Sunday, August 27, 2006
My old buddy Mike (the drummer here) sent me this pic the other day of us playing at Violet's, a jazz club in Greenwich Connecticut some years back. You may notice that Mike and I are SMOKING! INSIDE a BAR! Amazing, I know. Shocking immorality. That's Jeff Smith playing the keyboards. He's a kick ass bebop player. The phrase I heard in this band more than any other was "Take another chorus!" Oy! We must have played Giant Steps a million times. We would purposely play hard stuff as fast as we could BECAUSE it was hard. Why? I can't now recall but it seemed like fun at the time. Except for my poor fingers! I should have switched to fretless electric but I liked the look of the upright. "Standup" Toomey, that's me. My car broke down on the way to this gig and I had to walk to a pay phone and get my buddy and roomate Seth to drive me to the gig. I left the car by the side of the road. Ah, the good old days.