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 "Red" Press an amazing Broadway career!
Author: John J. Moses 
Date:   2010-07-16 13:36

Here's a guy that plays the Clarinet, and almost all the woodwinds, and has done it all!

Benny Goodman's Orchestra to his current long-running B'way hit, CHICAGO.

In his mid-80's, Red is still an important part of the Broadway show scene, a major Contractor, and dear friend.

We should all be so fortunate to be healthy, happy & live so long doing what we love. He's a great role model.

Red Press, "1 Musician, 100 Shows"

Légère Artist
Clark W. Fobes Artist

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 Re: "Red" Press an amazing Broadway career!
Author: Hank Lehrer 2017
Date:   2010-07-17 01:15

Hi John,

A great story. Congratulations Red!

Having worked Chicago a couple of times, I know why Red likes the show (although the quick changes between 5 woodwinds are really tough for Reed III).


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 Re: "Red" Press an amazing Broadway career!
Author: DougR 
Date:   2010-07-17 13:09

Back in the 90s, there was a production of Guys and Dolls that Red contracted the orchestra for. I remember watching the PBS special on the making of the original cast album, and there was Red, with headphones on, playing the intro to "My Time of Day" on alto. So he plays the intro, lyrically, and just dead-perfect...and then silence. After a moment everybody cracks up, and Peter Gallagher (who was supposed to sing the lyric) says "Red, you played that so beautifully I forgot to come in!"

It's a priceless moment, and once I was visiting backstage at Chicago and got to meet Red, and mentioned the clip to him. He just sort of shrugged and said, "Yeah, well, I had a good reed on that day."


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