Tonight, I'm going to have my opportunity to pay tribute to the Big Man!
There's a group here in Chicago called Tributosaurus (www.tributosaurus.com) that plays the first Wednesday of each month (7pm and 10pm) at Martyrs, a club on the north side. Each month they become a different legendary band. This month they're doing Bruce Springsteen, and they tapped me for the tenor sax position. I've been doing my homework - transcribing the original Clarence solos, reading his book "Big Man", checking live performances on youtube, etc. It's been a great learning experience in playing with economy, emotion, and melodic content.
Two days after Clarence died, I had a gig that was all 50's and 60's rock 'n' roll, and I got to channel a lot of Big Man for that. Tonight's gig will really give me a chance to properly pay homage to CC. We're doing an 18 song set for each show. The songs with sax/horns are:
Blinded By The Light
10th Avenue Freeze Out
Ties That Bind
New York City Serenade
Born To Run
Can't wait to hit the stage! What with 2 18-song sets, we'll ALMOST be playing as much as an E Street Band show, except with a break in the middle!