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May 17, 2018 - 7:25:06 AM
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1105 posts since 4/8/2009

"The Manhattan Minstrel" Eddy Davis playing and singing a song by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Norman Gimbal from 1963. It is loosely based on Chopin's Prelude # 4. When I first met Howard Alden I was sitting in a booth at a Namm show in Anaheim, California demonstrating Banjos for the OME company. He walked up and asked if he could play some with me. When I heard him play I said "I knew there was someone out there that could play like that, but I didn't know I would meet him that day". This is one of the tunes we played. I said to Jeff Wood (OME) "let's have Howard join me at the Chicago Namm show" and we did and there after. Davis is playing his 12" head 17 fret custom OME Tenor Banjo.
When Howard walked up he had a name tag on that said "Howard Roberts". I said "hey, you are not Howard Roberts, I just saw him upstairs playing "Days of Wine and Roses" with Herb Ellis and Joe Pass". He said I'm a student of Howard's and he let me use his pass to get in here. Then we also played "Wine and Roses". The booth next to us was GHS strings and Dave Holcumb of the "H' was listening and I already indorsed GHS, so I said "Hey Dave, can Howard have strings too?" He said "You bet". Those were the good old days. The stories go on and on. Eddy

May 18, 2018 - 6:13:56 AM

179 posts since 2/16/2014


Love the stories Eddy. Tell us more.
I am quickly becoming a Jobim fan.

May 27, 2018 - 10:57:41 AM

46 posts since 1/21/2016

Hi Eddy

Your rendition sounds great. I would love to see the lead sheet if you the time to post it. It looks to me like you are doing this in Dm, but your chord changes seem a bit different than what I am seeing in the fake books.

Thanks as usual for all your great videos and stories.


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