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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000090.txt from 2004/10

From: Audrey Travis <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Movie about fictional clarinet player
Date: Tue, 5 Oct 2004 09:56:42 -0400

Steve Allen.

dnleeson wrote:

> You are right about the actor needing to look convincing when
> playing the clarinet. One of the most awful things about "The
> Benny Goodman Story" (besides the stupidity of the movie itself)
> was the clarinet playing of the actor emulating Goodman, whose
> name escapes me. He had no idea what to do. The only thing he
> did correctly was to have the left hand on top and the right hand
> below it. Same thing is true with trumpet players. The actor
> will often press the third valve under the impression that this
> is a fingering for something.
> Dan Leeson
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lelia Loban []
> Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 2004 6:33 AM
> To:
> Subject: [kl] Movie about fictional clarinet player
> Today's Balticon Newsletter (an irregularly published e-mail
> letter to
> people who attend Balticon, an annual science fiction convention
> in
> Baltimore, Maryland) includes this item:
> >Tananarive Due's fantasy novel "My Soul to Keep"
> >has been Greenlighted by Fox Searchlight Pictures
> >with full funding. Blair Underwood will be the Producer
> >and star. Rick Samuyiwa will be the director and he is
> >preparing a full draft of the script at this time. Principle
> >photography has not been scheduled. Tananarive Due
> >will be one of the Guests of Honor at Balticon 39 in 2005.
> Since the movie is still in pre-production, the mathematical odds
> are
> strongly against it getting produced, let alone released; but the
> item
> reminds me that the hero of "My Soul to Keep" is a vampire who's
> a
> professional jazz clarinet player. When this novel was first
> published, I
> gave it a highly favorable review in a small press journal: "No
> Good
> Monsters," Necrofile #28, Spring 1998, p. 18 -- although I did
> have to
> point out that some of the technical information about clarinets
> is bogus,
> alas. (The title of the review is a double entendre, related to
> a
> quotation from the book.) Does anybody know whether Blair
> Underwood plays
> the clarinet? A real pro probably would play on the soundtrack,
> but it
> makes a big difference in a movie about a musician if the star
> plays well
> enough to look convincing instead of ridiculous.
> Lelia Loban
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