I wasn’t expecting that . . .

A guy in his late 70s got on the bus in front of me, and as I was about to sit behind him, he said; ‘I like the Pork Pie Hat!’

I said thanks and we chatted for a while about hats; Trilbies, changing hat habits, The Hat museum etc, and as the conversation was starting to slow down he suddenly said; ‘and of course there was Lester Young!’ A little surprised, we then launched into jazz chat. ‘My favourite version of Goodbye Porkpie Hat is John McLaughlin on acoustic guitar.’ I offered ‘Great guitar player,’ he added and continued ‘I really like John Schofield’ the conversation continued.

Me: I saw him in Manchester years ago at

Him:… Band on the wall. Me too!

We were in full swing by this stage (no pun intended) – we discussed McLaughlin, and Miles and the recording In a Silent Way and then moved on to local music – Phil Chapman, Kenny Shaw, Ritchie Close and then discovered that we both used to go to the Midland in Didsbury(now the Metropolitan) to hear Loose Change on Sunday lunchtimes!

There’s no reason for me to have expected him to be a music fan or not – but it was cool chatting to him. Nice.

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