Ed Taylor preparing the band for The Smooth Operators. Doug Barnett (bass) and Eugene Bien (keyboards) are behind Ed.
Paul Brown relaxes everyone after Teddy Dorch confesses that he miss-read the chart. Paul, laughed and said, "I wish I had written it that way."
The Smooth Operators Musical Director Doug Barnett enjoys getting the sound just right . . . and his bass solos are always a joy.
Ed Taylor and Greg Adams relax a little bit during rehearsal.
Fellow horn players listened to Greg Adams and compared the size of their horns to Greg's.
Comedian Ralph Porter joined the band for lunch. The buffet featured roasted carrots. That won my heart. Ralph won the hearts of the crowd at the performance that night. He did an excellent job of getting people to laugh, dancing in the aisles, and introducing each segment as the master of ceremony.
In the Green Room at the Emerald Queen Casino The Smooth Operators posed for a photo together.
Ralph Porter lossened everyone up with comments and a little dancing in the Green Room as Paul Brown tuned his Gibson Custom guitar.
Ed Taylor was first up after Ralph. It was his job to start the musical mood moving at The Emerald Queen. He did a great job.
As the audience was introduced to each of The Smooth Operators they began to appreciate both the stature of the entertainers and their abilities. Wow!
Each of the sidemen played like they had worked together for years. Ed prepared them well and the band was phenominal.
Ed gave his Gibson a chance to sing.
With such a great horn player as Greg Adams, we couldn't afford to have a so-so horn section. The four-piece horn section did a great job for all three Smooth Operators.
Paul Brown made great music and funny comments. "I spent the afternoon walking the streets of Tacoma and signing autographs . . . of course, everybody thought I was Bill Clinton."
The Smooth Operators traded solos and applause.
Paul Brown played the guitar and sang his songs. He says, "My parents always wanted me to sing more . . . they were singers."
Although they both live in the Los Angeles area, Greg and Paul don't get a chance to play together very much. They talk about recording together in the near future, however.
The concert at the Emerald Queen was not just one more show on a long tour. It was a night of new music to many people, and a chance to marvel at musical skills. The Smooth Operators enjoyed the crowd as much as the crowd enjoyed them.
The Emerald Queen Casino has a nice facility with two big screens and live on-camera operators.
After an encore of Mercy, Mercy, Mercy The Smooth Operators took their final bows. The people loved them.
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