[Dixielandjazz] messages about dixie jazz

Robert S. Ringwald ringwald at calweb.com
Wed Sep 10 20:27:19 PDT 2003

 John Russell" hotjazz60 at yahoo.com asks, as new members often do:

>  Since getting on mailing list I noticed the letters  # OKUM ## being
mentioned frequently.  Can you tell me what that means as I only recently
started collectiong Trad.

 John, OKOM means "Our kind of music."  It is a term we have adopted to
explain the type of music (jazz) that we are talking about.  Even though the
name of this mailing list is Dixieland Jazz, we do discuss most kinds of
Jazz, pre-bop and sometimes we even get into that a little.

When someone uses the term "OKOM", they could be talking about a 1922
recording of Louis Armstrong, or a 1955 recording of same.  They could be
referring to Ragtime, early Swing, New Orleans style, Chicago style, the
British style of Trad Jazz, the San Francisco style, etc.

They could be speaking of the 1938 Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall concert,
Eddie Condon in 1956 or even Bing Crosby in 1944.  .

In short, it is the kind of Jazz (music) that most of us like, who are
members of DJML.

And while I'm at it, please check out the DJML FAQ (Frequently Asked
Questions at:


  The answer to your question is answered there.  I encourage other members
of DJML to check out the FAQ for DJML accepted rules and procedures.

Welcome John, to DJML.

mr.wonderful at ringwald.com
Placerville, CA USA

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