[Dixielandjazz] New blood for OKOM
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TCASHWIGG at aol.com
Mon Dec 15 22:24:41 PST 2003
In a message dated 12/15/03 4:39:21 PM Pacific Standard Time,
kayewade at earthlink.net writes:
> So, it's our own fault that we're loosing people of the younger age. We
> do nothing to bring them in.
That pretty much sums it up Kaye, and I am of course not speaking of you
specifically , but enjoining your comment of WE meaning Jazz Societies and
Festival organizers of OKOM.
Except I ain't part of WE, and neither is Steve Barbone and a few others who
long ago broke out of the mold or never went into in the first place.
I have been playing OKOM since 1990 and have yet played ONE SINGLE American
Jazz Society Sponsored Traditional Jazz Festival. Nor have I booked one
single act on any one festival. Yet I do business all over the rest of the world,
and play the top major Jazz events everywhere but America, and get paid as
Steve says far more money for one show than I could or would be offered to play
an OKOM festival in the USA.
To show you how idiotic this system here is:
I just got a thank you but no thank you letter fromt he New Orelans Jazz &
Heritage Festival, telling me that they employ 90% of the musicians at their
wonderful festival from the local New Orleans music community of musicians.
Well fifty percent of my touring personnel live in New Orleans, and forty
percent of the remaining members are from their originally, but left because the
wages and opportunities to earn a living playing music in New Orleans has been
dismal for over thirty years or even longer. Not to mention that I have been
booking and promoting New Orelans music and acts for well over ten years.
Most successful New Orleans acts are on the road making a living anywhere but
Any successful act from New Orleans usually makes their money far from New
Orelans, yet continue to promote the Legends of New Orleans and send tourists
their by the thousands every year. Too bad their festival organisers can't
It is much the same with OKOM festivals everywhere I am afraid, it is the
organizers that refuse to change and grow with the times that are causing the
decline of the audiences for OKOM rather than he musicians playing the music.
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