You would think, wouldn't you, that there would be some damn fine recorder jokes around?
Drummer jokes are ten a penny in the jazz world; viola jokes reign supreme among classical fans. Given the nasty experiences most of us had at the age of five with a shrill, piping band of fellows in short trousers, the instrument's immortalisation in vicious one-liners could have been expected.
But I can't find any - not any fun enough to bear repetition anyway.
So, my advice is to forget the jokes and nip along to the Symphony Hall bar on Friday for the 5.30pm Rush Hour Blues session.
There you will find Mr John Williams leading a trio. Roy Sainsbury plays guitar, Zoltan Dekani plays bass and, although you might know him as a fine baritone saxophonist, I have it on good authority that our Mr Williams is an equally fine recorder player.
Now there are some unlikely instruments on which to play jazz. I had the misfortune to hear a jazz bassoonist not long ago and I still haven't quite fought off the recurring nightmares.
And jazz bagpipes have always lacked that certain something - good sense, probably.
But I suppose it all depends on the player. Who would have been enthusiastic about modern jazz banjo if they hadn't heard Bela Fleck?
And the jazz recorder converts have, without exception, had John Williams to set them on the road to salvation.
In fact, the baritone saxophone seems to have been something of a mid-life distraction for Williams, since he first started out on the recorder, way back in 1952 playing for BBC's Children's Hour.
It took a gig at the Pizza Express in London in 1987 alongside American saxophonist Lew Tabackin and the presentation to John of a set of recorders to revitalise that interest.
This is one of those Fridays when you need to start the evening in Birmingham, take in a quick meal and end up for the late-session at the Belgrade Theatre Grand Caf> in Coventry.
This week you'll be entertained by the wonderful guitarist John Etheridge with his Blue Spirits, a revival of the great Hammond organ trio tradition. It starts at 10.30pm and it costs £7.50 to get in. The beer's not too expensive if memory serves. More info from jazzcov.co.uk or phone 024 7655 3055.
Before all that there is action at the funkier end of the jazz spectrum (or the jazzier end of the funk spectrum for that matter) at the Jam House tonight with a visit from former Brand New Heavies and Young Disciples singer Carleen Anderson.
You can pay on the door and just take in the music and a drink, or you can book a table and make a meal of it. Tickets are £10 and the doors open at 8pm. For more information or to book a table, call 0121 200 3030.
Sunday finds veteran saxman Andy Hamilton and his Blue Notes hosting The Drum's laid-back lunchtime session. It starts at 12.30pm and there are Caribbean delights on the new restaurant menu. For more info call 0121 333 2444 or go to thedrum.org.uk. The Drum is in Potters Lane, Aston. Admission is free.
Finally, on Tuesday, the Bournville Social Club turns Kinda Dukish with the 15-piece Birmingham-based band of that name.
The band doesn't just play Ellington compositions, but uses the original arrangements by the Duke and Billy Strayhorn.
Soloists include trumpeters Tony Pipkin and Arthur Brown, trombonist Ron Hills and alto saxophonist Cormac Loane.
The A-Train arrives at 8.00pm at the Bournville Social Club, junction of Mary Vale Road and Franklin Road, Birmingham. Admission is £3. More on 0121 459 5101.
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