[Dixielandjazz] Jazz, a form of barbarism?

Stephen Barbone barbonestreet@earthlink.net
Thu, 20 Jun 2002 09:38:34 -0400

Charlie Hooks wrote (polite snip) about a learned man's (?), one Richard
Weaver, Ph.D., from the University of Chicago, opinion of jazz circa

"and it is only natural that the chief devotees of jazz should be the
primitive, the young, and those persons, fairly numerous, it would seem,
who take pleasure in the thought of bringing down our civilization.
The fact that the subjects of jazz, insofar as it may be
said to have subjects, are grossly sexual or farcical--subjects of love
without aesthetic distance and subjects of comedy without law of
proportion--shows how the soul of modern man craves orgiastic disorder.
And it is admitted that what man expresses in music dear to him he will
most certainly express in his social practices."

I guess he never heard Don Ingle and Jim Beebe at Jazz Ltd.

Smile all you DJMLers, those young people he was talking about in 1948,
are you old folks now in 2002. Do you still crave orgiastic disorder?
Is that why you go to festivals?  ;-)

Steve Barbone