[Dixielandjazz] He'p

David Washburn at Award Music, Inc. tootn4u at juno.com
Sat Feb 8 05:51:33 PST 2003

Welcome to the list.    I attended the camp in San Diego last year. The
"charts" are only a lead sheet that everyone receives along with a CD to
learn the songs to be used. After a few minutes of discussing who plays
in what order the fun begins pretty much as you described with trumpet,
then everyone taking a part etc. At any rate I'm sure you will have a
blast. I met some nice folks and had a great time playing with many of
        Sounds like you are having fun with your music. I am trying to do
the same thing but there doesn't seem to be much interest in the Dallas
Dave in Dallas 

On Fri, 7 Feb 2003 17:54:17 -0700 "Bill Biffle" <bbiffle at swcp.com>
I've signed up for the Adult Traditional Jazz Camp at San Diego next
January - me, and my son-in-law, Jesse, who plays drums.  A recent
attendee loaned me a video of some of the classes - and some of the
charts, too.  This is very stylized music.  Charts and such.  Very
formal, really.  A bit mannered, even.

The music we've been playing around here - and the music I hear on the
dozens of CDs I bought in the last couple of years - is much more
free-wheeling.  Trumpet plays - mostly  - the melody for the first chorus
whilst the tbone and clarinet play harmony, everybody solos for a while,
all play a hell-for-leather last chorus and hope to finish together
somehow. :-)}

So, I guess both are ok, just different, huh?  The trad stuff seems a bit
more contained and, well, maybe a bit - heck, I'll say it - boring.  More
fun for the players than the audience.  The "head arrangement" style
seems a bit more lively and - consequently - more fun.  At least for me. 
For now.

I'm new, so be kind.

Thanks, in advance, for your comments.

Bill Biffle
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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