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Sesame Street
Open stage night at Birdland
Air date March 14, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Mark Saltzman
Directed by Jon Stone
Production December 18, 1990
Sponsors E, I, 4

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Before Birdland opens, Hoots the Owl explains that tonight is "Open Stage Night," where anyone can get their chance to perform on the Birdland stage. A man named Forest Wimbeldon (Branford Marsalis) enters looking for Hoots, wishing to play jazz tonight. Hoots sees how un-jazzy his saxophone playing is by having Forest "bounce back" the rhythms he plays; while Hoots' licks have flair, Forest's music is more simple and lacks emotion. The two start practicing jazz together.
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SCENE 2 While Hoots rehearses with the band (the Owl Stars), Forest shows off the riff he's been practicing. Hoots explains that he should learn how to "speak" jazz as well, explaining how different phrases can mean other things. Forest becomes confused, taking terms like "you dig," "jam," and "straight up" too literally. Hoots explains why not everybody he calls "cat" is a cat (unless they're a member of the band), and has Forest practice with the band.
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SCENE 3 Forest meets Jelani, who's sweeping up the club. Jelani recommends that Forest should put more emotion into his music, and demonstrates how he physically shows his happy, sad, and angry feelings. Forest is able to relate, and successfully translates the emotions into his saxophone. He thanks Jelani with some "sweeping up Birdland music."
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SCENE 5 Hoots introduces Forest, and the two perform "Listen and Bounce it Back."
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SCENE 6 Jelani announces the sponsors as Hoots, Forest and the band play the closing theme.

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