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    Quote Originally Posted by Yofis View Post
    I slept in Carly Simon's bed at her house on Martha's Vineyard...does that count?
    Depends on if you were alone or not...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yofis View Post
    I slept in Carly Simon's bed at her house on Martha's Vineyard...does that count?
    How was it?
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    I've met Eric Marienthal
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    Montreal Jazz fest are pretty flexible when trying to go backstage to met artists!!
    I met Joe Lovano , Ravi Coltrane , Dave Liebman, James Carter , Hank Jones and Jerry Bergonzi !

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    I got nobody... unless you count Santy Runyon. He gave a clinic at my high school once. I remember him having me blow my horn while he reached around me from behind to run the keys.

    And Jeremy Davis (of the Equinox Jazz Orchestra) if you count big band guys.
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    I met Scott Hamilton and chatted with him for almost an hour back in 1982. Didn't even know who he was until after he was gone.
    I was overhauling a gold-plated Selmer model 22 alto in the workshop at Berklee as part of a saxophone reconditioning course. A guy walks in and asks if anyone was using the space on the work bench right beside me. I said..."No, it's all yours"...so he pulls a tenor out of its case and starts replacing a couple of pads and stuff. He noticed the horn I was working on and asked if he could take a closer look. He commented on the serial number...2050..."Man, that's a classic. Where did you get your hands on an old horn like that"?
    He introduced himself simply as "Scott", shook my hand, and we continued to chitchat back and forth as we worked. After he left, the instructor came up to me and asked me if I knew who I had been talking to. I told him that he had said his name was Scott. He said..."Yeah...Scott Hamilton". I had a blank look on my face because up until that moment I had never heard of Scott Hamilton.
    Of course, over the years I've come to acknowledge Scott Hamilton as one of the best tenor players out there...probably my favorite of all of the tenor players still living. I just wish I had known who he was back then. I'm sure I would have appreciated the meeting and the conversation much more if I had realized who I was talking to.

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    Wow, CooolJazzz what a neat story. I love Scott Hamilton's tenor playing. I met him too. Last February. What a very kind and gentle man. I went up to the stage to say Hi after the concert and he had me follow him back to his warm up room where we talked and he also introduced me to Harry Allen-another great tenor player!!
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    I didn't really personally meet Dave Koz, but he sent me an e-mail complimenting on my playing ability and tried to help me get some sheet music of his songs.

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    I met Charles McPherson and Walter Davis Jr. I was at my jazz teacher, Ira Jackson's, house. Ira grew up in Detroit with Charles and Lonnie Hillyard. These guys were taught by Barry Harris. Actually one day Ira had Barry Harris on the phone while I was there...That's as close as I got to meeting Barry Harris...lol...
    Charles told me I sounded like Lucky Thompson! A very encouraging soul Charles was...
    Why Ira was not as famous as these guys is beyond me. I the last I heard of Ira he played with Duke Jordan and Duke loved Ira's playing!

    Anyway
    Funny story though...

    One day I was waiting in the lobby where Ira Jackson lived and in walked this pretty beaten up (clothes wise) individual. He really looked homeless. I didn't really give him much attention, but I did wonder why the doorman let him in and allowed him to go up the elevator....I mean he was that haggard looking!

    Finally the doorman tells me it's okay to go upstairs and I walk into Ira's apartment and here is that haggard looking gentleman!
    It was Walter Davis Jr!

    Quite the eccentric gentleman....I love it.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CooolJazzz View Post
    I met Scott Hamilton and chatted with him for almost an hour back in 1982. Didn't even know who he was until after he was gone.
    Those are usually the best conversations. You just talk, rather than being all star-struck. I've had that happen when I show up early to someone else's gig and hardly anyone else is around. I was chatting with a guy who was warming up on a drum practice pad, and I assumed he was the drummer. Then the drummer showed up and I was really confused. Turns out the guy working the practice pad was actually the pianist, but the piano had not yet been tuned and he refused to play it until it was. (Hearing the tuner do his work, I can understand why.)

    Oddly, most of our conversation centered on C-melody saxophones -- he owned three.
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    I got to play with Doc Severensen, What an amazing time & nervewrecking experiance all at once. The only other time was when I was playing in a Jazz club in the absolute worst part of town. In walks this guy wearing a turban on his head, I was playing Blue Bossa, the Organ player gets up, the dude with the turban sits down and totally blows everyone away. It was Dr. Lonnie Smith ! He played one more tune & hung out for about an hour. Very Cool

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    never met one myself, but one of my best friends met David Sanborn. He is originally from Republic of Georgia. When he was there visiting family one summer, he went to a concert that the David Sanborn Band was putting on. He has an autographed poster.

