[Dixielandjazz] Early Jazz In NYC - Jan 6, 2005
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Sun Dec 12 14:42:41 PST 2004
In a message dated 12/11/04 7:00:22 PM, arnieday at optonline.net writes:
> Theatre tickets in New York City are now in the $80 to $120 range. And you
> can't get people to pay $20 to listen to Ed Polcer and his buddies? That's
> really sad. Players like those won't be around for much longer.
Yes, it indeed is Sad Arn, but a strange thing goes on in California
regarding Music Stars, not only in OKOM with great players like Ed Polcer and his
buddies from the East.
Big name Rock Artists from the 50, s 60, s can sell out Madison Sq. Garden in
NY and can't draw 300 people in California many times, which drives them
crazy because they can't get a reasonable tour to work on the Left Coast.
To promote a date on Ed Polcer out here you should have a built in audience
for His kind of music, or at least a built in audience of event attendees,
because you cannot get sufficient airplay on his music to reach a general
audience, and the costs of newspaper advertising would be more than the cost of the
act as would the rental fee for the use of most decent venues where the act
should be promoted.
With the exception of the few OKOM programs on the air and the Internet out
here, I doubt you could get any other radio station to play his CD as most of
them have never heard of him or his buddies, heck many of them have never even
heard of Turk Murphy or Lu Watters our Legends.
It is a bit of a different world out here especially for OKOM music, but
having said that I also feel that it would get much better and bigger if we had
more East Coast acts toured out here and opened up new territory, unfortunately
for a while they cannot expect to get East Coast Prices for their shows unless
they come here and promote the shows themselves and take the risk.
There is a large number of OKOM bands all over California and Oregon,
Washington State, and they all have similar problems trying to find enough work to
stay together outside of Jazz society circuits.
Sadly, But without Lots and Lots of promotion and exposure to the unwashed
mass audiences that abound around here, it will simply not change or get any
better for any of them.
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