I got the opportunity to work with a number of the members of Toscanini’s famed NBC Symphony Orchestra, including such great musicians as David Nadien, Emanuel Vardi and Harry Lookofsky,who was concertmaster under Toscanini.
Harry was also well known as a jazz violinist who had worked extensively with Quincy Jones, Sara Vaughn and Freddie Hubbard.
Harry was also a character with a great sense of humor.
One day after a string session I noticed Harry taking off and putting away this hat he always wore to sessions. I thought,“Huh, that’s kind of strange. I wonder what’s up with that?” He wore a hat to the session and then took it off when he went out in the street.
On the next session I asked Harry about the hat and he said, “When you asked the contractor for me to play on your session today, who did you ask for? Harry Lookofsky or the guy with the hat?”
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