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Continued: C.J.: Sax man Harp's always in the moment

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 31, 2013 - 4:54 PM


Q: Did you catch Miley Cyrus’ act during the VMAs? I wonder if Robin Thicke’s image could have been enhanced by him backing away from Miley when she acted inappropriately.

A: I never watch those things.


Q: Have you been to Little Rock to see your sax, which is in President Clinton’s library?

A: No. They asked me for it about a year ago.


Q: Do you always stake out the horn section of the stage so nobody knocks over your instruments?

A: Only when I set up my horns. I don’t like people around them. The guys who are setting up equipment and wires are not cognizant of what they’re doing. I try to kind of wait until they’re done. They can knock them over, and if they knock them over, it’s just really difficult to get things fixed. I generally, ask “Are you guys done in this area? Can I have it?” And once I have it, I ask them not to go back in that area. You are picking up on my persnickety stuff. [Laughs. He later told me he thought this next question was prompted by something he did. No. It was inspired by Prince’s behavior.]


Q: Should the personality quirks of genius musicians be tolerated on the same level as those of scientific savants?

A: Personality quirks are personality quirks. People need to check themselves so their quirks aren’t on a consistent, rude basis and obnoxious. Creative minds can be a little disjointed sometimes. There some allowances that you give creative people, but they should never be borderline rude or obnoxious.


Q: By whom are you star struck?

A: Umm. Interesting question. He died a few weeks ago.


Interviews are edited. C.J. can be reached at and see on Fox 9.


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