The Battleship U.S.S. New Jersey,
.With help from
James Flood (keyboards) I got the Captain to allocate us a stateroom
near the bridge for a ship board band. The Captain liked he idea
and gave us all the help we needed.
We played a
few gigs and were "featured" at the FanTail during boxing
tourneys. We also performed during the Crossing of the Equator event
on our way to Singapore for R&R.
a famous nautical artist, was my inspiration to great American jazz
and contemporary musicians including Aretha Franklin and Jimmy Smith
(organ). He loaned me cassettes to listen to not only for enjoyment
but to study the essence of rhythm and blues and of course jazz.
As a musician I still had much to learn especially if I'm going
to perform in a shipboard band.
As word got
out about the band, I was pleasantly surprised and excited about
the quality of the respondents both musically and personally.