[Dixielandjazz] BASS SOLOS $ Grimaces

Russ Guarino russg at redshift.com
Fri Jul 23 10:03:14 PDT 2004

The tuba player, Wes Wesphal [ sp ] is one of the best at humorous entertainment
while playing the horn. Funny, funny, funny.

Russ Guarino

TCASHWIGG at aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 7/23/04 7:55:05 AM Pacific Daylight Time, patcooke at cox.net
> writes:
> >
> > Steve...
> >    There used to be a bass player(?) here in New Orleans who had a band.
> > The guy knew absolutely nothing about the instrument, in fact had no musical
> > training whatsoever.  He was good at booking jobs...he really hustled.  He
> > looked through the wedding notices and called and/or wrote to them.
> >   The thing is, he did everything with the bass except play it.  He spun
> > it around, laid it down and rode it like a horse, all the time slapping the
> > strings.
> >    What's truly amazing is people would come away saying, "He's the best
> > bass player I ever heard in my life!"
> >    Pat Cooke
> >
> >
> Hi Pat:
> That's the kind I was talking about in my reply to Rebbeca Thompson, now if
> they can actually play it as well they can and often do get very popular, but
> to real Bass players they probably really turn you guys off.
> That just makes them Entertainers, not musicians,  maybe an Entertainer who
> uses a Bass for an acting Prop,   If  he gets the jobs however and pays the
> Real players more power to him.  Beats sitting around waiting for the old yellow
> gig bus to drive by. :)
> Before I became a drummer, I used to want to do exactly that with an upright
> Bass, but did not have one and had nobody to teach me how to play it either.
> Cheers,
> Tom Wiggins
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