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I had the pleasure of working last night with Jim Mahannah. It was a pickup band at the Diamondhead C.C.. Kind of a long way to go for a one-nighter, but it was worth the trip. Jim wailed on clarinet, tenor, flute, and flugelhorn!.
I've had the incomparable privilege of working with him since I was c. 22 years old (almost thirty years, now)...THANK GOODNESS I dropped out of graduate school! I would have lost a year of approximately 150 gigs where I got to work with Jim.
I could never begin to explain how much I've learned from him...and what a generous and Godly person - on and off the bandstand.
Bloke, I very much have liked what I have heard of you playing via links provided or files sent.
But please take a look at your avatar. There your playing has become kind of predictable.
You can CONTROL the right paddle on my avatar and play against the server-host computer. Haven't you figured out how to do it...??
The "walking bass" has become more of a "sliding bass"
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Last night (and again tonight) we played a gig over in West Memphis a the dog track/casino.
We did some strolling through the casino playing New Orleans jazz, but 2/3 of the time, we became a top-40 FUNK band - playing on the bandstand in the bar. Admittedly (even though the bar was supposed to be exclusive to some sort of "high-rollers" club - nothing very "exclusive" in West Memphis) this is the first real "bar gig" that I've done in twenty years.
I held the mic up to my helicon bell (sore shoulder this morning!) and we played nuthin' but funk tunes. Wow! The scene sure has changed in twenty years. Now, women in bars dance/behave like women in titty-bars. Young redneck "hound dogs" like this, I'm sure, but to the spectator on the bandstand its...gross.
Today, before tonight's repeat, I'm going to finish my big aluminum contraption that holds a full-size mic over the center of the bell (connected to a wireless FM transmitter). I'll post pictures when its finished...I'm making it adjustable from a 24" down to a 14" bell.
bloke "I'd be willing to bet that NONE of you have ever played Da' Butt on a CC helicon!"
That... was beautiful.
Today being Fat Tuesday, we played on the local morning "light and frothy" TV show called "Live at Nine".
There was also a chef from a Cajun restaurant there who cooked up a TON of mud-bugs (and we were allowed to dig in during the commercial breaks!).
As I recall, we played some "funk" piece (I believe one that we recorded in the studio and is linked earlier) and also "Come to the Mardi Gras".
Two key players were missing (trombone and tenor sax). Jim Mahannah had a local conflict, and Breeze Cayolle is out of town playing with Allen Toussant.
IF you have a fast internet connection, here is the show (1 hr...we played toward the beginning) from this morning:
I stayed up late last night (going out of town tomorrow...trying to get ready) and I don't recall having played particularly well this morning. I won't be viewing this video...I simply don't have the time with dial-up. I believe you have the option of downloading and saving it as a "RealPlayer" file...??
...You can see the new "mic holder" contraption in action...
You guys sounded great, bloke. You were working hard and sounding fine.
I used to have a black Gibson 335 like your guitar player.
Your mike rig looks interesting. How is it attached to the helicon?
We pronounce it Guf Coast
' sorry I missed the post, tubatooter, but I guess you saw the separate thread about that contraption.
We hope to see any of you who plan to attend the New Orleans Jazz Fest on
[quote]Friday, May 2
Art Neville, Stevie Wonder, John Prine, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Richard Thompson, John Butler Trio, John Hammond, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave., Marva Wright & the BMWs, Terence Blanchard & the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Papa Grows Funk, Sunpieâ€™s Tribute to Clifton Chenier, Zigaboo Modeliste, The Jackson Southernaires, The Lee Boys, Bonerama, The Bad Plus, John BouttÃ©, Soul Rebels, Ingrid Lucia, Coco Robicheaux & Spiritland, Theryl â€œHousemanâ€
I really don't know. "The Quarter" really was hardly hurt...and neither was the "Garden District" (old N.O...high ground). Some of my friends are trying to fix their destroyed houses to sell them or move back, but are encountering MANY problems. IF they can find someone to do the work (??) there are problems with folks LIVING in the houses, criminals robbing isolated carpenters and other tradesmen at gunpoint, etc., etc...
All I know is that I will have a check, gas money, and a hotel room...Frankly, I'm hesitant to use the hotel room.
If you went to the site, you have noted that it lasts several days with an equally-impressive line-up each day.
bloke "probably not a particularly well-chosen spokesman for the event"
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