Monday, July 13, 2009

Trigger Alpert, Glenn Miller's Bass Player, Interview

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Here is another great article about a Florida Jazz great....

Ponte Vedra man helped put the swing into the Glenn Miller Orchestra
Seven decades later, Bass player Trigger Alpert reflects on time with band
By Matt Soergel
Story updated at 12:08 PM on Sunday, Jul. 12, 2009

"As the Glenn Miller Orchestra romps through "Chattanooga Choo Choo" in the movie "Sun Valley Serenade," it's clear there's one musician who's having way more fun than the rest. That's Trigger Alpert, the dark-haired kid in the ski sweater, shoulders bopping as he slaps the bejeezus out of his stand-up bass, right leg pumping to the beat, mouth open at the sheer "ain't this amazing?" joy of being at this place, playing this song, at this time.

It's 1941, and Trigger Alpert is swinging. Just swinging, laying down the bass beat that keeps this "Choo Choo" chugging.

Almost seven decades later, he sits under a framed photo in which he's wearing a big grin - and that same ski sweater. It's a signed publicity shot, and he's clowning around with Miller, whose writing, though faded, can still be read: "Hello Mom. How do you like the stars of Sun Valley? GM.""

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