[Dixielandjazz] Jazz Festival - Modesto, CA

Margaret Squires margeaux at inreach.com
Wed Apr 7 19:05:59 PDT 2004


I very strongly disagree with your statement!!!!!

We are VERY supportive of our OKOM musicians!!!!

In fact we contacted Charlie Clark, who does the promo material for Ed
Zimbrick's festivals and for 10th Avenue Jazz Band.  There was no response.
We usually put something in our newsletter about it.  However, if we have no
information from the promoter, what are we to do????

ALSO!!!  If Mr. Zimbrick had selected another weekend to hold his festival,
his might have been better attended.  Most of our non-OKOM supporting jazz
society members drove three hours to get to the festival at Three Rivers.

Before you condemn a group of people for non-support, you might want to
check with them first and get the facts straight!!!!

Margaret Squires
Music Director
Modesto Dixieland Jazz Society
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stephen Barbone" <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
To: "Dixieland Jazz Mailing List" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2004 12:47 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Jazz Festival - Modesto, CA

> Just heard that last weekend's one day OKOM festival in Modesto had
> about 70 paying attendees. And there were 7, count em, 7 bands. One was
> 10th Avenue Jazz Band, the sponsoring group. Ed Zimbrick must have lost
> a pot full of money on it. Bob Roman's Cell Block Seven was also there,
> I believe so the music was not too shabby.
> Folks, pure and simple, if we do not support live OKOM by paying for it
> when it comes to our town, how can we expect it to continue?
> There is an OKOM jazz club in Modesto, but I would guess given the
> above, that it is not very active in supporting itinerant OKOM
> musicians.
> As US Supreme Court Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes said in January 1917
> when deciding the case for licensing music and overturning all the
> previous lower court decisions: (Smart man, that Holmes)
> "The performances... are part of a total for which the public pays....
> If music did not pay, it would be given up. If it pays, it pays out of
> the public's pocket.... The purpose of employing it is for profit, and
> that is enough."
> It appears as if the public does not give a rat's patoot about live OKOM
> in Modesto.
> Sadly ,
> Steve Barbone
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