[Dixielandjazz] THE BLUES

Nancy Giffin nancyink at ulink.net
Sun Sep 28 10:31:36 PDT 2003

>   From: "Jim Beebe" <jbeebe at centurytel.net>
>   Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2003 10:58:33 -0500

>   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....

I hear you, Jim. One of my favorite blues recordings is of Teagarden singing
"St. James Infirmary" with Louis Armstrong's All Stars.

The PBS folks are anticipating hearing from you, too. Note the following
disclaimer I read a few weeks ago, when I received my September program for
the local PBS station advertising "The Blues":

    "The series does not attempt to present a complete history of
    the blues, but rather, each director's personal interpretations.
    History, politics, economics, race, migration, and religion
    all shaped blues music. "The Blues" aims to capture the essence
    of the music -- its emotional resonance -- and explore how
    the blues has so deeply influenced people the world over."

This is probably in response to the fallout from Ken Burns' Jazz series.

The seven-part series is supposed to be "personal and impressionistic,"
as interpreted by the seven famous film directors contributing to it.
It's history, but they're going to call it the art of filmmaking, I suppose.
I'm looking forward to it, no matter what.

Love and hugs,

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