    I never got the chance, but I always wanted to meet Leroi Moore (R.I.P.)

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    Back in college during the early 80's, the Captain and Tenille ate at the restaurant I worked at several times. I know, I know, not jazz musicians, but nice folks and Darryl did wear that cool ship captain's hat, which is sort of jazz-like, right? Other than that, I got nothin'...
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    Let's see:
    Chris Potter
    Donny McCaslin
    Joshua Redman
    Bennie Maupin
    Jimmy Heath
    Eric Alexander
    Greg Hutchinson
    Taylor Eigsti
    David Hazeltine
    Don Braden
    Donald Harrison
    Ndugu Chancler

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    the last famous player I talked to was Chris Potter after a show in Amsterdam. remarkable nice person, I can imagine him being somewhat tired after a busy schedule of perfomance and travel but he took all the time to talk to me and answer questions about composition and saxophone playing. Very humble , no star attitude whatsoever.

    A friend of mine ( bass player) was once stopped when he was on his way to the north sea jazz festival in the hague by a person who was apparently a bit lost and needed directions. He asked to be shown the way to the concert hall and since my friend was going there anyway he invited the man to step in the car. The individual introduced himself as Don Grolnick, piano player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westerly64 View Post
    Back in college during the early 80's, the Captain and Tenille ate at the restaurant I worked at several times. I know, I know, not jazz musicians, but nice folks and Darryl did wear that cool ship captain's hat, which is sort of jazz-like, right? Other than that, I got nothin'...
    I was awfully young when they were popular, but I seem to recall him being a monster synth player.
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    God, did I hate "Muskrat Love". Evil, catchy melody and ridiculous lyric get stuck in your head for days at a time and slowly drive you crazy... I vaguely remember them having a variety show on TV when I was a kid. Like I said, this was way back in the dimly remembered 1980s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toughtenor View Post
    the last famous player I talked to was Chris Potter after a show in Amsterdam. remarkable nice person, I can imagine him being somewhat tired after a busy schedule of perfomance and travel but he took all the time to talk to me and answer questions about composition and saxophone playing. Very humble , no star attitude whatsoever.

    A friend of mine ( bass player) was once stopped when he was on his way to the north sea jazz festival in the hague by a person who was apparently a bit lost and needed directions. He asked to be shown the way to the concert hall and since my friend was going there anyway he invited the man to step in the car. The individual introduced himself as Don Grolnick, piano player.
    Chris seemed much more interested in going to get beer than talking to some high school kid (me) when I met him.

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    I have met some and had the privilege of playing with some as well.

    A couple of years ago, I got to play with Jason Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, and Rubin Guerin(Never spell his name right)...then that same year, did a jam with Victor Wooten of Bela Fleck, and then Bela came out as well....what a blast! Got to meet Jason's brother Wynton when our Big Band played in Gainesville...he was playing a show which was incredible with the Lincoln Jazz Orchestra, waited for a while after the show and then snuck back-stage with some friends...a bunch of cheese and meats, lol, but when Wynton shook my hand and started to talk to me, it felt like he was pulling me all around the room, maybe more in my head now, but I am pretty sure it happened

    One of the coolest memories I have was driving to Atlanta and seeing Harry Connick Jr. I used to talk to his management team all the time via AOL Instant Messenger and when we got there, they had this one little booth setup and I introduced myself as JazzerBazzer which is what my screenname was many years ago and the lady looked at me like I was crazy and I started to explain who I was and the lady standing beside her was like, "That was me you've been talking to"...we started chatting a bit, she asked how many friends I was with(5) and she gave us 6 pit tickets, it was incredible...it only got better, after the show, I was talking with the lady from the management team and to make a long story short, we got to go have dinner with Harry and some friends!

    To make that even better, he played a couple of days later in Jacksonville, and I was with the same friends and we added another, and we were backstage pre-show, and this gentleman walked out while we were looking at some pictures and it was Leroy Jones....yet our friend didn't know that and a trumpet player started warming up and our friend was like "Is that Leroy Jones?" And the man standing there with us said "No, I am Leroy Jones" Just a wonderful few days there for sure!

    Some other artists I have met:
    Dave Brubeck, Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman, Lenny Pickett, The Lincoln Jazz Orchestra of 2002, Peter Erskine, Harry Connick Jr's Big Band, Dave Stodemyer(spelled wrong I think, trombone and leader of Airmen of Note for a long time) Randy Brecker...that's all I can remember right now, typing this at the studio right now and the noise is calling my attention
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