Stevie Wonder is playing his first gig in Tokyo and the place is
absolutely packed to the rafters. In a bid to break the ice with his new
audience he asks if anyone would like him to play a request. A little
old Japanese man jumps out of his seat in the first row and shouts at
the top of his voice "Play a Jazz chord ! Play a jazz chord!"
Stevie then goes into a difficult jazz melody for about 10 minutes. The
little old man jumps up again and shouts "No, no, play a Jazz chord,
play a Jazz chord".
Stevie dives straight into a jazz improvisation with his band around the
B flat minor chord and really tears the place apart. The crowd goes wild
with this impromptu show of his technical expertise. The little old man
jumps up again. "No, no. Play a Jazz chord, play a jazz chord".
Well and truly outraged that this little guy doesn't seem to appreciate
his playing ability, Stevie says to him from the stage "OK smart ass,
you get up here and do it!"
The little old man climbs up onto the stage, takes hold of the mike and
starts to sing........ "A jazz chord to say I ruv you...!!"