and sounded terrible

Then he turned to the trombone. ‘What do you have that nobody else has?’
‘The slide,’ the boy said.
‘That’s right. In jazz, you always hold up the thing that makes you different from other
people. Be proud of being you. You play a low instrument. The lower you go, the slower
the rhythms get. So I want you to play this kind of part.’ And he sang the part. ‘Every now
and then, rrrhhhhhrrrraawwmmmp, I want you to slide up up, rip up, to a note. Tear it up.’
The tuba, drums, and trombone started playing together and sounded terrible. But Mr
Barker said, “That’s jazz music!’



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