[Dixielandjazz] Fwd: The "PRESENTATION" of Jazz

Dan Augustine ds.augustine@mail.utexas.edu
Mon, 23 Sep 2002 10:36:09 -0500

    Speaking of 'presentation', how much explanation should we be giving the audience before (or after) each number?  Seems like it would be a good idea to let them know a little of the history or interesting details of each song, along with perhaps the kind of dixieland-style it's being played in (New Orleans/West Coast/etc), without being condescending about either type of comment.  It's also a good idea NOT to jump right into the next tune, as the brass players (especially the cornet) need time for their lips to rest a little before the next tune.
    But how much should one say, what should one say, and how many minutes should it take?  I realize these depend on the kind of show also, and the attention-span of the audience, but what do most of you guys do?

>From: Stephen Barbone <barbonestreet@earthlink.net>
>Subject: [Dixielandjazz] The "PRESENTATION" of Jazz
>Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 11:14:23 -0400
>List mates;
>Read not so much for the music review, but for the way this man presents
>jazz. The first 3 paragraphs are a good lesson of how it should be, but
>seldom is, done.
>Cheers, Steve Barone

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