[Dixielandjazz] OKOM musicians and festivals

Williams, Bob robert.c.williams at eds.com
Thu Dec 16 12:38:46 PST 2004

When I was a moderate dixieland celebrity, I found it difficult to listen to
other bands because people wanted to talk to me.  As I make a point of
talking to the audients who approach me, I not only couldn't listen to the
music as closely as I'd wanted, I often found myself being shushed by people
who somehow expect absolute silence even though they're in the back seats
near the bar.  

And of course if you're playing at the festival, you're visible at all
times, so you have to be on your best behavior, if not "on."

Often to get a break I would hole up in my motel room between sets.

I'm sure this explains some of what you're seeing.

- Bob Williams
The World's Most Modest Man
No, Really

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Subject: [Dixielandjazz] OKOM musicians and festivals

One thing I am puzzled about is the fact that not only do musicians not buy

tickets and attend jazz festivals, they don't listen to other bands when
are hired to play at a festival. After playing jazz festivals for 20  
years.......I still am anxious to hear many other musicians who are
performing  when 
we are not playing. Almost none of my bandmates hold the same  interest. 
It is a puzzlement...no?
Joe  Hopkins
AZ Classic Jazz Society Vice-President
AZ Classsic Jazz Festival  Co-Director
Jazz Clarinet 602-810-5888 or 480-396-6798 _www.azclassicjazz.org_

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