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Jules

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And so it came to pass that- feeling more than a little bit like a contestant on the BBC's "Faking It"- he packed up a vast flight case with a tenor & soprano sax, musical saw, harmonicas & effects pedals, bass clarinet and various bits of percussion- and went to the Vienna Jazz festival. Its a long time since i've felt scared by a gig but this one's got me deeply worried. Me- at a jazz festival- what were they thinking! I really don't consider myself a jazzer on any level but am holding out for for impersonating some sort of jazz-punk Roland kirk.... wish me luck, feels like I'm going to need it!
 

kevgermany

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Good luck, I'm sure you'll do well. Wien is a wonderful place. And lots of wonderful musicians there. The Austrians are very open minded musically. Especially the Jazz afficionados.
 

Andrew Sanders

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Just have a ball Jules. Just give it some attitude and plenty of volume. Oh and don't forget to look very smug at the end of your solos.
That usually works for me.
Andrew
 

Taz

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Jules, I'm sure you must have read my article in Saxophone Champions called Playing - How to Blag it as a Saxophone Player Have a quick read, then "up it" a notch. You know you can do it, and as Andrew said, "have a ball." It'll be a fantastic experience.
 
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Sunray

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Star ...

Hey Hey Jules ...

You must be joking ...

When I met you recently, I thought you really look like a true "Cool Jazzer" ... :shocked: [lmao]

Nah mate! I am sure you have a great time and just remember - Everyone else who has been invited to play are thinking and feeling the same as you ...

Anyway's - You sound like you will have the biggest flight case out of the bunch, so all the others will think you are the man ... :mrcool

Just blow mate and have loads of fun ... [I wish I could be there to support you] and make the movie ... ;}
 

Jules

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Just have a ball Jules. Just give it some attitude and plenty of volume. Oh and don't forget to look very smug at the end of your solos.
Andre
Attiude and volume- not a problem... they're my specialisty. "can you turn the tenor down.... hang on, he's not got a mic!"- Matty, guitarist from Fat45!
Jules, I'm sure you must have read my article in Saxophone Champions called "How to blag it as a saxophone player" Have a quick read, then "up it" a notch. You know you can do it, and as Andrew said, "have a ball." It'll be a fantastic experience.
The worrying bit's not the sax- been doingh that for years, its the jazz bit.... Like I said to ya recently, I'm more a Steve McKay (Stooges) sort of guy... which, I suppose, does equate for a sort of strip joint version of free jazz..., hopefully!
 
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Nick Wyver

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Know what you mean. I always feel a bit panicky when someone mentions jazz. That's complicated, isn't it? Good luck mate.
 

ManEast

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Attiude and volume- not a problem... they're my specialisty. "can you turn the tenor down.... hang on, he's not got a mic!"- Matty, guitarist from Fat45!

The worrying bit's not the sax- been doingh that for years, its the jazz bit.... Like I said to ya recently, I'm more a Steve McKay (Stooges) sort of guy... which, I suppose, does equate for a sort of strip joint version of free jazz..., hopefully!
Hi Jules
Remember (1) Its an Art form, Not a sport (2) There is only one person in the world that can play like you...and thats you.

Have a fantastic time .

ManEast
 

old git

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Anyone care to define jazz? Last time that was tried ended up with instruments being broken over knees.

They booked you because they knew you would add to the festival.

Go and blow every other bxxxer off the stage.
 

allansto

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There may be something you havent considered here
Are you going there to teach or learn or both ?
If you have lost faith in yourself then trust in destiny cos whatever will be, will be.
A couple of largers with the locals will soon put you at ease then youll probably have a blast after that.
Wish you all the luck!
 

old git

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A couple of largers with the locals will soon put you at ease then youll probably have a blast after that.
Wish you all the luck!
Kev,
Is this encouraging Jules into sexual exploration? Don't change into lederhosen in public, Jules.
 

kevgermany

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>:)

Kev,
Is this encouraging Jules into sexual exploration? Don't change into lederhosen in public, Jules.
No, Allansto obviously knows Austria - standard Bier is 300ml, unlike Bavaria, where it's 500mL. So to get a decent drink you have to ask for a large lager. (Grosses Bier)... And even then the Bavarian stuff is better.
 

tommy

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Attiude and volume- not a problem... they're my specialisty. "can you turn the tenor down.... hang on, he's not got a mic!"- Matty, guitarist from Fat45!

The worrying bit's not the sax- been doingh that for years, its the jazz bit.... Like I said to ya recently, I'm more a Steve McKay (Stooges) sort of guy... which, I suppose, does equate for a sort of strip joint version of free jazz..., hopefully!
do'nt worry you most probably been playing jazz for years and not knowing it so go for it and have fun good luck
 

Young Col

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Seen many things in Brighton, but never that as I recall. Good luck Jules - in Vienna that is!
YC
 

johnboy

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Just get up there and play, if they don't understand it, it must be 'Jazz'.

Have a fantastic time :welldone

John;}
 
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