Stevie Wonder, and all that "jazz"


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Stevie Wonder was playing his first gig in China, and the place was packed to the rafters. In a bid to break the ice, Stevie asked if anyone had a request.

One chap jumped out of his seat in the first row and shouted at the top of his voice "Play a jazz chord ... Play a jazz chord!"

Amazed that this guy knew about the jazz influences in his career, the blind impresario started to play an E minor scale and then went into a difficult jazz melody for about 10 minutes. When he finished, the whole place went wild.

The chap jumped out of his seat again and shouted, "No, no, play a jazz chord, play a jazz chord..."

A bit cheesed off by this, Stevie, being the professional he is, dove straight in to a jazz improvisation with his band around the B flat minor chord and really tore the place apart. And the crowd went ballistic with this impromptu show of his musical expertise.

But, still the little Chinese man jumped up again and shouted, "No, no. Play a jazz chord, play a jazz chord!!!". Stevie was really ticked off now that this chap didn't seem to appreciate his playing ability and shouted to him from the stage -

"OK smartie, you get up here and do it."

The little bloke climbed onto the stage, took hold of the mike and started to sing ... "a jazz chord to say, I ruv you..."
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