Posted by: ralpham | September 15, 2011

From jazz to rock, then back again

From jazz to rock, then back again

By Graham – How times flies! It was May 5th  when Ralph uploaded my one and only post here The band reunion happened at the beginning of July, and it was absolutely amazing. One of the things I couldn’t help chuckling at when we were on stage was at old Harry. He’d always been the band’s clown in the 50s, with his skinny little legs in skin-tight trousers and that oversized leather jacket.

So there he was on his 80th birthday, now as wide as he is tall, waddling around the stage, trying the same moves, aided by a walking stick. It was funny until be started blowing his old trumpet like his  life depended on it. At one point I thought he was going to have a heart attack.

I was so pleased to hear that Joe has hooked up with some of the members of the Tom Cats and is back making music. It’s interesting that all of us old musicians have reverted back to the music of our youth, i.e. jazz. But then it makes sense, after all  it would look a bit silly if a bunch of blokes in their 70s and 80s were playing rebellious rock and roll wouldn’t it?

I loved Ralph’s post last week entitled “I reserve the right to be irrational”.  What a fantastic quote. It could easily be Joe’s maxim for life 🙂


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