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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Stevie Wonder In Japan - A Japanese Joke

Stevie Wonder is playing his first gig in Tokyo.

The place is absolutely packed to the rafters. Stevie, in a bid to break the ice with his new audience, asks if anyone would like him to play a request.

A little old Japanese man jumps out of his seat in the first row and shouts at the top of his voice:

"Play a jazz chord! Play a jazz chord!"

Amazed that this guy knows about Stevie's varied career, the blind impresario starts to play an E-minor scale and then goes into a difficult jazz melody for 10 minutes. When he finishes the whole place goes wild. The little old man jumps up again and shouts:

"No! Play a jazz chord! Play a jazz chord!"

A bit peeved by this, Stevie - being the professional that he is - dives straight into a jazz improvisation with his band around the B-flat minor chord and really tears the place apart. The crowd goes wild with this impromptu show of his technical expertise. The little old man then jumps up again:

"No! Play a jazz chord! Play a jazz chord!"

Well and truly ticked off that this little guy doesn't seem to appreciate his playing ability, Stevie says to him from the stage.

"Uh, hey, man... how about you get up here and do it?!"

To his amazement, the little old man climbs up onto the stage and grabs the microphone out of Stevie's hands. Or at least we assume he is amazed... those sunglasses are dark!

As the crowd falls silent, the little old man clears his throat and belts out:

"A jazz chord to say I ruv you!"

I make no apologies for this joke, except I am sorry to say I didn't write it.

Andrew Joseph

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