[Dixielandjazz] THE BLUES
jbeebe at centurytel.net
Sun Sep 28 11:58:33 PDT 2003
I'll bet good money that these shows don't mention the greatest blues singer
of all, Louis Armstrong. Nor will they mention Jack Teagarden.
Delmark records in Chicago had a meeting once of it's Jazz and Blues
artists. Delmark puts out a good line of both Jazz and Blues recordings
and is regarded as a top smaller record label and one of the very top Blues
labels. I have some recordings out on this label and so I was at this
meeting. Bob Koester, the owner, had this idea of bringing Jazz and Blues
artists closer together. There is absolutely no interaction between these
two groups of musicians. At one point in the general discussion going on I
said, rather prominently, "Well, Louis Armstrong was the greatest blues
singer and player." Whoa! That got the 'Blues' guys right up off of their
rather large asses. Armstrong, a blues singer! They wouldn't hear of it.
The fact is , though, that Louis was the greatest blues singer and player.
One listen to any blues he ever recorded should verify that. Try his "Beale
St. blues" late at night.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Stephen Barbone" <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
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Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2003 10:34 AM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] THE BLUES
> Just a REMINDER that the PBS series, THE BLUES, produced by Martin
> Scorsese, starts tonight in the USA. It will continue nightly until next
> Sunday, has 7 segments, each directed by a different music lover and
> each segment is approximately 90 minutes long. If you like, or are
> interested in BLUES MUSIC, tune in.
> In the Philadelphia area, the start time is 9:00 PM on the Public
> Broadcasting Channel 12. Same time in New York City, on PBS Channel 13.
> Reviews, probably in your local newspaper today (Sunday) are mixed. For
> example, one review here in Philly called the Blues America's only
> unique art form. It gives the series high marks, but also pans two
> segments. (sound familiar?) It also lauds the series for pointing out
> that the Blues still live, albeit out of the mainstream of music, as
> contrasted by the Burns Jazz Series which gave current jazz short shrift
> and implying that Jazz, as a musical form was dead.
> There is also a segment, later in the week, on the use of the blues by
> the early British Rockers which shaped that musical genre.
> Steve Barbone
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