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A brash young alto man from Texas named Jimmy Ford was an aggressive player, never in doubt, which gave a certain zing to his playing and a unique quality to his relationship with the rest of the band.

On a one-nighter he leaned across the sax section and snapped at the baritone player, "Gimme a reed!"

The puzzled baritone player handed him a brand new Rico, wondering how Jimmy was going to use it on his alto sax.

Jimmy snatched the reed from him, whipped out a Dixie cup, and proceeded to eat his ice cream using the reed as a spoon.


from Jazz Anecdotes, by Bill Crow, Chapter 11: On the Road
 

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A brash young alto man from Texas named Jimmy Ford was an aggressive player, never in doubt, which gave a certain zing to his playing and a unique quality to his relationship with the rest of the band.

On a one-nighter he leaned across the sax section and snapped at the baritone player, "Gimme a reed!"

The puzzled baritone player handed him a brand new Rico, wondering how Jimmy was going to use it on his alto sax.

Jimmy snatched the reed from him, whipped out a Dixie cup, and proceeded to eat his ice cream using the reed as a spoon.

from Jazz Anecdotes, by Bill Crow, Chapter 11: On the Road
Haha! LOVE it! That book by Bill Crow is excellent. For those of you who haven't read it........do so!
 
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