Talking through playing

by Sven Bjerstedt

Salim Washington writes, "[Charles] Mingus claimed to be able to communicate [through his bass playing] actual sentences that were intelligible" (in O'Meally et al., Uptown conversation, 2004, p. 48).

This made me vaguely remember reading somewhere about an early jazz trombonist who got fired from a band for communicating the word "m-----f-----" through his instrument on stage. Could anyone provide the source of this story?

Sven Bjerstedt

Posted on Jun 30, 2017, 7:58 AM

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