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This Guy Is Really Picky About Jazz

January 8th, 2010

Some guy called the cops on saxophonist Larry Ochs at the Sigüenza Jazz festival because he thought Ochs’ music wasn’t jazz.

Jazzman Larry Ochs has seen many things during 40 years playing his saxophone around the world but, until this week, nobody had ever called the police on him.

That changed on Monday night however, when’s Spain’s pistol-carrying Civil Guard police force descended on the Sigüenza Jazz festival to investigate allegations that Ochs’s music was not, well, jazz.

Police decided to investigate after an angry jazz buff complained that the Larry Ochs Sax and Drumming Core group was on the wrong side of a line dividing jazz from contemporary music.

The jazz purist claimed his doctor had warned it was “psychologically inadvisable” for him to listen to anything that could be mistaken for mere contemporary music.

I don’t know who registered the complaint but he’s got bigger problems than an aversion to contemporary music – such as being a total douchebag.

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