[Dixielandjazz] Marsalis >> Pretentious blather >> Jazz Families

Bob Romans cellblk7 at attbi.com
Thu Mar 6 08:33:06 PST 2003

Dave Brubeck's kids...and Dave himself...
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  From: BudTuba at aol.com <BudTuba at aol.com>
  To: JimDBB at aol.com <JimDBB at aol.com>; dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
  Date: Thursday, March 06, 2003 10:04 AM
  Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Marsalis >> Pretentious blather >> Jazz Families

  In a message dated 3/6/03 12:46:04 AM Eastern Standard Time, JimDBB at aol.com writes:

    Jim Beebe writes about the Marsalis review in the New York Times

      >With pretentious blather like this review, no wonder jazz is in

      >" The music gushed over the audience"

  I saw and greatly enjoyed the show on PBS and recorded it for my future enjoyment, and believe me I'm a moldy fig musician.  If we think of jazz as not being static, this was a revealing window into the future.  It was definitely not a recreation of the early sounds, but took off from it.  Had I been there, I would have been "gushed".  

  Amazing that the kid brother playing drums was praised by all of the rest as the most musical of the bunch...could be hype, but I don't think so.  His drumming was quite musical and not pretentious like Krupa would have been.  Then I was amazed to see Harry Connick, Jr as the only non-family member on the show.  I like Harry as well, both singing and playing and have several of his CD's after my (then) teenaged daugher dragged me to a concert.  Harry is to some degree been a focal point for the resurgence of the swing dance fad and has moved away from that on to other funky sounds, and now back to NO...the guy amazes me and he was amazed by his teacher's family.  

  Obviously, the show was a bit self-grandizing for the Marsalis family, but how many whole families have taken to music and jazz as totally as they have.  OK..Teagarden in the early days and Mangione (Chuck and Gap) in the 1970's.  Do DJMLers have any other family suggestions?  

  Bud Taylor
  Smugtown Stompers
  Rochester, NY
  Traditional Jazz since 1958

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