How many famous people played saxophone in their life ie: Alan Greenspan, Sid Ceasar.Bill Clinton. Who else?
Yeah, but Bill Clinton plays like a 7th grader.... <chuckle>
Point is, he plays. Can Bush make music?
Anyway, David Bowie plays sax. Can't think of anyone else.
Fred MacMurray (he played once on My Three Sons - the talent show episode, one of the funniest ever)
I feel your pain. I learned a long time ago to engage people in conversation and learn more about them before saying yes OR no.
Quite a long time ago, I almost lost the opportunity to make an incredible amount of money. At a local Quick-Check, a biker was ahead of me in line buying a soda. I was talking to a potential customer about making a custom piece of furniture for his collection and the biker butted into my conversation. He looked like a Hell's Angels reject, but I politely listened as this unshaven, scruffy, no-accout biker explained what he wanted for his new house. Our conversation continued in the parking lot where I was introduced to Elizabeth Taylor, saw 'Capitalist Tool' on Scruffie's bike, and put two and two together - and listened more closely after intoducing my client to Malcom Forbes Malcom used to ride motorcycles in my area and often with Liz Taylor when she was in town, it turned out. I got both commi$$ion$, BTW.
Never say no to anyone too quickly
Fred was a for real player (and singer!) in the bands of George Olsen and Gus Arnheim in the early 30s. He got into the acting game as one of the California Collegians, a dance band incoporated into the musical show 'Roberta.'
Wallace Reid, a silent era movie actor, used to play a C melody back in the day of the craze. He liked to have it in his publicity photos.
Sid Caesar played 3rd alto, with bands like Charlie Spivak's, very briefly in the early 40s.
One of 'Crazy Al' Greenspan's section mates in the Henry Jerome band was Leonard Garment, who went to law school and became White House Counsel to Nixon.
David Letterman apparently played sax in his high school marching band, although he probably spent more time tormenting the majorettes or rearranging the drill formations to read 'BITE ME' than actually playing.
As I may have mentioned previously in this forum, my 1933 Buescher New Aristocrat alto was once owned (dunno about played) by Bernadette Peters.
Lou Costello, of Abbot and Costello, started out as a sax player in New Jersey. He had a big family so he was always playing some cousins wedding or party. Ray Charles plays sax, incredibly soulfully, just like you think he would. Joke: what's the difference between a tenor player and a kaleidoscope? One gives you endless, meaningless patterns, the other you look through.
Did anyone mention - Hal Linden ? The guy that played Barney Miller..... TP
Robert Klein the comedian played bari sax in JHS
Also Larry (whatshisname) the sergeant from the T.V. shoe F-Troup, Played a curved soprano sax