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Trombone Shopping

Posted on : 12-12-2010 | By : Wayne Wallace | In : Life, Music


“Even though we’ve changed and we’re all finding our own place in the world, we all know that when the tears fall or the smile spreads across our face, we’ll come to each other because no matter where this crazy world takes us, nothing will ever change so much to the point where we’re not all still friends”

After a fun night of playing and reminiscing I went to the hotel where Los Van Van was staying in Japan Town to pick up Alvaro Collado and go trombone shopping. On my first visit to Cuba I noticed that all of the students at the School of the Arts were playing Russian model trombones. When I tried to play one of these horns I was amazed at how old and heavy they were. Of course this was recently after the collapse of the Soviet Union so all materials and supplies were in short supply. For those of you who are familiar with the system in Cuba you know that there are limitations even for some of Cuba’s greatest musicians. Alvaro was my first trombone/music instructor in Cuba and it was a pleasure to go shopping for a new horn for him.

On Friday I had brought one King model horn for Alvaro to play on the gig and see if it worked for him.
In his own words “¬°Wayne, este trombon es otra cosa! ” (translation=I am digging this horn!)
We hooked up with trombonist Mara Fox over in Oakland and spent the good part of the day trying out trombones. We really enjoyed the day but had no luck finding the model that Alvaro wanted.

Long story short we decided that Alvaro would keep my horn until he returns to the United States next year and if he was still digging it we would work something out.

Hasta later, Wayne

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