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Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Only in New York

Wow. That's all I can say. I'm in the park watching these two guys play guitar. I learn that the person on the left is a harmonica player. I love blues harmonica, so I volunteer a couple of big names - he says he knows them.
Someone pulls me aside and says "Can I give you a tip about this guy"? I say sure. He also knows harmonica players and says this guy is famous. Now coming from someone in the park I do not know, I take this with a grain of salt. My informant tells me he is probably one of the 2 best players on the planet. He says he has played with the likes of Barbra Streisand. He doesn't look like Barbra Streisand material to me. But I have met many successful individuals in NYC who do not look the part, especially in casual attire. Plus he is a musician and this is New York.
I get his card and introduce myself. His name is Will Galison. So this morning I do an online search. I find this man is much more accomplished than I ever imagined. Everything my informant said is true and more. This man has a several page entry in wikipedia. He has worked with a range of musicians including Carly Simon, Sting, Chaka Khan and Astrud Gilberto. He has also recorded soundtracks for Academy Award nominated films. He can be heard on a Sesame Street theme. He has performed at various New York City venues including The Village Gate, The Blue Note and the Lone Star Cafe with jazz musicians Jaco Pastorius and Jaki Byard. He has worked on Saturday Night Live. See his website here.
At one point he tried his hand at the lap steel guitar which he had never played before - undaunted, he appeared to pick it up with ease. Easy for natural and someone trained at the Berklee School of Music.
And there he was, with four of us as audience. No one anywhere around suspecting. Only in New York ...


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