Saturday, June 13, 2009

Bass motives


What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted first to be a musician. I left home at 16 to join a jazz band on the road. The string bass, otherwise known then as bass fiddle, bewitched me. I made it to the Marquee Club which was then off Oxford Street. Interval trio to the great Tubby Hayes Band. Oh, joy!

Leaving the stand after our 15 minute set Hayes bass player (a proper musician) whispered to me, "You've got a nerve, haven't you, son."

I was sussed, as they say. Never played again (thank God, said the crowd.) I was terrible.

Go here to the greatest of them all. Keter Betts playing Joy's Blues from the LP Bass Buddies & Blues.

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