[Dixielandjazz] THE BLUES

TCASHWIGG at aol.com TCASHWIGG at aol.com
Sun Sep 28 21:50:51 PDT 2003

In a message dated 9/28/03 8:59:51 AM Pacific Daylight Time, 
jbeebe at centurytel.net writes:

> 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.
> Jim Beebe

No argument from here Jim, Louis was indeed a great Blues singer and player, 
but they adopted him in Jazz. The record labels wanted to promote the new 
music "Jazz" so they had to downplay Blues to promote Jazz to the more 
"Sophisticated Listener," and most Jazz musicians bought it hook line and sinker and 
started abandoning the Blues for Jazz.

I see no real distinction between the two, since the roots of Jazz are so 
firmly in Blues and Gospel, it is all good American music and only served up in 
different recipes according to ones musical appetite of the day.


Tom Wiggins

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