[Dixielandjazz] Jazz Must Die!

Patrick Cooke patcooke@cox.net
Mon, 12 Aug 2002 18:53:15 -0500

I've been hearing since 1950 that dixieland was dying!
I don't remember any jazz festivals going on back then....Now you can attend
a festival just about every weekend if you can afford it.
     Today, over a half century after that ominous prediction, jazz is more
popular than ever.  Large numbers of people spend an average of $1,000 each
to travel to and attend a jazz festival several times a year...and most of
them are OKOM festivals!.
       If you're bemoaning the fact that most guys can't make a full time
living as a musician........................practice!  There are guys who do
it...it is possible, but you have to be willing to go out and sell it,
travel if necessary, and do what it takes to be successful.  Most guys with
families aren't willing to do that and/or can make more money at another job
and won't make the sacrifices necessary.  There is simply not enough
business to employ every guy who thinks he is qualified to be a full time
musician...but, the cream rises to the top.
         I'm so fussy now about what jobs I take, I wouldn't make it today
as a full timer.  I'm not willing to do what I did 40 years ago.  I don't
want to work later than midnight...I prefer 11 PM.  I don't want to work
over 3 hours. I'm fussy about who I play with...If I don't think I will
enjoy the gig, I really don't want to work it.  I'm sure there are many more
out there with their own list of limits.
          Pat Cooke

----- Original Message -----
From: "Vilcad (Ron Gable)" <vilcad@earthlink.net>
To: "dixielandjazz mail address" <dixielandjazz@ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Monday, August 12, 2002 5:35 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Jazz Must Die!

> Listmates,
> It's not about OKOM, but the causes and struggles are the same and besides
> shouldn't all jazz pull together rather than bickering among ourselves as
> the ship goes down?
> Don Henke, jazz writer for the Dayton Daily News, sent me this link you
> should read at:
> http://www.citybeat.com/2002-07-25/cover.shtml
> It's about a recent jazz festival in Cincinnati, Ohio.
> Some may have a problem, the file is large.
> Thanks for all that jazz,
> Ron & Rosemary Gable
> Jazz Advocates
> 10790 W. National Road
> Brookville, Ohio 45309
> (937) 833-4053
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> rongable@jazzadvocate.com
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