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When it all began: 1958, Mike Waggoner & the Bops

When it all began: 1958, Mike Waggoner & the Bops


Thank you for visiting my site! - I am a veteran "throwback, old school" rock and blues tenor sax player from the Twin Cities of Minnesota specializing in blues, blues rock, rockabilly and R&B. I play with a wide variety of blues based bands in and around the Twin Cities. I cut my teeth playing early rock, rockabilly and surf rock in the late '50's progressing to classic rock, R & B and blues. And in 2004, after a LONG hiatus to raise a family and build/run a business, I retired from the business world and returned to my horn! I've always concentrated and put special emphasis on tone; my forte has been my distinctive/signature sound -  patterned after my mentor and friend, the late, great Clarence Clemons and blues legend Eddie Shaw - incorporating a lot of growl and a bright, aggressive, edgy tone. I was also influenced by Rolling Stone's Bobby Keys and Michael "Tunes" Antunes of Eddie & the Cruisers fame. In the Twin Cities I am known as the "Godfather of Growl". I am also a professional endorser for both Theo Wanne Mouthpiece & Instruments and AMT Instrument Microphones.
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Photos by Douglas Jenkins 2013
 I am proud to be a professional endorser for Theo Wanne Mouthpieces, and pictured below is his latest and most significant innovation! Made in collaboration with Matt Wickam of Westcoastsax.com Theo's latest piece has revolutionized the high baffle design. The "MoFo" - marketed through Westcoast Sax - can be played with maximum edge and brightness like no other rock style mouthpiece ever, but also soft and smooth without sacrificing warmth and color. This versatility gives the MoFo an edge over any modern mouthpiece design, and it's taking the tenor sax world by storm!
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About The Fedoras

One of my trademarks since returning to the sax has been my fedora hats that I wear at most gigs, except perhaps those hot outdoor festival summer events! Besides the obvious blues connection to fedoras, two of my wool felt hats have a special place in my heart as they were originally worn by my late Father in the 40's and 50's when such hats were a fixture of proper businessmen attire. Remarkably, they've withstood the test of time and closet moths! (when I was young it seemed every home had a moth ball closet!) I hope they will last long into my playing career!
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 1) Updated gig schedule in SHOWS link...check it out!

 2) I recently purchased a sterling silver neck - tone is sweeter than ever now!
Shine on
 Playing the sax solo on Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" at The Cabooze in Minneapolis before 900+ fans.
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