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Hi, I’m David. I’ve been playing tenor for nearly three years. My plan is to grow old disgracefully by playing lots of music with lots of people and having bucketfuls of fun along the way.

I’m in love with the instrument, mostly for the pleasure of playing things I remember I once couldn’t play. Sometimes I fall out of love with it, usually because I’m banging against the wall of the things I find difficult. Then I try and look calmly at what I need to do to get through, work round, move on up, get down …

My biggest challenge is improvising. I’m addicted to notation; at the opposite end of the unreality principle I imagine my solos searing into musical convention like a griddle and pink steak. Somewhere in between I’m a 59-year-old baby trying to babble the language of jazz …