How I met Eddie Harris.
I was setting in my shop minding my own business when a guy came in… I thought I recognized him for somewhere but I jut could not place him. He said “I cannot play my high notes on my tenor and I need your help” well then I knew where I had seen him. It was on some of hi album covers and it was Eddie Harris. Now I am not the brightest person on the planet but I was definitely not going to they to tell Eddie Harris about how to play high notes.
He turned his back to me and put his saxophone together and started to play. Well it sounded just terrible. I had no idea what to say… then he turned around and his neck was at a right angle. He had closed it in his car door and it was bent to hell. He just started laughing and that was how I met him… He was yanking my chain before I met him. He always had something funny to say and kept me laughing. By the way he was playing a Mark VII Tenor and I had a new neck I gave him…
EL TORITO – TORRANCE
23225 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505
This EL TORITO – TORRANCE Restaurant has great food and the people are very nice and friendly. The service is good and the place is beautiful inside.
For some reason they make some of the best ribs I have ever had… just at this restaurant. I discovered them when a couple of my friends and I ordered the combo platter and it has some rib on it…. Well they were so good the next time I went in I had the Rib Dinner. They melt in you mouth.. just great. They also have a good tostada salad that is very good if you are watching what you eat. I always watch what I eat .. I look at it… then put it in my mouth. But I do watch it……
Bamboo Cuisine Great Food
14010 Ventura Blvd.,
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(located between Murietta Ave. & Costello Ave.)
Tel: 818-788-0202 • Fax: 818-788-5802
Sunday – Thursday 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Friday & Saturday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
My friend Darryl who I talk about a lot took me and my friend Scott Page to this restaurant for a business lunch. Darryl knows his food and this place had a lot of great dishes. Man…. We had a Garlic Shrimp, a mixture of Scallops, vegetables and Shrimp, Fried Rice and more.
The service was a little slow but everyone was very nice. I am looking forward to going back soon.
Why does my young clarinet section play flat?
Beginning, grade school and junior high clarinets player are often flat because most of the manufactures of student clarinets make them with barrels that are simply too long. The young student that is just starting to produce a tone and have not developed an embouchure needs a shorter barrel. The long barrel can cause the student to develop some bad habits like biting or have the bottom lip to tight to get the pitch up creating a thin tone and hurting the response of the clarinet.
Most student clarinet come with a 65mm pr 66mm barrel these lengths of barrels usually require a stronger reed to get the pitch up and good (3 1.2 to 5 strength).
Young developing students cannot use these hard reeds so the barrels should be at least a 64mm and better yet a 63mm allowing the student to develop a more relaxed embouchure, have a better tone and use softer reeds.
Good Neighbor Restaurant Studio City California
For a few years my Sax Shop was located in the same shopping center so I ate at the Good Neighbor almost everyday. It has gone through several owners since then but my good friends Bette & Rick Nowinski have owned it for a long time now. They have done a great job fixing the restaurant up and expanding it to offer better service.
I till mostly have the same breakfast when I go there now since it is not that close to where I live.
Egg Beaters mixed with mushrooms and American Cheese lightly cooked, generally with burned French Fries, an English Muffin well done with extra butter and Ice Tea. NOt healthy but it sure is good …..
Introduction to Places a FatMan Eats
I am going to be starting up my original “Places a FatMan Eats” as anyone who knows me I do love to eat. I do not have a great pallet or do not look for great chefs.. I just go to different restaurants and eat. If I like it I will tell you and if I don’t I will say nothing.
My friend Darryl has been looking up restaurants and taking me out to lunch. And I swear you cannot always judge the restaurant buy it’s cover. Some do not look so good from the outside and the food is great and some look great the food is just so-so.
I hope to talk about restaurants where the food and service are good.
Jazz musicians must have a since of humor.
There is the story of the famous jazz musician that was asked, “why do you play Jazz?” Now the guy that asked him was expecting “I love the music or Jazz moves me” but his answer was surprising “Because I don’t like crowds”
Saxophone right hand key noise and bounce..
A lot of manufactures and repairmen let the cork under the right hand keys bounce against the main body of the saxophone. This creates two things: Noise and bounce in the right hand keys when they are lifted. The fix is very simple: just glue a piece of soft felt to the main body of the saxophone under the key. The noise will likely go away and it might help a little with the bounce of the keys in the right hand.