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  • Bob Bovi wrote on February 28, 2012 report

    WELL; LONG AGO IN 1956 I WAS ONLY 13 YEARS OLD AND PLAYING THE TRUMPET IN THE SCHOOL BAND, BAY VIEW A PRIVATE CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN RHODE ISLAND. LOUIE ARMSTRONG WAS COMING TO PROVIDENCE WITH HIS BAND AND THE WOODY HERMAN ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM AT THE VETERANS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, AN AFTERNOON CONCERT AND ONE A NIGHT. MY MOTHER AND I WENT TO THE ONE IN THE AFTERNOON. I WAS ABLE TO GET BACK STAGE AFTER SATCHMO AND HIS BAND PERFORMED, TO MEET MY FIRST FAMOUS MUSICIAN. IT WAS A THRILL TO SAY THE LEAST! I ASKED MR.ARMSTRONG FOR HIS AUTOGRAPH AND TOLD HIM THAT I PLAYED THE TRUMPET ALSO! HE HANDED ME HIS GOLDEN SELMER TRUMPET AND SAID "YOU HOLD THIS HORN SO I CAN SIGN YOUR PROGRAM, MY FELLOW TRUMPET PLAYER". I WAS VERY HAPPY! FOR ONE YEAR I BEGGED MY PARENTS TO BUY ME A NEW TRUMPET, NOT ANY TRUMPET BUT THE SAME AS LOUIE PLAYED. THEY BOUGHT IT FOR ME AT CHRISTMAS! A SELMER K-MODIFIED SPECIAL EDITION GOLD LACQUERED TRUMPET! THE SAME TRUMPET LOUIE ARMSTRONG PLAYED. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS HIS WAS SOLID GOLD! WELL NOW YOU KNOW THE INSIDE STORY!

  • Chris May wrote on February 28, 2012 report

    Did he give you a toke though, Bob? Seriously, I had a similar experience at a similar age, with the British trumpter Humphrey Lyttleton. Not Satch, I admit, but a great musician. I held his trumpet while he autographed a book he'd written.

  • Bob Bovi wrote on February 28, 2012 report

    LOVE YOUR SITE, GETING BETTER ALL THE TIME!

    BOB

  • Chris May wrote on February 28, 2012 report

    If I say so myself, I think it is :-) Glad you are enjoying it.

  • Michael Ricci wrote on February 28, 2012 report

    Hi Bob, Thanks for the kind words--we're improving AAJ daily.

    I added Bovi's Tavern to the venue directory today. It's located here...
    http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/entity.php?id=23221

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