[Dixielandjazz] Early Jazz In NYC - Jan 6, 2005

rahberry at comcast.net rahberry at comcast.net
Sat Dec 11 07:00:27 PST 2004

Hi Nancy,
The Arizona festival last month had Jon Cocuzzi, John Sheridan, Phil Flanagan, Allan Vache, and Jeff Hamilton who played several sets each day.  In addition, John Sheridan and Jon Cocuzzi played several two-piano sets.  They were a great group and, I believe, will be back next year.
Rae Ann

> From: Steve barbone <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
> "... Yes, they do get around. You may have seen them as individuals, or
> guest artists, but I think not as a group. Peps, Sandke, Gordon & Smith are
> appearing together with a rhythm section as a band at the Tribeca event. And
> Wycliff Gordon does not get to go to many OKOM festivals, even as a
> guest artist...
> Hi, Steve and Rae Ann,
> You see these talented guys performing as individuals yet inevitably as a
> group in jam sessions at many jazz parties across the U.S (and elsewhere,
> like Blackpool, England.). In general, their style is more modern and their
> fees more expensive than most OKOM festivals are geared for. (Just my
> observation.)
> They deserve the fees they ask for (being full-time musicians), but it's no
> wonder we don't see them in groups more often out west here since most
> OKOMers don't want to pay $15 or more to see them in concert.
> For instance, I'd very much like to see Ed Polcer's All-Stars play in
> Sacramento next Feb. when they're passing through town on their annual
> nationwide tour, but it's not worth Ed's while to stop here if he can't get
> a decent-sized audience to pay the $15 to $20 needed to cover expenses.
> Too bad; I think the west coast would love John Cocuzzi on vibes, Joe
> Ascione on drums, Dan Block on clarinet, Frank Tate on bass... (Dan Barrett
> is not too shabby on trombone, but we see him fairly often in CA.)
> A sponsor is needed, but it's not so easy to find one for this kind of music
> and audience in Sacramento.

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