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John Gist / Press

“A couple neat thoughts from Gist in the conversation: When was the last time you thought about being conscious. Isn’t it amazing? Earth can be, and is, a playground. You have to see past the illusion of life and its superficiality to really become who you are. Life is easier when you stop comparing yourself to others and overthinking things too much. Accept mistakes, and even use them as an avenue to further creativity. Think your thoughts, don’t let them think you. Don’t let the Arby’s commercial tell you to think, “I’m thinking Arby’s.””

“John Gist is a superb and innovative musician with multiple talents in many genres. John brings his exciting and innovative saxophone expressions to the group with his creative and soulful solos and rhythmic fills. John appears on both albums, “Live in East Town” and “Want What You Have.””

“Saxophonist John Gist rounds out the band. He did a year-and-a-half-long stint with Valentine in the early 1990s, then returned to the All-Stars two and a half years ago. Valentine noticed on this tour of duty, Gist is opening up more on stage. His showmanship takes some of the spotlight off of the front man, which is always welcome as far as Valentine is concerned. "He is a gas to play with," Valentine said of Gist. "He's become really comfortable being in front of people, and he's wireless, so he is a real crowd pleaser as well as being musically interesting."”