[Dixielandjazz] BASS SOLOS

Stephen Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Thu Jul 22 19:42:01 PDT 2004

Pat Cooke says nobody listens to Bass Solos.

Hey Pat, Slap that mutha and grin like the Cheshire Cat. Everyone will
listen and applaud, I guarantee it. ;-) VBG.

More seriously, Ace Tesone, our bassist never solos, (his choice). The
audience frequently yells out for him to do so, or chews me out for "not
letting him solo". Go figure.

Also there is a helicon/sousaphone player here in Philadelphia, Jim
Parker, who spins around like a dancing bear when he solos. He also
sings through the horn on the high notes in solos and scrunches up his
face in doing so. VERY EFFECTIVE as a crowd pleaser. He is also a great
player which helps.

Yep, good moves help. There once was an old legend about a beauteous
young lady who approached a  young jazz player at a party and said
coarsely, "Steve, can you ---- (make love to) a woman like you ----
(make love to) that horn?"

All things come to he who grimaces.

Steve Barbone

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