Re: [Harp-L] Don Les

I too was uncomfortable with the way Brody (or was it Buster; I never did quite get that straight) was being pushed. I remember his mother producing a press kit at a moment's notice at 3AM on Beale Street. The kid himself looked sullen, like he was performing unwillingly on command. There was considerable discussion of this at the time on harp-l; you can probably find it by plowing the archives.
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      From: Joseph Leone <3n037@xxxxxxxxxxx>
 To: Michael Rubin <michaelrubinharmonica@xxxxxxxxx> 
Cc: "harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx harp-l" <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
 Sent: Sunday, April 17, 2016 11:34 AM
 Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Don Les
I agree, and to be fair Penzoldt was 12 1/2 while Buster had just turned 9. So I do feel that he needed a bit more work. Not that I was that good when I was that tender age. I started (btw on chromatic) at 12 1/2, and nowhere near these kids. I also agree that support is nice..but it shouldn't be over done. I myself could never play around my parents. They didn't like noise. So, it all depends on your environment. 

But what 'I' found distressing was that the Brody family was at our table and all everyone kept saying was how good he was. Frankly I regard this as injurious. If you pump up a youngster too much at that age, they get a superior attitude and their advancement takes the beating. So, in the words of the Frankenstein monster: "Too much gushing..bad" "Quiet support..good". :)


On Apr 17, 2016, at 2:05 PM, Michael Rubin wrote:

> I get a little frustrated when kids are judged as adults, even when adults are compared to pros. Is somebody excited about harmonicas? Great! Are they under 18? Make them feel special about it while reminding them that becoming a pro harp player isn't the only thing life is about.
> Michael Rubin
> On Sun, Apr 17, 2016 at 12:53 PM, Joseph Leone <3n037@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I don't think so. I typed ewe because the letters are right next to each other. His name is Uwe. And about 2009 there was a bit written about him on Adam Gussow's famous Dirty South Blues Forum.
> I believe Chris Michalek (Buddha) gave him some kudos ..while capping on some of the other youngsters. He mentioned Buster Brody (real name is Brody Buster). Penzoldt showed up with his dad.
> Who had a common German first name. Could have been Hans? The father was pretty good in his own right.
> I DID find a Penzoldt on you tube but his name is Hans? He appears to be the same 34 years old that Uwe would be, has the same skin tone, hair, etc. Not sure if it's the same dude?
> As for Brody Buster, he did a shot at one (or more?) B.B. King clubs.
> As I recall, both Buster and Penzoldt were at the 1994 Memphis spah. Buster played with Musselwhite and Penzoldt with Les. I could have it wrong as I was tied up watching Danny Welton. lol
> I always felt that Penzoldt had a lot of promise. I thought Buster need a bit more work.
> smo-joe
> On Apr 17, 2016, at 1:06 PM, Gary Lehmann wrote:
> > Maybe Hans?
> >
> >
> > On Sun, Apr 17, 2016 at 9:06 AM, Joseph Leone <3n037@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > On Apr 17, 2016, at 10:29 AM, Mick Zaklan wrote:
> >
> > > Pat, I believe, knew exactly who Don Les was. One of my enduring
> > > memories of the that fest was Don appearing to flee Pat, who was in his ear
> > > and matching him stride for stride. I think that Pat might have even had
> > > his casino card dealer work clothes on. Pat was having a ball interacting
> > > with everybody. I remember him in a hallway with some chord and bass
> > > players really cooking on a "My Babe" or "This Train" type jam. He was
> > > just eating up that chord progression.
> > >Â I think that fest was Don's last one; that he passed away before the
> > > next one. One of the sweet things was that a young kid, maybe 12 or 13
> > > years old had come from Germany with his dad.
> >
> > Ewe Penzoldt
> >
> > > Don was his idol. The kid
> > > had memorized Don's diatonic solos and wound up onstage with him. I think
> > > that had to make Don feel really good; it was like a torch was being
> > > passed. I often wonder what happened to that kid.
> > >
> > > Mick Zaklan
> >
> >

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