A Jazz Chord

Submitted by IN SEINE

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Stevie Wonder played a gig in Tokyo, and the hall was packed to the rafters. Stevie asked for requests.

A little old Japanese man jumped out of his seat in the first 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 on Stevie's career, the blind impresario played an E minor scale and then segued into a difficult jazz melody.

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 irritated by this, Stevie, being the professional that he is, dived straight into a jazz improvisation with his band around the B flat minor chord and again tore the place apart.

The crowd again 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!"

Well, now truly irritated that this little guy didn't seem to appreciate his playing ability, Stevie said to him from the stage, "OK, mister, you get up here and do it!"

The little old man climbed up onto the stage, took hold of the mike, and sang, "A jazz chord, to say I ruv you!"

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