[Dixielandjazz] DIXIELAND BAND RULES
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Thu Apr 10 01:23:35 PDT 2003
Steve Barbone sent along some rules for dixieland players from his reed
playing friend, Hennig Hoehne
I thought about the issue of practical rules for OKOM players and came up
with the following:
Rules for jazz musicians -
1. Always have at least one scotch (three fingers) prior to a gig. It
loosens you up and keeps you from being too anxious while performing.
2. Remember, the order of solos always begins with the clarinet.
3. If the leader holds up two fingers it means:
A. I have to go to the bathroom to pee
B. Ill have a second scotch
C. Were changing key to either Bb or D
D. Play the second ending
E. Go to the verse
F. All of the above
4. Quotations are good as long as you can remember what tune youre actually
5. Never play two tunes in a row in the same key.
6. Its perfectly ok to play two tunes in a row in the same key.
7. Only country musicians play in the sharp keys. Jazz players stick to the
8. The key of F is the exception to the previous rule and is perfectly
acceptable in either country or jazz (but no other keys).
9. If you make a mistake, repeat it on the second eight and after the bridge
. . . everyone will think youre making a statement.
10. If you make a mistake in the bridge, tough noogies.
11. It used to be ok to go out in the alley between sets to share a quick
joint. We dont really do that anymore.
12. Take your solo only at the proper time. Its bad form to solo over
everyone elses solo (expecially if youre a soprano sax player).
13. If you have to leave the bandstand for an emergency be sure to wash your
hands before returning.
14. The correct count off is always One, Two, One-two-three-four
15. Unless youre playing a waltz
16. If youre playing Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans resist
the temptation to take it real slow and give everyone including the banjo
and piano player a full solo.
17. Louis impressions could be cause for immediate expulsion from the band.
If you add a big Oohhhhhh Yeeaaaaahhhhhh at the end you should just be
taken out and shot.
18. If the set is over and another band is coming on, get the hell out of
19. If a leader calls for a band uniform wear the damn uniform!
20. Drunkenness on the stand is a no no, but so is total sobriety. Strive
for a happy medium.
Bill twenty rules Gunter
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