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I Can't See My Bass Player!

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 11:00pm 1 Comment

Jazz is a language. The live performance of jazz engages an audience in a conversation that is both interactive and communicative. The audience benefit in a live concert is enhanced by the spontaneity and body language of the group.

In the jazz ensemble it is impossible for musicians to communicate vocally. It would ruin the moment for the leader to shout, "CODA!" over the music.(although it is acceptable for Count Basie to say, "One more time" at the end of a…


A Stab in the Dark - The Night Pistol

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 3:00pm 1 Comment

On the subject of rare variants of Georg Luger's pistols, consider his flashlight assisted pistol. Today there are two of these known to exist. They were used by the personal bodyguards of Adolph Hitler and were called the "Night Pistols." Besides illuminating the darkness, they were loaded with tracer rounds which made them an awesome and terrifying night…


The Toggle-Lock Pistol

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 8:00pm 6 Comments

On my 16th birthday I was awarded a California Driver's License and my father gave me a 1949 MG Midget. The only things I loved as much as sporty cars were classic firearms.The first place I drove was to a gun shop in Culver City,Ca. It was called Martin B. Retting's "Ye Old Western Hunter." This was 1956 and at this time Retting was a major collector and the gun shop…


Russian Retro-Future

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 9:30pm 7 Comments

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The Soviet era (1918-1991) was a time of huge upheaval, but was also a period that produced some of the most radical and memorable printed…


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At 5:38pm on April 25, 2012, BandNerd 51 said…

Yes,John that is a Salvation Army uniform.I play in the post band in Ann Arbor Michigan. I currently am their Baritone player,as you can see the Besson baritone in the picture.I have played off and on since 7th grade,starting on Sousaphone and Tuba,and am now 60 and still loving it.We play every Sunday morning at 11:00AM at the post so if by chance your ever in town,please feel free to join us.



At 6:43pm on December 31, 2011, Andrew V. No said…

Happy New Year!

At 3:35pm on November 2, 2011, Mark said…

Hi, John! Nice to be friends.

At 3:09pm on November 2, 2011, James Viner said…

Thanks for friending!

At 3:27pm on October 17, 2011, lord_k said…

Happy to have you with us in the War Room!

At 7:00pm on October 13, 2011, Larry said…

I read it and I loved it. Great to have you with us.

At 9:09pm on October 7, 2011, Larry said…
Sounds great! Looking forward to it.
At 8:49pm on October 7, 2011, Larry said…
Those are wonderful pics! You really should go ahead and post them as an article. If you have any questions on how to do so just ask and I will be glad to help.
At 7:40pm on October 7, 2011, Larry said…
Good to have you with us, John.

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