[Dixielandjazz] Why musicians don't talk to fans - and/or
rakmccallum at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 14 08:36:45 PST 2004
I've found that while conversing with star players, it's refreshing to talk
about something other than music, whether it's sports or the weather or some
mutual extra-curricular interest. You'll often get to know more about the
person behind the "musician," and have a far more interesting and genuine
I think, also, that some people are uncomfortable hearing praise. I've
noticed some players appear embarassed on a set break when there's a crowd
gathered around them saying, "wow, that solo was great, etc. etc." Because
of that, some people come off as stand-offish when they're simply
As far as asking questions regarding particular historical info, discography
stuff etc., sometimes people simply don't remember. I think that die-hard
fans know more about data like that than most of the musicians who played
This is not to condone rude behavior on the part of artists. However, in
fairness, I have witnessed, many times, overly eager and nervous fans who
try to prolong their star encounter well beyond the boundaries of
politeness. I'm sure it's not fun for a musician trying to take a break to
have an over-zealous fan forcing themselves upon him. If it seems an artist
doesn't want to converse, but a fan feels the need to say something, "I
really enjoyed the set," and perhaps a handshake should suffice.
All the best,
>From: Arnold Day <arnieday at optonline.net>
>To: DJML <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
>Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Why musicians don't talk to fans - and/or
>Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 10:44:57 -0500
>I recognise all those good point, Steve, but there is no excuse for the
>downright rude behaviour of a handful of top OKOM players, "Good morning
>Mr, X, thanks for the great music. Do you mind if I ask you a question? You
>made an LP with Y and Z sometime in the 1960s but there is no recording
>date on the cover. Do you happen to remember when that was recorded?"
>Answer...."Go find a good discography"....walks off without a smile!
>Now, one the greatest communicators was Jimmy McPartland. He would work the
>room like a comedian, usually with an armful of LPs of him or his then
>ex-wife, hawking them like a street newspaper seller. He would sit and
>chat with anyone during the breaks or after the show. He loved his
>audiences. Not the greatest jazz trumpeter of all time, but a wonderful,
>Original Message -----
> From: Steve barbone
> To: DJML
> Sent: Monday, December 13, 2004 10:06 PM
> Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Why musicians don't talk to fans - and/or
>listen toother bands
> Arnie and others have noticed that some musicians are very accessible to
> fans, while others are not. Here is one musician's view.
> Some of us, like Sutton, Hedges, and in my NYC days, Parker, Krupa, and
> whole bunch of others are extroverted, or just plain enjoy talking to
> others. And some of us are painfully shy, or introverted and do not
> talking to anybody we don't know very well. And on gigs, we are "into"
> music and ordinary conversation may be a bit difficult. When I was a kid
> NYC playing, all the joints had band rooms where we went to chill out
> between sets. That's a hard habit to break.
> And sometimes, we get bored to tears by fans who wish to impress us with
> their knowledge of jazz. Heck, we live and breathe it every day and
> very well enjoy talking about something else instead, once the gig is
> And as we age, we get physically worn out from gigs, especially if we're
> the second half of a double. So we get cranky, our feet hurt (which is
> we wear comfortable shoes that may not be sartorially splendid) and we
> want to chill out for 20 minutes before we have to be "on" again.
> We mean no disrespect to fans, groupies or just plain folks who hear
> have to say when we play. We are all different, but not too different
> group of regular people in similar circumstance.
> On my gigs, I try to be accommodating, schmooze with the audience. Visit
> each table for a short time etc. But that also means I have to cut some
> people short too. And I always want at least 5 minutes alone between
> gather my musical thoughts.
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