Chance in Washington Square Park
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Chance in Washington Square Park

The sounds and thoughts of a street performer in the park.

Chance in Washington Square Park
Christofer Gass

With only a $1 coin in our pockets to give, as my wife and I walked around Washington Square Park we listened and observed looking to see who to give our money to. Noting two individuals, we decided to rest it on fate by the flip of our Sacajawea dollar. The coin landed on tails, which was devoted to a saxophone player playing in front of Giovanni Turini's 1888 bronze sculpture of Giuseppe Garibaldi. We listened to the saxophone player and then asked him a few questions after dropping our coin in his case.

The following are a few questions and answers from the interview:

Christofer: "What instrument are you playing?"

Saxophonist: "Tenor Sax."

C: "How long have you been playing?"

S: "About 30 years."

C: "Where do you like to play?"

S: "I have routines that I go to, like Wall Street, Washington Square Park, Montegue, spots in Jersey City, spots in Newark."

C: "Is there a place that you play that invokes a particular feeling you don't get on a regular basis?"

S: "Wall Street."

C: "Why Wall Street?"

S: "Because it gives me something that other places don't give me. I've gained more friends on Wall Street than I have gained anywhere else, artist communities, and ironically the second places are Montegue and Clinton, right off Court Street.

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