A Personal MacVouty Memory - Jim Calvagna
As to Slim what can I say.
It was back in 1952 I was taking a date to Birdland. Usually when I went there I sat in the bleachers over by the bar where there were no tables etc. (i.e. the low rent district ) which Slim affectionately called Wino Junction. Since I had a date, I had to show off and sit at one of the tables on the expensive side (there was a $3.00 minimum per person).
As we came in Slim was playing, when he spotted us he played the first few notes of "Here comes the bride'" and nodded his head yes. I shook my head no. This was repeated several times.
When the tune finished, Slim announced:
" We would like to dedicate this next number to our newlyweds here spending their honeymoon at Birdland. What a drag! If that was me I'd go somewhere and lock the vouty and throw the reeney away."
A few years later we were married, we still are, but we will always remember Slim's dedication.
A few days later I was walking up Broadway and here came Slim the other way.
As he neared me I said:"Mac Vouty!!"
Without missing a beat he responded: "O rissimo reeny!"
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