A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 04, 2018
“I saw trombone players at the park today. Couldn’t swing and kept complaining about the slide”

A trombone riddle was posted on Twitter on April 7, 2012:

Q: Why is it no fun to go the park with a trombone player?
A: They can’t swing and complain about the slide.


Forms of the “swing” and “slide” trombone joke have been cited in print since at least 1999.


Google Groups: nashville.scene
songwriters.... 
drumguru
4/3/99
(...)
How do you spot a dobro player’s kid at the park? He’s the one that won’t shut up, is all over the place, doesn’t know how to use the slide and can’t swing!

Google Groups: rec.music.makers.percussion
Break time
Jim Morgan
4/19/99
(...)
>How do you tell which kid at the park has a
>trombone player for a father?

He can slide, but he can’t swing grin

Google Groups: rec.audio.pro
over-enthusiastic trombone player
Jeff Goodman
2/18/02
Q. You know how to tell the trombone players kids at the park?
A. They can’t swing or slide.

Twitter
Gillian Bain
@TheBainOfMyLife
Why is it no fun to go the park with a trombone player?
They can’t swing and complain about the slide.
10:38 AM - 7 Apr 2012

Twitter
The Bobs
@Bobsbestofbreed
Went 2 the park w/a trombone player. No fun. He just bitched about the slide and couldn’t swing.
9:30 PM - 6 Oct 2012

Reddit—Dad Jokes
I saw a couple trombone players at the park today. (self.dadjokes)
submitted April 5, 2018 by IQ204
They couldn’t swing and they kept complaining about the slide.
COMMENTS
smartasskicker
Womp womp womp - dad trombone

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBuildings/Housing/Parks • Wednesday, April 04, 2018 • Permalink