|Pete Gemski with new 'weapon'.|
After retiring as Chief of the Department of Molecular Pathology at Walter Reed, he and wife Lenny moved to New Hampshire where he performed and expanded his "arsenal of brass weapons" to euphonium, baritone horn, valve trombone and bass trumpet. The Gemski's became St. Augustine residents in 2005. In 2012 The Lighthouse Little Big Band put out their
|The Lighthouse Little Big Band|
At 77 years young, Pete's 'bucket list' is to play all the brass instruments. He's currently learning the Bb tuba, with thoughts of forming a Dixieland group in the future. Below is his very entertaining anecdote about an encounter between two trumpet players...
Jon Faddis Quartet at The Wolf Trap, D.C. Area November 24, 1989
(Renee Rosnes - piano, Louis Nash - drums, ????? - Bass (sorry, I can't remember----too many high notes played as I age as a trumpet player)
As is typical of Jon Faddis, he paid homage to Louis Armstrong by performing (ala Satchmo) "West End Blues" at the end of the set. A standing ovation from the
audience was almost universal. Faddis responded with a big grin and shared the moment with his group that also caught the essence of Satchmo's style in their playing.
As Faddis walked off the stage, he stopped, turned to the audience and said "How about this?" He then did Harry James' version of "Ciribiribin" for a few measures, this time having the style and sound associated with Harry James. Someone in the audience requested his version of Wynton---he smiled, took a proper concert posture and played several measures of the Hayden Trumpet Concerto as recorded at one time by Wynton---then gave it a Faddis touch by repeating the same measures octaves above. He then continued interacting with the audience saying "Ready for Miles?"---walked off the stage, returned wearing a borrowed long coat, turned his back to audience, stooped over with the horn pointing at the floor and started
|L-R: Lewis Nash, Bill Charlap, Jon Faddis & |
Renee Rosnes - from reneerosnes.coml
Thanks, Pete, for a very fun concert story and for insight into the congeniality and good humor of a world-class star! - PCJ