Jonny Rosch was our guest at the SGA Pro-Shop last Wednesday, and he is my favorite of all of the Blues Brothers.
I love his road war stories—my favorite part of being married to Burt were the big band stories from the road. I am just at the age that I caught the end of it, and landed in the velvet trap of the studios. Which I loved, and that too has passed and now were are on to something else.
You have to stay awake, because it’s late. Jonny has a sweet gig every other Tuesday night at 78 Below with his sideman “friends.” The best of the best play with him, including Anton Fig, Tony Garnier, Jon Herington, Oz Noy, Shawn Pelton, Steve Holley and many other great sidemen and session players. I know that Bette Susman stops by there as do all of the great players, just for the great hang.
Not all get to sit in, but everyone loves the scene. I could listen to the stories forever, and Jonny is a great story teller. I had promised him that I would let him go by 8 p.m., but no one would let him go—they could not get enough of his stories and and he did promise to come back.
Stories of the Blues Brothers and Pheobe Snow. We got to reminisce about Alan Rubin...you now how I feel about the trumpet. I was laughing and smiling as I wrote this, when the word came in that Donald Byrd had died, and I was am shocked out of my reverie.
He was my teacher and friend, and Burt played with him for years, an our bond was strong and for a long period, like fifty years. I cannot believe that I can count that high, but that is how it is. When you study with someone and play with someone, it is very intimate. It is a bond as strong as family. And more.