[Dixielandjazz] Celebrity thread

Mike Durham mikedurham_jazz at hotmail.com
Sat Nov 29 10:43:12 PST 2003

Steve Martin plays excellent banjo. And Dudley Moore's movie credits include 
"10"with the lovely Bo Derek and the "Arthur" films. Another fine English 
comedian, Spike Milligan of Goon Show fame, played good jazz trumpet. I have 
a photo of Margaret Thatcher playing the clarinet, but I suspect this was 
just a publicity stunt. Other politicians (who I guess qualifty as celebs): 
the odious Tony Blair played guitar in a punk rock group while at 
University, and I believe that Bill Clinton used to blow tenor sax, 
presumably when Monica L. hadn't got her hands on his instrument. And 
lastly, the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) fancied himself as a drummer 
and in the 30's used to sit in with jazz bands in nightclubs - prompting 
Dave Tough to observe "I hope he's good at being a King!"

Mike D.

>From: "Dave Hanson" <jazzdude at bellsouth.net>
>To: "DJML" <Dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
>Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Celebrity thread
>Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003 02:34:37 -0500
>Woody Allen has been mentioned  here on the DJML for  playing 
>clarinet(actor, producer, director, comedy writer, Academy Award winner) 
>Anyway it brings back some memories about some other celebrities that I 
>recall playing instruments as well as other activities.. A few that come to 
>mind are Maury Wills (banjo, baseball player), George Segal (banjo, actor, 
>Academy award winner),Dudley Moore (jazz pianist, comedian, movie 
>credits?),Hal Linden (clarinet, actor, TV sitcom). Jack Sheldon ( trumpet, 
>actor, comic, TV personality) Ozzie Nelson( big band leader, TV star), 
>Kevin Bacon (rocker, actor), Harry Connick( actor, pianist, singer, song 
>writer) who could forget Steve Allen ? ! I'm sure there are many more, but 
>I find the thread interesting.
>Perhaps we can think of others.......
>Dave Hanson
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