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Edgar Winter

Tales of a Woodwind repairman

Edgar Winter

When I got out of the Army I went on the road playing in rock bands and blues bands… I was trying to play the saxophone then I heard Edgar Winter play on his “Entrance” album… hell … he was playing things I could never play if I practiced 24 hours a day…. He was a big reason I became a repairman…. And once again the first time he came into the Sax Shop I was ecstatic.

Of course, not many people think of Edgar as a saxophonist… I think he is one of the best saxophonist I have ever heard… On the Entrance Album Jimmy’s Gospel is outrageous… the way he starts with the simple melody and keeps adding to it each time he plays it until he is playing higher and faster than most sax players can…. Edgar Winter legend!

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Ramsey Lewis

Tales of a Woodwind repairman

I was setting in a club in Chicago many years ago listening to George Shearing… he was great…

The waitress was taking this guy to his table and he stepped on both of my feet… never said anything just walked all over my feet… well I was young and not always that bright, so I was about to get up and say something … when… Mr. Shearing said we have a great artist in the house tonight Ramsey Lewis… well needless-to-say, I have not been able to listen to his music since that foot stomping incident….

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James Moody

James Moody Jazz Legend

 

I met James through Francois Kloc when I worked at Buffet setting up the Buffet clarinets and Keilworth saxophones. James was a Keilworth artist, so when he would drop by I would check his sax…

He came to several times after I left Buffet and the last time he came in was just great.  I worked on his sax and he started playing and showing me things he had learned that week. “Check out this pattern, look at how many way you can change it around” he would say then play them for me… it was great that a man who could just live on his reputation and just play his old stuff still wanted to learn new things.  He was always one of my favorite players since my sister played me “Last Train from Overbrook”.

James had a special Cologne someone in New York made just for him and if he liked you he would put a little on you and tell you how good you smelled.  He was an inspiration to me as a man besides being the great player.

He will always be remembered.