[Dixielandjazz] Requests not to play

Steve barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Thu Dec 9 11:27:48 PST 2004

jazz jerry wrote: (polite snip)

> Anyway do member of the DJML feel that musicians pet hates are different from
> those of there audiances?

Sure. Generally the audience loves your pet hate, WWW. I think a lot of
musicians hate it also. But not the audience. Same for Saints, Bill Bailey,
etc. IMO, it has to do with frequency of hearing the tune and perception in
the musos mind that WWW, Hello Dolly, Saints, etc., are so easy to play that
the urge to create within the chord framework or melody is minimal. And
sometimes, musos just like to bitch.

On the other hand, It would be interesting to know if Tony Bennett hates
"San Francisco", or if Bob Hope hated "Thanks For The Memories".  I don't
think so, but conversely, Artie Shaw is reputed to hate "Beguine", but then
he hated the audience in its entirety.

> Also is there any musician out there who has had a
> reverse request where a punter or promoter has promised drinks, money   or
> even very personal favours if the band DOES NOT play a certain melody?

Sure. E.G. Strolling gigs at restaurants, table to table. I've seen trios
and/or violinists tipped and asked not to play at a table by those sitting
there. Like "here's five bucks pal, keep moving."

Steve Barbone

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