To break the ice with his new audience Stevie asked if anyone would like him to play a request. A little old Japanese man jumped out of his seat in the front row and shouted at the top of his voice...
"Play a Jazz chord! Play a jazz chord!"
Amazed that this guy knew about the jazz influences in Stevie's varied career, the blind impresario started to play an E minor scale and then went into a difficult jazz melody for about 10 minutes. When he finished, the whole place went wild.
The little old man jumped up again and shouted...
"No, no, play a Jazz chord, play a Jazz chord".
A bit nonplussed by this, Stevie, being the professional that he was, dived straight into a jazz improvisation with his band around the B flat minor chord and really tore the place apart. The crowd went wild with this impromptu show of his technical expertise.
The little old man jumped up again.
"No, no. Play a Jazz chord, play a Jazz chord".
A little brassed off that this guy didn't seem to appreciate his playing ability, Stevie said to him from the stage "OK smart ass, you get up here and do it!"
The little old man climbed up onto the stage, grabbed hold of the mike, and started to sing,
"A jazz chord to say I ruv you................."
Now, of course, this story could be seen by some to be politically incorrect on a number of levels, relying on a stereotypical image of a non native english language speaker and a blind pianist for it's humour, when, actually, it's nothing more than a shaggy dog story, completely invented and relying on a rather bad pun to raise a smile. Barnaby's Quirky Verse is rather like that, complete invention and a lot of bad puns. You could check them out at www.barnaby-wilde.co.uk (some of them are even FREE to download).