Next Jam

Youngsters and pros rip it up

It’s just the nature of a jam session; you never know who will show or what will happen. It’s the middle of summer, not many cars on the streets, and you might guess jam turnout would be low. Not yesterday! We had 16 jammers, including 5 drummers.

There were many fine moments, including singing Happy Birthday to Gabe and then listening to him tear through “Softly As in a Morning Sunrise.” I can’t believe how fast these young people progress. He just turned fifteen and has been playing sax around two years!

The best surprise was a sax player who showed up and ripped the doors off the place. People were asking, “Who is this guy?”

Ken HoffmanI set down and talked with him. Ken Hoffman is a pro who came to Madison in 1982 and has lived in the area since (he’s now in Waukesha). He’s been on a break from the sax for a while and is trying to get back into it. He’s a quiet guy, but when he picks up the sax you better step back. If he’s rusty now I can’t wait to hear him in peak form!

At the end of the jam Joey recognized him and realized they were bandmates 25 years ago in the Charlie Brooks band. They had fun catching up.

Who will show up at our next jam? Be there on August 3rd and find out. The band is Dave Stoler – piano, Brad Townsend – bass, and Rick Flower – drums. Eric Koppa plays tenor sax and will be the educator. The tune-of-the-week is “Girl From Ipanema.” Michael should have notes up soon.

Lastly, the owner of the Fountain said he will have the piano tuned!

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