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 February 09, 2016
“What’s the difference between a jet airplane and a trumpet?"/"About three decibels.”

Trumpet playing can be loud, and a popular joke is:

Q: What’s the difference between a jet airplane and a trumpet?
A: About three decibels.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 2000.


Google Groups: alt.music.makers.soloact
My friends set these along
Beej&John
10/2/00
(...)
Q: What’s the difference between a jet airplane and a trumpet?
A: About three decibels.

Google Groups: rec.music.makers.guitar.jazz
more musician jokes
Kevin Van Sant
1/15/01
(...)
Q: What’s the difference between a jet airplane and a trumpet?
A: About three decibels.

Google Groups: rec.arts.marching.drumcorps
OT: Music Humor
DDay
3/15/01
(...)
Q: What’s the difference between a jet airplane and a trumpet?
A: About three decibels.

Twitter
LaurenJeanie Simpson
‏@LaurenJeanieS
What’s the difference between a jet airplane and a trumpet?
About three decibels.  Me: nah its less than that :D even with a st mute
5:31 PM - 1 Jan 2010

Twitter
MusicianHumor
‏@JokesBoutMusic
Q: What’s the difference between a jet airplane and a trumpet?
A: About three decibels.
3:38 AM - 18 Jan 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • Tuesday, February 09, 2016 • Permalink