Living a long time in one place and having a history here has it nice moments. Wednesday night I was playing at Evedar’s Bistro. It was a quite night… not many patrons in this fine dining establishment. I was taking a break and my wife Marg and I were visiting with our friends Dale and Elaine Baglo who had kindly stopped by to support me. I had just sat down and in walks a strikingly handsome fellow carrying a tenor sax case. He stopped and said “Bob Nelson! I haven’t seen you for over 30 years!”
Amazingly this fellow that I had known as a teenager that came into my music store all those years ago had grown up to be one of Canada’s most famous sax players… Gene Hardy.
It turns out Elaine had invited him thinking that he might enjoy my music and that I might enjoy having him sit in for a few songs. We visited for a while… reminisced and then I asked if he would like to sit in with me.. he said “Ya… I was hoping to…”
What a treat! We played for over an hour… some old jazz standards, some R&B, some folk & some pop. After we had gone from James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain”, to The Crash Test Dummies “Superman Song” to Fran Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” to The Band’s “The Weight” he turned to me and said, “This is the strangest set list I have ever seen.” (I think he meant it in a good way.) He seemed to like the mix. I told him… “When I started doing this I made the decision that I was just going to do songs I like without regard for genre.” I’ve had a lot of positive comments about my song list since I started doing my solo act.
Dale Baglo “just happened” to have his video camera with him a got a nice video of Gene and me playing “Rainy Night in Georgia” Hope you enjoy it.