Thu, 1 Aug 2002 08:31:13 -0700
Energy is a relative thing. The energy test should be made with the eyes
closed and the ears listening.
I remember Ray Bauduc with the Jack Teagarden sextet. He was chewing gum
and looked lazily around at the audience in the small club while he
hammered out a solo which lifted me 10 feet off the ground.
I remember watching and listening to the Duke Ellington orchestra. Johnny
Hodges was seated and looked relaxed with his eyes closed as he played a
Jazz and energy is defined by Duke's tune: "It Don't Mean A Thing If It
Ain't Got That Swing".
From: Margaret Squires [SMTP:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2002 1:38 PM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] ENERGY
A year ago I saw a group at a small OKOM festival. I had seen most of
those musicians playing in other bands and they were wonderful. But not
this day. I saw/listened to one tune and left. They had no energy at
all. The front line sat in chairs. Even the front man when he was
talking to the audience just sat their, slouched in his chair.
I was apprehensive about them playing at our local jazz club's meeting
two weeks ago. However, it was like a different band showed up. The
front line stood on stage. Their music had energy. And the musicians
The musicians were the same at both gigs.
Just sharing my observation.
(newly "elected") Music Director
Modesto Dixieland Jazz Society