When people say, "You play the sax, let me hear something..." is usually when I put the horn away as quickly as I can. If they persist I either ask them what tune they want to hear, and it's usually a pop tune I've heard before and can at least half-*** the melody on, or I just make up something on the spot...usually about how much I hate it when I'm presented with that line, but they can't hear the words in my head so it sounds a lot less mean.
On tenor it used to be a slow rendition of "'Round Midnight." But now, after Woody's movie, on both alto and soprano it's "Si Tu Vois Ma Mere." Seems everyone likes to hear that one and it lends itself well to solo play.
I think a lot of people forget that the sax has a beautiful haunting tone. I do somewhere over the rainbow in most situations when I'm in between the songs I want to present as a solo or duo acts Its recognizable , isn't consididered "jazz' (has a vocal basis to it) and connects generations. I don"t crank out some Bebop song or jazz thing from the 60s. I'm demoing the sound of the instrument and I guess what I sound like. Also, even after playing it 1000s of times I still like it and can connect to it. When I do it in a convalescent setting I always change keys just to keep me awake and If I have a guitar, play it like a reggie or add things to it stylistically if that seems like the crowd can handle. But otherwise just slow and pretty >K
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