Paul Gonsalves had unusual sleeping habits.

Check out the videographic evidence of Paul missing his solo on “Perdido” (at the 1:00 minute mark) or sleeping during an award presentation to Alex Riel (at 1:35, Duke jokingly introduces Alex to Gonsalves, mid snooze)

Aside from an addiction to the snooze button (among other things) Paul Gonsalves was known for playing tenor in Duke Ellington’s band for 20+ years. His 27 chorus solo interlude between “Diminuendo in Blue” and “Crescendo in Blue” (transcribed by Evan Cobb here) contributed to a 1956 performance that is often credited with revitalizing the Ellington Orchestra’s popularity.

“Why did he fall asleep like that?” you might ask. Well, I’m sure is was just a good wholesome case of narcolepsy.

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