[Dixielandjazz] Re: Audience etiquette

LARRY'S Signs and Large Format Printing sign.guy at charter.net
Mon Dec 20 12:02:31 PST 2004

When I was in college I played in Southern Illinois at a road house owned by
the mob.  We were hired as window dressing and they could care less if
anyone listened or not because all the action was in the basement. It was a
paid rehearsal.   I actually played a place that had wire in front of the
band (Like in the Blues brothers movie) because people threw things if they
hated you which they did.  We played jazz and it was a low life CW tavern.
After that a little talking or noise has never bothered me because I know
what rude is.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <TCASHWIGG at aol.com>
To: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Monday, December 20, 2004 12:39 PM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Re: Audience etiquette

> In a message dated 12/20/04 9:43:32 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> csuhor at zebra.net writes:
> >
> > Bottom line, I think we can celebrate truly responsive audiences, from
> > the noisy ones at social events to the quiet ones in concert halls;
> > tolerate, up to a point, audiences that talk a bit too loud in "mixed"
> > social/concert settings like restaurants and certain jazz clubs; and
> > appreciate the fact that there's an ongoing serious conversation about
> > jazz among musicians, critics, musicologists, researchers, and others.
> > Sometimes the talk gets pretentious and wrongheaded, but if we kick off
> > our shoes, that be part of the fun.
> >
> > Charlie Suhor
> >
> Once again most of us on this thread are correct, and have brought out
> elements of what makes this business so much fun and also hard work, as
> professional players we need to know all of these things to be in the
position to
> adapt to the surroundings and ply our Trade or Profession as we would best
> to do so.
> If you find a niche that works well for you and your style of music then
> all means fill it, enjoy it and do it well for as long as you can make it
> and pay you for doing so.
> If you ask the correct questions (or any questions at all) before
> the gig you can avoid many of the pitfalls by understanding the situation
> knowing that it is not the right gig for you and what your act presents,
> you are of the mindset and have the capability of changing to fit the
> situation without getting a Jazzer attitude and bitching all during the
gig about
> what a lousy gig it is.  All gigs usually turn out to be what we make
them, GOOD
> or BAD.
> I have often been out on tour with some very Serious Jazz Players laying
> their most serious stuff to impress all the musos and Jazz Literati and
> Critics, and when they finished they want to go off and find a noisy
crowded sweaty
> loud joint and sit in and play some raucous jazz bebop or Blues and rock.
> I think we can fix most of it with simple ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT, and have a
> good time anywhere we play.  It works for me, But I admit it is sometimes
> interesting and even Hellish to MAKE THE BEST OF A BAD SITUATION,  :))
> The worst Gigs I ever played many years ago,  was a couple that had NO
> audience!  :))
> Cheers,
> Tom Wiggins
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