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« Reply #60 on: August 14, 2010, 01:27:23 AM »

Zappa with the Roxy & Elsewhere band (George Duke, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ruth Underwood, The Fowler Brothers, Ralph Humphreys & Chester Thompson), with Tom Waits solo as the opening act, incredible show.

Stevie Wonder in the early 80s at the Sunrise Musical Theater, incredibly tight band, Stevie was talkative and playful with the audience, as a teaser did 8 bars of the C&W classic walkin the floor over you, then a snap of the fingers and the band stops on a dime and goes into Sir Duke. Stevie used a synth to morph his voice into the Little Stevie voice and does Fingertips standing on the piano bench and dancing, falls off the bench and has his brother help him back up on the bench, to finish the song (may have been staged, it didn't look like it, but it was priceless). Few performers have a catalogue as deep and rich to draw on, and he included songs from the entire catalogue.

Paul Simon the Rhythm of the Saints tour with the Brazilian percussionists (two of Robertinho Silvas sons), and the African guitar and bass players. Covered the latest works, the Graceland materialand did excellent new arrangements of the old S & G material. Again a deep catalogue well represented.

Milton Nascimento (Brazilian legendary musical icon) in 1990 at the lovely Gusman Theater in Miami. Coincidentally, Simon and Wonder have both appeared on his albums.

The iconic Tony Bennett on a floating barge stage on a full moon night, on Key Biscayne, with the Miami skyline as a backdrop.

James Taylor freebie on the beach just before Xmas in Ft. Lauderdale.

Kenny Burrell at the Musicains Exchange, a jazz giant in a tiny room, took the opportunity to thank him for the great pleasure his work has given me over the years and bought him a drink. He was most gracious.

Old and In the Way many times (including the album sessions) at the Boarding House in San Francisco. Great shows by Commander Cody, and Asleep at The Wheel there too.

Joe Pass, Dizzy Gillespie, Zoot Sims seperately at The Great American Music Hall in the 70's.

The Dead too many times to mention.

I have been blessed to have seen many great performers and performances over the years. I thank them all.

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