soon learned why he didn't want to drive up this street. The block was
literally packed with drug addicts. I had never seen anything like this
before in my life but the irony of this is that as I walked up the street
with my , or I should say Bob's, bass, the people literally bowed to
me as though I were royalty or something and all wished me to play well.
I arrived at Minton's and went to where we would perform.
I met Monty and took my bass out of the case only to notice that Bob
had forgotten to put the end-pin in the bass case. So I asked for two
telephone books to prop the bass up a bit. We began the first song only
to have the bass continually slide off of the books.
went on all night and I felt so bad because
I could never really get to the music. I sounded horrible and thought
that I would never work in New York again. Sam Jones ( Bassist ) was
in the audience and afterwards welcomed me to New York and said "don't
worry homes, it's gonna be alright."