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Saxophonist brings new CD of smooth, jazz standards to YouTube

Michael Agidius

Local musician Michael Agidius has put his free time to good use, recording a CD compilation of jazz standards called “Grover Washington Jr. | Winelight.”

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Many are finding more time on their hands because of the stay-at-home social distancing in place during the coronavirus outbreak.

Retired McLoughlin High School music teacher Michael Agidius has put some of his time into completing "Welcome to Walla Walla," a demo CD of some of his favorite jazz saxophone songs.

These are pieces he's performed as a soloist and with small groups, he posted on Facebook.

And since he won't be performing anytime soon, he decided to share the compilation with others.

It can be listened to straight through on YouTube as if listeners were attending a live concert, so 13 songs in 53 minutes, just like a set at one of his gigs.

"I tried to choose selections that show off all the saxophones and different styles from smooth jazz to jazz standards. I hope you enjoy it," he said.

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Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

Annie joined the U-B news staff in 1979 and since 1990 has written Etcetera, a daily community column. She was promoted to a copy editing post in 2007. She edits copy, designs and lays out pages, including the weekly arts and entertainment guide Marquee,