|Duke Ellington: band is still working even though he's dead|
A drummer and friend of mine named Jeremy Blynn used to do this hilarious bit called the "Norman Granz All-Stars", which was a fictional band consisting of Tito Puente, James Brown, Miles Davis, and Frank Sinatra. He would basically go back and forth between spot-on vocal impressions of all four
Sometimes, if I am completely bored, I'll make up all star bands that never existed, bands that would be very unlikely to exist. It's fun, yields some interesting results, and can distract me from the pain of sitting in coach on most airlines nowadays. It's kind of like playing Mad Libs: it's a sort of random creativity that makes you chuckle a bit. And don't try to read into any of these; it's only based on randomness and the strangeness of the combinations, and has nothing to do with my personal opinions regarding any of the named musicians. Have you every tried this? I wonder if anyone would pay to see any of these bands? Feel free to submit your own creations....
The Hank Jones Trio featuring Geddy Lee on bass and Sheila E on drums
The Branford Marsalis Quartet featuring Elton John on Piano, Paul McCartney on Bass, and Max Weinberg on drums
The Hiromi Trio featuring Oscar Pettiford on Bass and Gene Krupa on drums
Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers featuring Chet Baker on trumpet, Kenny G on alto saxophone, Yanni on piano, and Victor Wooten on bass
The Brad Mehldau Trio featuring Gene Simmons on Bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums
The Miles Davis Quintet featuring John Zorn on alto sax, Tori Amos on piano, Sting on bass and Tommy Lee on Drums
Return To Forever featuring Chick Corea on keyboards, Stanley Clarke on bass, Lenny White on drums, and Steve Turre on trombone
The Wynton Marsalis Septet featuring Gato Babieri on tenor saxophone, Albert Mangelsdorff on trombone, George Howard on alto saxophone, Bobby Short on piano, Verdine White on bass, and Phil Collins on drums
The Dave Brubeck Quartet featuring Steve Coleman on alto sax, Henry Grimes on bass, and Lars Ulrich on drums
The Ahmad Jamal Trio featuring Billy Cox on bass and Meg White(from the White Stripes)on drums.
The Wu Tang Clan featuring Method Man, The Rza, the Gza, Ghost Face Killa, Old Dirty Bastard, Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar and Marian McPartland on Piano......
Now if you didn't crack a smile after any of that nonsense, then this might at least make you smile.....