Welcome to my blog! My name is Tony Tate. You can call me Tone Lovette, and I am, or rather I used to be a professional musician. I played with the Navy music program for about 18 and a half years until I retired in 2007. It should have been a fun job, but, there were those in charge who had a knack for making things miserable. However, I have to say, it WAS mostly fun.
This blog will be a journal of sorts of my musical progress, and also shine the spotlight on some of my favorite jazz artists. I was first exposed to jazz by my high school band director, Dennis Eichler. Since that time I have always loved jazz and find it more interesting than any other genre of music.
While in the Navy I was at one point becoming a decent saxophone player. My drive didn’t last though. I flamed out because of personal problems and just began to coast. Eventually, I began losing what little skill I had gained.
Now I plan to try and get back those skills and in the process bring to light some of the great jazz artists of the past and present. Hopefully, you will join in the discovery of new music. Well, not necessarily new, just new to you and me.
I am not placing a lot of pressure on myself as far as my own progress, which would only cause me to quit again (probably). I’m just taking it day by day.
Maybe one day I will be willing to play in public again. Until then I will be practicing and hopefully cataloging my progress here on this blog.
If you live in the Charleston, South Carolina area contact me. Maybe we can get together and jam.