A full Orchestra Hall house awaited the appearance last Wednesday of Herbie Hancock (pictured) and his all-star jazz line-up of trumpeter Roy Hargrove, bassist Jon Patitucci, drummer Brian Blade and saxophonist Michael Brecker. Trouble was, the lady who so sweetly introduced this heavyweight quintet told the throng that the esteemed sax man was John Brecker. Many in the gallery gasped. Once the ovation subsided, the ageless Herbie grabbed a microphone, shook his head and groused with streetwise mirth, “She didn’t say John Brecker, did she? That can’t be. It was a typo.” The unit ripped off a few numbers arranged in tribute to the 75th anniversaries of the births of John Coltrane and Miles Davis before Herbie delivered a stirring monologue about the role that Coltrane and Davis played in shaping our music and culture. But he prefaced those remarks with, “She didn’t say John Brecker, did she?” For his part, the professorial Brecker seemed amused, and the misinformation did nothing to prevent the combo from transporting us mere mortals to the cosmos.Metro Times editor Jeremy Voas contributed to The Hot & the Bothered, which is edited by George Tysh. E-mail him at [email protected]
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at [email protected].
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.
Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.