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Zorn’s Prickly Harmony

Boney James
Matt Wilson

What’s that I hear? Smooth jazzers don’t know how to improvise?

Running up the aisles of Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre while blowing his sax during a funky version of “See What I’m Sayin’,” Boney James glimpsed a woman creeping toward him, her hips gyrating suggestively, her sinewy arms pushing up air. James, his ever-present old-timer’s hat not moving an inch, slammed on the brakes and jammed for a bit while the woman boogied in his face for her few minutes–any longer and management might have phoned ahead for a room. Improvisation!

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