[Dixielandjazz] Re: Dixielandjazz Digest, Vol 11, Issue 45

Stephen Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Mon Nov 17 20:52:10 PST 2003

> From: "Mike Durham" <mikedurham_jazz at hotmail.com> wrote (polite snip)
> Tom: far from chastisement, British and European audiences are DESPERATE to
> see and hearr anyone playing OKOM who is  black, and especially young and
> black. We are desperately keen to see any African-Americans returning to the
> music their forefathers created. So three cheers for Nicholas Peyton and all
> others like him, even two and a half cheers for Wynton Marsalis. In fact, we
> are so keen on this, we will make all sorts of allowances:

Hey Mike:

Give all those British and European promoters the name Barbone Street. We have a
mixed race band. The trumpet lead is Black, and the youngest man in the band at 55.
We can gig over there for about 3 weeks max because of other commitments here at
home. In another month we will not be able to do it at all because we will be fully
booked here by then.

Special deal price, 6 pieces, is $10,000 US $ per week plus hotel, 2 meals per day,
European travel and round trip airfare from Philadelphia PA USA. You can view band
personnel on our web site. Prefer last 3 weeks of August, when we have no
pre-existing Jazz Festival commitments, or higher dollar gigs yet.

We can always add more Blacks, but then it wouldn't be the same band. ;-)

Steve Barbone

PS. Nicholas Payton has defected to "modern" jazz. And Wyntom, believe it or not, is
starting to play very precise, arranged ensemble and arranged solo OKOM. Good grief,
he is stealing from ODJB, only this time doing it a lot better. ;-)

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