Wow. What an experience last night (this morning) was. We played a New Years party with a 1920's "Roaring 20's" theme. The place was PACKED! And everyone, I mean everyone was wearing 1920's attire. Men in tuxes with wing top shoes, women in flapper dresses. And our band played nearly the entire time from 9 pm to 1 am, with just one half hour break for two burlesque performances by two very talented women.
But the most memorable time, was during my solo through Mack the Knife, a very appreciative lady dressed in a black sequenced flapper dress with her hair coiled in golden locks started fingering trumpet valve flurries against her thumb. While I was playing my solo, I signaled to her with my index finger to come toward me. As she came toward me she kept her trumpet air solo going to where I bet over to meet her reach, then released my fingers so that her fingers could play my valves. Oh my God! I was able to direct the proper air support to make her fingerings sound to the changes the rhythm section was providing. She was ecstatic, I was mesmerized with the combined partnership producing an amazing improve, and the crowd went simply wild.
Never done ANYTHING like that before, but if any of you are looking for a REAL crowd pleaser, this is it,