Ok folxs, we all hear about the MF's, Wynton's, Phil Smith, MANNY LAEURANO'S ( , hi Manny) and other great players. But how about tellin' us about your local legends. Maybe the guy who's been sittin' on the corner the past twenty yrs playing an old banjo and puttin' a smile on passerby's faces? Here in good ol' Lubbock, TX there is a trumpet player by the name of Grady Alberts. He's in his late 40's and is a counselor at a local school. Every Thursday nite he plays with a lil jazz combo (rhythmn section and himself) and just play down charts. Sometimes they'll have fun and make up songs like their version of "The Girl with Emphasyma *cough, cough*" (based on The Girl from Inpanema). Though he's may lack in taste of clothes, he surely makes up from the music comin' from that bell and head of his. His improv ideas are amazing. I can go in there and order dinner, being all fustrated and mad with life, and listen to them play. In less than a minute I'm enjoying myself, thinkin' about how great life is. His technique is amazing and his sound on flugel will melt your heart. A great guy, if anyone ever comes down here, stop by Jazz Restuarant and listen to them on Thursday nite 9 - close. Thxs for listening. Next?!