US jazz musician hits wrong note in Spain

10th December 2009, Comments 0 comments

A spectator accused US jazz saxophonist and composer Lary Ochs of not playing jazz during a concert.

Madrid – US jazz saxophonist and composer Lary Ochs says he has "seen it all" after a spectator disrupted a concert in Spain by accusing him of not playing jazz -- and was backed by a policeman on duty.

The 60-year-old was performing with his band Larry Ochs & Drimming Core in the central town of Siguenza on Monday when the spectator got up and said they were performing "contemporary music" and not jazz, daily newspaper El Pais reported.

A policeman at the scene joined in the ensuing debate and concluded Och's performance "was not jazz," it added.

"I thought I had seen it all. Obviously he is mistaken. At least I will have something to tell my grandchildren," Ochs told the newspaper.

Ochs is a specialist in "free jazz", an approach to the music genre that seeks to alter its conventions.

AFP / Expatica


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