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Date: Tue, 21 May 2002 11:00:02 -0700
From: Grant Green
Subject: [CB] Page update

I've finally updated the contrabass trombone page , now full of images (and a sound file - just a low BBb on a 17th century CBTbn) thanks to Johannes



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Sarrusophones & other Contrabass Winds


Date: Tue, 21 May 2002 12:05:51 -0700
From: Grant Green
Subject: [CB] Latest "Great Wall of China" Update

For those of you who are interested in joining the Nuclear Whales in the "1,000 Saxophones on the Great Wall of China " event, here's the latest update:

Dear Friend,
Planning a little concert of 1000 Saxophones in China is fun only if you're ready to improvise and blow over unexpected changes. Fortunately, due to genetics and the aging process, I don't have much hair left to pull out. So here are the latest developments that your fearless Pod Leader is grappling with:

The culture and performing arts business in China has changed quite a bit since China was awarded the 2008 Olympics and admitted to the World Trade Organization. There is a lot of consolidation and reorganization taking place, as well as many changes in policy and procedures. Thus, with the aid of knowledgeable contacts in Beijing, I have reluctantly concluded that,
due to this giant game of musical chairs, a change of local Chinese presenting partner will likely be necessary.

However, undaunted and determined to press on in the face of this challenge, negotiations with one of China's most prestigious performing arts companies are now taking place. This presenter gained great prestige by producing the Three Tenors in the Forbidden City last June as part of China's effort to win the 2008 Olympic bid, as well as organizing a tour of Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. They are very interested in becoming the China partner to produce 1000 Saxophones on the Great Wall and aspire to connect the events with the annual Olympic celebrations that will continue each year through 2008. As such, they are proposing that the date be changed to International Olympic Day on June 23 2003. In summary, May 4 2003 is now a maybe, June 23 2003 is a stronger maybe, and it will take some more time to figure it out. I expect many of you are starting to get a better feeling of how things work in China. I urge you to enjoy the quixotic process of realizing our worthy goal, go with the flow as Whales do, and stay tuned for the next installment in the continuing saga of 1000 Saxophones on the Great Wall. To paraphrase the Great Helmsman, "A whale is not a true hero who has not climbed the Great Wall!"

Best wishes,
Don AKA Pod Leader

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