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Medford saxophonist who played with stars to perform for a cause

Posted by Marcia Dick  May 16, 2013 09:00 AM

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Deric Dyer plays with Tina Turner at Wembley Stadium in London.

 

The following was submitted by Sue Auclair Promotions:

DericByEricAntoniou.jpgSaxman Deric Dyer of Medford ((Eric Antoniou photo, left) will present "A Rockin' Hot Evening for Renaissance Man and The Second Step," Wednesday, May 22, at 8 p.m. at Scullers Jazz Club in the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel at 400 Soldiers Field Road in Allston.

The club is wheelchair accessible and there is ample parking on site.  Tickets at $26 are on sale now at www.scullersjazz.com or by calling 617-562-4111.

The show is a celebration of Dyer's new CD, "Renaissance Man," and the band will include some of Boston's top heavy-hitter musicians: Mitch Chakour on keyboards and vocals; Cliff Goodwin on guitar; Wolf Ginandes on bass; Marty Richards on drums; and Tony Carle on guitar.

The concert also will be a fund-raiser for The Second Step, a Newton-based comprehensive program for survivors of domestic violence.  Founded in 1992, The Second Step offers transitional housing, advocacy, safety planning, mentoring, children’s programs, legal case management, and an array of supportive services for families transitioning away from abuse.

In the cold of January of 1987, tenor saxman Deric Dyer auditioned for Tina Turner, and she was immediately knocked out by the heat of his playing.  With very little time to even think, Dyer launched into a month of rehearsals and then jumped out on the road to play for over 5 million people and 250 plus concerts worldwide.

This huge tour, linked to Tina's "Break Every Rule" album release; played Wembley Arena in London for 13 amazing nights in a row and more continuous shows in Europe than any artist at the time had ever performed.  Then, in January of 1988, the band hit Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for a live HBO broadcast to America in front of 180,000 stadium fans.  Things just took off from there.

Joe Cocker wanted Dyer's sax playing in his band and picked him up for his "Unchain My Heart World Tour."  Dyer stayed with Cocker for six years and he remembers one tour as being very special.  This was the "Power and Passion Tour" co-billed with Stevie Ray Vaughn in 1989.  Later in 1989, the band recorded a live CD, "Joe Cocker Live," for which Cocker hired the Memphis Horns so he was really playing with one of the greatest horn sections of all time. Dyer wrote all of Cocker's charts for that CD and eventually became the star's musical director.

In 1991, Cocker and Dyer recorded "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" for Elton John on Elton's CD "Two Rooms, Celebrating The Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin."  The band played on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Tom Jones Show on VH1, Austin City Limits, Unplugged from Montreux, Top of the Pops, The Today Show, Regis & Kelly, and other television specials.  They recorded two other albums, "One Night of Sin" and "Night Calls." 

Dyer completed his stay with Cocker supporting the "Night Call Tour" in 1992 and 1993 and later finished his third stay with Cocker supporting the "Respect Yourself World Tour' from 2002 to 2003.

Dyer soon added tours with others such as Night of the Proms, Bryan Ferry, Rodger Hodgson [Supertramp], Andrea Bocelli, Christopher Cross, Tony Hadle [Spandau Ballet], Al Jarreau, and John Miles.

Dyer's most recent project was on September 21, 2012, when he was part of a musical event in his former home of Bermuda (video below).  He was asked by Tony Brannon to play on the John Lennon Tribute CD and perform at a live concert with Maxi Priest, Roy Young, and many of the up and coming Bermudian artists. This event was held at the Botanical Gardens and it was a tremendous tribute to John Lennon who wrote his last two records in Bermuda.

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