[Dixielandjazz] Yellow Dog Blues

Bill Gunter jazzboard at hotmail.com
Thu Mar 6 18:38:43 PST 2003

Hi Listmates,

Steve Barbone writes (regarding Yellow Dog Blues):

>The rising out of chairs and waving arms in the air
>has been in existence here in the Eastern USA since the 1980s, and maybe
>sooner. I noticed it when I started to visit local clubs here in the
>Philadelphia area from about 1985 on.  Could very well have been
>happening sooner. Maybe it started with the "wave" at sports arenas?

I, like Steve, have heard the Yellow Dog Blues for years . . . used to play 
it in the Pizza Pubs back in the 60s. The first time I noticed it was at a 
High Sierra Jazz Band performance in Sacramento (back in the 80s). All the 
people involved in "the wave" were groupies of the High Sierra Jazz Band. My 
suspicion at the time was that the practice started with the Three Rivers 
Jazz Club (Home of High Sierra J.B.) groupies and, because it was an 
audience participation and fun thing to do, it caught on and spread.

There's a similar audience thingee in "Emperor Norton's Hunch" (Lu Watters). 
There's a sort of interlude/fanfare after the first or second strain at the 
end of which many in the audience will rise and shout "Yeeaaaaaayyyy" or 
"Hoorah" or something.  I have no idea where that started but I'd wager it 
was somewhere near San Francisco.

Respectfully submitted,

Bill "Yeeaaaaaayyyy" Gunter
jazzboard at hotmail.com

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