[Dixielandjazz] Festival memories

Judy Eames jude at judyeames.co.uk
Wed Apr 28 11:07:06 PDT 2004

Dave wrote:

TRANSPORTATION from venue to venue was very difficult to obtain and we found
ourselves walking many times

1984 might seem like yesterday ... well it does:-) but things were great
last year when Tony Davis and I were there with Zenith Hot Stompers.  We
were taken everywhere by minibus, seldom had to resort to junk food (unless
by choice:-) )   We're very sorry not to be going back this year,  we made
a lot of friends and  hope to be invited again one day.

Our only problem was the visa system which looked as if it would blow the
whole trip.

Wish we were going to be there but at least we have Ascona Switzerland to
look forward to.  ANyone else responding to the Gunter challenge to be


Judy Eames
Kaminsky Connection
Aston, Oxfordshire
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Hanson" <jazzdude at bellsouth.net>
To: "DJML" <Dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2004 7:36 AM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Festival memories

 I remind myself of a band I played with at the festival in 1984.

I found the volunteers quite helpful but the problems started immediately.
TRANSPORTATION from venue to venue was very difficult to obtain and we found
ourselves walking many times. The only food we had time to find was "junk"
food and though we had all the drink tickets we could ever consume, it only
added to our physical condition. After three days we were all running on
empty. Add to this, most venues were in the direct sun and our fluid loss
was high. We rarely had enough time to drink water, eat a decent meal and
were always on the move.

I'm surprised we sounded as good as we did, and in conversations with other
band members from other groups, we all had  similar problems. I can't tell
you how happy we were to finally get on the plane and quite frankly I
wouldn't go back to that festival regardless of the pay.

I  really don't think the organizers had a clue how difficult they made it
for the performers, and wonder if it's even been mentioned. I haven't heard
it on the DJML and I would welcome anyone commenting on THEIR experience at
the SAC jazz fest as a player.

I'm a 40 year veteran of every venue you can imagine, but this was the
absolute pits !!

Dave Hanson

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