Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Paul's new, old trombone

“A frisky spirit makes my trombone sing.” — Chris Barber, British jazz musician best known as a bandleader and trombonist

WHEN Paul and I celebrated our anniversary in Kansas City last month, we brought along his late-60's King 3-B trombone so we could check it into the trombone hospital — BAC: Best American Craftsmen Music — for a complete refurbishment and customization. 

He's been waiting expectantly, and a little nervously, for it to be finished. Last week owner Michael Corrigan let us know his horn was ready, but with all the prep work for both the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra holiday concert and Santa's visit to the domestic violence shelter, we couldn't get away to pick it up. 

Paul felt like we had too much on our plate to be able to go this week either, but I really, really wanted him to have his new, old horn for Christmas, so last night I said, "Let's just jump in the car tomorrow and go get it." 

So we did, and wow, is the new version of his old horn something to see and hear, and is Paul ever a happy guy! It plays like a dream.

Merry Christmas, sweetheart. You deserve it.

Left to right: BAC owner Mike Corrigan, Paul and craftsman Darrel Wilson.

BACer, Trevor, said excitedly, "Let's play a duet!" And so they did.

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