This may surprise you, but I played with the jazz great Les McCann.

I didn’t play music with him, though. 

I played tennis.

So when I heard that he died late last year, I dug out this recording where I tell the story to Dave Drexler, the great DJ from my favorite Jazz Station, KSDS in San Diego. 

May we all take McCann’s most famous lyrics to heart, and try to make it real.

Les McCann plays piano.
Les McCann at Keystone Korner, San Francisco CA 7/22/80 with Eddie Harris © Brian McMillen