[Dixielandjazz] Where's The Love ?

Rob McCallum rakmccallum at hotmail.com
Sun Dec 12 09:35:07 PST 2004

Hi Tom and everyone,

I went to IAJE convention when it was in Detroit in the mid-1980s.  What a
kick that was for a high school jazz devotee.  It was the only time I ever
heard J.J. Johnson live and was really amazing to be sitting only a couple
of seats away from Tommy Flanagan.

I don't recall paying any money to go.  I remember that I had a girlfriend
at the time and we just got dressed up and went down to the Renaissance
Center, followed the signs, and walked into the large ballroom where all the
main events were happening.  Whether or not we were supposed to have
tickets, I have no idea.  It could have been that no one wanted to prevent a
couple of 16 year olds from hearing the music : )

Happy holidays,
Rob McCallum

----- Original Message -----
From: <TCASHWIGG at aol.com>
To: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Friday, December 10, 2004 8:19 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Where's The Love ?

> HI Folks:
> I just received the brochure designed to allure me into plunking down $
> 348.00 to attend the International Association of Jazz Educators
Convention in
> Anaheim, Ca. this Jan. 5-8 2005.
> Many of you remember that I have been preaching to this choir of OKOMERS
> at least two years now along with a couple of other very active Band
> on the list.
> I have maintained that the reason Dixieland Music does not share in the
> musical Pizza around the world is mostly the players and Jazz Societies
> from lack of promotion to a wider and more diversified audience.   The
> Societies should all be at this event getting recognition for OKOM which
> open up many opportunities around the world for more OKOM activity.
> will also be International Press there to meet that will be happy to talk
> your representatives and hear your story.
> Check out this website: for verification of what I have been preaching.
> It will show you very quickly who is running the Jazz Music Industry and
> will find a distinct LACK of any DIXIELAND or OKOM presence on the site,
> least as far as I can see.
> www;iaje,org/conference/default.htm
> They will have some excellent Jazz concerts at the conference, but not one
> that I can see even close to OKOM, why because none of the Traditional.
> Dixieland Groups or managers are pushing them to include OKOM in their
programs much
> less teach it.
> It will be an excellent opportunity to meet ALL the Jazz Literati of the
> world and the current movers and shakers of the current Jazz world as they
> like to keep it.
> We should all show up in mass and stage our own jam sessions and show them
> some Real Jazz.    :))
> If you can't Lick em Join em, get on the Board and change it from within
> same way they did to you guys years AGO.  This is what happens when OLD
> musicians Retire and stop teaching kids the REAL stuff, they are replaced
> younger teachers who don't know it and therefore don't teach anybody new
about it.
> We need to attack the Jazz World with a vengeance and insist upon
> of OKOM in all Jazz education programs and activities.  If we do not they
> continue to ignore us in the pursuit of abstract modern electronic music.
> Cheers,
> Tom Wiggins
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