LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

For many of us, summertime means enjoying outdoor fun, like heading to a ball game, for instance.

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WERTHEIMER: Summer is also a great season for street musicians to show off their talents, like Scott Summers from Milwaukee. We meet him in our continuing Music Alfresco series.

SCOTT SUMMERS: My favorite location is Miller Park, bar none. I mean, go Brewers.

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SUMMERS: I got certain fans, you know, like, season ticket holders who always park - a lot of people park at the north lot just so they can walk through the tunnel where I'm at. And I found that very humbling. And I was - I didn't think that they paid that much attention, but then people would walk by and say, no, we park in this lot just so we can hear you play.

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SUMMERS: I get requests for a lot of television themes, like "The Pink Panther." Do "Sanford and Son." Can you do "The Simpsons?" And I have to know all of those as well.

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SUMMERS: Right now, I can play and, you know, convey feelings to people and I can, like, be the soundtrack to what they're doing. Like, when people are walking by and I see busy city life, I, like, play music to keep people feeling good.

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SUMMERS: Like, I don't take it for granted. I really like the ability to be able to, you know, influence people to make their day better.

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SUMMERS: You're right there with people appreciating what you do. And I find the intimacy and the romance between the music and listener that much more, you know, perfect.

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SUMMERS: Last November, it was snowing pretty bad and I have four kids. And I found out that they needed coats for the winter. And this is Milwaukee. Wisconsin winters don't play. I didn't have enough money and I knew they needed coats to go back to school with. So, I sold my saxophone. And I always go to the Uptowner Bar - that's my favorite bar down on Center Street. And normally I come in and play, but then Steve noticed I didn't have my saxophone. I was, like, really down about it. And he says where's your horn? And I tell him I had to sell it to buy my kids' coats. And he's like, well, I happen to have a saxophone down in the basement. If you get the pads fixed on it, you know, 'cause you're supposed to have a horn in your hand.

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WERTHEIMER: Scott Summers playing his saxophone in the streets of Milwaukee. This is NPR News.

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