Chetspeak on Sunday
“Nothing,” Bernie said. “What’s the name of the houseboat?”
Bernie put his hands on the desk, leaned back. “Little Jazz?”
“That’s what I said.”
“Named after Roy Eldridge?”
Vannah shrugged. “Never heard of him, but the Boutettes know a ton of people down in bayou country, so anything’s possible.”
Was I following this right? Vannah didn’t know Roy Eldridge? His trumpet did things to my ears, the best kind of things, especially when he played on If You Were Mine with Billie Holiday, which we blast in the Porsche just about every single day.
“Tell you what,” Bernie said. “We’ll take the case.”
Because Vannah didn’t know Roy Eldridge? Bernie was full of surprises, just one of the lovable things about him.
– from THE SOUND AND THE FURRY.
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