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Peter Guidi in his own Write

Edited by his good friend Ken Wilkie, this book is the collection of stories you have heard Peter Guidi tell, at the bar after the gigs. You can hear his voice on every page.

LUCK IN LUCCA

The drink that changed my life

I arrived in Milan not knowing anybody with just 40,000 lire in my pocket and my saxophone. Forty thousand lire may sound like a lot of money but the fact that a simple pizza cost 400 lire gives an indication of how quickly that amount of money could last you.

Once I had found a cheap guesthouse, it hit me that if I was going to survive in the city I had to get street-wise fast. I needed some inside information. The only reference I had was what the agent in Lucca had told me: ‘Go to Bar Plinio behind the Galleria del Corso. That’s where the musicians hang out and tell the owner, Plinius, that I sent you.’

I found the bar which was situated in the center of the city near the right -hand exit of the Galleria. I went in and introduced myself to the owner. Plinius immediately told me some harsh truths I didn’t want to hear. ‘You’re too late; all the bands have already formed for the summer season. You should have been here two months ago,’ he said.

Notwithstanding the unwelcome news, I had no choice but to go there every day hoping that something would turn up. During this time I got to know and like Plinius, a big, soft-spoken, philosophical fellow, who took me under his wing. He told me where I could find a cheaper guesthouse in the outskirts of town and where I could get the best pizza for the least money.

Sometimes he would look at my skinny frame, shake his head and give me a free briosche with my morning cappuccino. But despite having found a cheaper guesthouse and Plinius’s generosity, my money soon ran out.

A week later I found myself sitting in the bar almost completely broke. I had just enough money left for either a bus ticket back to the guesthouse or one last beer. Although it was late in the evening and an hour’s walk to the guesthouse, I decided to go for a last beer. ‘What the hell,’ I thought.

A few minutes after I started my glass of Nastro Azzuro, the door opened and three guys walked in. Two were around my age with long hair and dressed in t-shirts and jeans. The third was older, in his mid-thirties, dressed sharp in the latest fashion.

‘Ciao Nando’, said Plinio to the older of the three, ‘Long time no see. How are things going for you this summer?’

‘Fine,’ replied Nando, ‘I have work in clubs for the whole summer season. Up and down the Adriatic coast: Milano Marittima, Rimini, Riccione.’

‘Great. Sounds like you’ve got it all sewn up,’ commented Plinius.

‘But I have one big problem’, continued Nando, ‘I can’t find a saxophone player.’

 I slowly turned around and put my hand up in the air. Before I could say a word Plinius laughed and said, ‘Peter here is a saxophone player. He’s been coming in here every day for a week looking for work.’

Nando, who turned out to be the bandleader, beamed and shaking my hand introduced me to the other musicians, bassist Sergio Caiazzo and pianist Renato Costarella. Without asking any questions he immediately offered me the job. The following day I moved into the guesthouse where they were staying and shared a room with the pianist at no expense.

That same week we started rehearsing in a rented basement. From being down to my last cent I suddenly found myself with paid lodgings and three months’ work on the Adriatic to look forward to.

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Joke of the day

A famous saxophone player, renowned for being an excessive drinker was astonishing the audience by taking extended solos on difficult tunes although he was clearly highly intoxicated. At the end of a particularly long solo on ‘Cherokee’, taken at a break-neck tempo, an incredulous admirer came to the side of the stage. ‘Man, how can you play so good when your drunk?’, he asked in amazement.
‘I practise drunk,’ came the reply.

PS; this tenor saxophone is for sale

Instrumenten Peter Guidi in de verkoop

Op het einde van zijn leven heeft Peter reeds een aantal instrumenten weggegeven. Zijn erfgenamen hebben besloten de overgebleven fluiten en saxen te verkopen, en de opbrengst aan de Peter Guidi Foundation te schenken. Een uitzondering geldt voor de bas-fluit. Die blijft ter beschikking van de Foundation voor toekomstige projecten.
Alle instrumenten behalve de Sankyo fluit zijn in onderhoud geweest bij Remy Veerman (Charlie’s Muziek) en verkeren in uitstekende staat.

At the end of his life, Peter has given a few instruments to his friends and students. The remaining instruments will be sold. The heirs have decided to sell the instruments, and donate the revenues to the Peter Guidi Foundation. The bass-flute is not for sale, it will be used in special projects an can be given in loan. All instruments are in good or excellent shape and have been regularly maintained by Remy Veerman (Charlie’s Muziek).

Sopraan saxofoon Yamaha 475 . Taxatiewaarde €1.250,-

Tenor saxofoon King Zephyr. Gelakt, gelakte kleppen. Licht onderhoud nodig. In deze staat is de taxatiewaarde €1.500,-

Altfluit Gebrüder Mönnig. Een bijzondere, voor Peter customized fluit. Twee verschillend klinkende kopstukken, 1 zilver en 1 verzilverd. Er is geen vergelijkingsmateriaal, dus een taxatiewaarde is moeilijk te geven.

C Fluit Sankyo
De fluit heeft wat licht onderhoud nodig t.w.v. € 200.
Taxatiewaarde is € 3.500-€ 4.000,

Meer informatie op aanvraag. Heeft u interesse, neem dan voor 15 januari contact op met info@Peterguidifoundation.com

If you are interested in one of the instruments, please contact info@peterguidifoundation.com before 15-01-2020

Biography

Peter Guidi (1949-2018) was a jazz musician whose main instruments were flute, alto and bass flute, alto and soprano saxophones. But his most important achievement and legacy will always be his role as teacher and conductor of various big bands in the Muziekschool Amsterdam.

“Jazz is fun, but serious fun”, was his motto.

Born in Scotland of Italian parents, Peter Guidi is a self-taught musician. He began his musical career in Italy where he went on to play with many leading jazz musicians and performed in major Jazz Festivals including Umbria Jazz Festival, the Aosta Jazz Festival, the Jazz Festival of Pescara and the Padova Porsche Jazz Festival.

After moving to Holland he has performed in many national jazz festivals including several appearances at the North Sea Jazz Festival with both his quartet and big bands. He became head of the jazz department of the Muziekschool Amsterdam where he lead several ensembles and big band workshops for students of all ages, beginning with students as young as nine years of age. These bands include the Jazz Kidz, Jazz Juniors, Jazz Generation, Junior Jazz Unlimited, Jazz Focus Big Band, and Jazz Mania Big Band. He also was co-founder of the Junior Jazz College, a collaboration between the Muziekschool Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Jazz Conservatory. Since the Jazz Department began in 1988 his bands have won a total of 83 prizes in national and international competitions.

Peter Guidi is author of a two volume flute teaching method: ‘The Jazz Flute’.

In 2008 Peter Guidi co-founded the first edition of the Netherland National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NJJO) which has become as established bi-annual event. 

In 2010 Peter Guidi was awarded a Dutch Knighthood for his pioneering work in jazz education in the Netherlands.

In 2018, Peter was diagnosed with the rare disease Creutzfeld-Jakob. He died on the 17th of April. Only 3 days before, his students had brought him a farewell serenade under his window.