the sax.:o) Have been a cornet (trumpet) player way back.

  • Thank you, Barb. I’m a big fan of some of the jazz greats on both alto & tenor ~ Charlie Parker & Lester Young come to mind. I’ve been a singer, & I pretend to play the piano, but I’ve never gottem my lips around a reed!!

    – artwhiz47

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 1 year ago

    Very nice indeed

  • We’re hoping that these guys & their instruments will return to this venue this summer. Lots of fun, great music, photo opportunities! Thank you, Kala.

    – artwhiz47

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