[Dixielandjazz] RE: What did L. Armstrong play?

Ron L'Herault lherault at bu.edu
Wed Feb 26 14:20:37 PST 2003

OKOM should swing if it is done right, IMHO.

Ron L

-----Original Message-----
From: Russ Guarino [mailto:russg at redshift.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2003 1:20 PM
To: Ron L'Herault
Cc: Dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com
Subject: Re: What did L. Armstrong play?

As I listen to Lewis Armstrong, I don't hear Dixie.  I hear Swing.

Russ Guarino

Ron L'Herault wrote:

> Steve,
> I think this is a self-fulfilling prophecy kind of thing.  The general
> public tends to like what they are fed.  Remember the (albiet rather
> popularity surge in swing after the commercial for jeans using swing music
> and jitter bug dancers?  So, if there were more notice given to what is
> there being performed and recorded in OKOM, its popularity might rise and
> it rises then there would be more likelihood of it winning some kind of
> award.  As I said to someone recently, back in 1973, the New Black Eagles
> were nominated for a Grammy for their LP, "On the River".  I don't
> the category or why we have not seen more of OKOM since.  Perhaps the
> have changed.
> Ron L
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stephen Barbone
> <Snip>
> Dan Augustine writes:
>      I guess you're right. We don't deserve notice. <snip>
> Hi Folks:
> Did I imply that? <SNIP>
> We get plenty of notice from TV, the Press and other media in our
> territory. We play before young (most under 50 years old) fans.
> However, most other OKOM bands do not. That is why OKOM does not show up
> in the general music scene. There is a stunning lack of fans.
> Please folks, don't misunderstand what I write. The music is wonderful,
> play it however you like. Just don't bitch and moan if the public
> doesn't like what you play. It is not their fault, it is yours.
> <SNIP>
> My point is a simple one. There is plenty of OKOM opportunity out there.
> Trouble is, most of us don't want to do it, we want to talk about not
> doing it.
> Paraphrasing Jack Nicholson's line in "A Few Good Men". "You want the
> truth? We can't handle the truth."
> Cheers,
> Steve Barbone

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