[Dixielandjazz] Re: At the Jazz Band Ball

David W. Littlefield dwlit at cpcug.org
Mon Apr 21 13:34:40 PDT 2003

The topic of lyrics for classic instrumental tunes has popped up several
times recently, and now I ask a question that's been nagging at me: 

Why, with all the great vocal tunes out there, would one want to convert
jazz instrumentals to vocals? If the vocalist is female, then the key
change probably throws the horns way off, since it often is out of range
for one or more of them...

Most jazz tunes published as sheet music seem to have had lyrics added. Of
course, if the original tune was turned into an instrumental classic, I
have no complaint, nor if somehow the jazz instrumental happened to become
something special at the hands of a lyricist or vocalist. 


At 07:59 AM 4/21/2003 -0700, you wrote:
>Patti, I don't recall there being words for "At the Jazz Band Ball", though
>it's certainly possible. If memory serves me correctly, the tune was
>composed by members of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band back around 1917.
>Their recordings were instrumental, as were those by Bix Beiderbecke and
>many other noteworthy musicians who copied them. Sometimes words are added
>later on and maybe that's the case here. I am copying this message to the
>Dixieland Jazz Mailing List (DJML) to see if any of the members can help
>out. Best of luck, Kit
>----- Original Message -----
>From: pff
>To: kit at bscjb.com
>Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2003 8:27 PM
>Subject: At the Jazz Band Ball
>I have been all over the internet looking for the lyrics to At the Jazz band
>Ball. Any ideas??
>Patti Faust
>Dixielandjazz mailing list
>Dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com

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