Big Jay McNeely
One of the things that I am going to stop doing is using terminology like "Jump Blues".
From a musical standpoint, Big Jay McNeely’s performance at the Pioneer Awards show what the absolute HIGHLIGHT of the evening for me!
This 72 year old man ROCKED THE HOUSE with a WAILING, SHOUTING, HONKING SAX, the likes that I have NEVER experienced in my life, and had the Apollo crowd JUMPIN UP AND DOWN, CLAPPING THEIR HANDS and STOMPING THEIR FEET like they were in church!
He JUMPED UP ON THE APOLLO STAGE from as he entered NOT from backstage, but from the AUDIENCE!!!!
but Big Jay…
· …the lights were dimmed, the theater was now dark
Big Jay had fluorescent gloves on
So what we saw was a SPINNING saxophone being played by a pair of WHITE GLOVES!!!!!!!!!!!
(anybody here ever hear of "SHOCK ROCK"?)
So naturally, I went over and talked with him….:)
Then when he was finished, I introduced him to Mike and we talked for a bit about Soul-Patrol.
"Your mother must be proud of the two of you…"
Then he told us that he wasn’t going to be singing during the show, but that instead he was going to just play his sax.
IN NO WAY DID THIS ENCOUNTER PREPARE ME FOR WHAT I WITNESSED ON THE STAGE…
(it BLEW MY MIND)
–Bob Davis (11/2001)
"YOU CAN MAKE IT IF YOU TRY
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