[Dixielandjazz] Re: Subject:Jazz miseducation/IAJE
TCASHWIGG at aol.com
TCASHWIGG at aol.com
Wed Feb 4 13:03:25 PST 2004
Ladies and Gentlemen of Real Jazz:
Us sitting around cursing under our breath about the nonexistence of OKOM in
the Education System can only be remedied in one way.
If we truly want Traditional Jazz to be popular once again we must all Join
every Jazz Organization we can find and participate in the voting and election
of it's officers to represent the music and our portion of the industry.
The IAJE has been run by the Coltrane wannabes for many years, primarily
because many of the folks on this list I suppose who were once teachers abandoned
their post and or retired, leaving a new generation much distanced from OKOM
and Traditional Jazz to teach the later generations what and how they wanted.
Therefore most of the current Jazz musicians have little or no experience
much less knowledge about playing Traditional Jazz. To them Traditional Jazz is
In the Beginning there was John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman and we got Jazz
man," Louis Who? Bix Who? Bichet who? We have generations of players who
have no idea who these folks are or care. Many of them actually think they are
Yesterday Kurt posted a blurb from the IAJE stating that they would like to
embrace Traditional Jazz, but very few if any OKOM or Jazz folks bother to
We can''t win the Lottery Folks if we don't Buy a Ticket. (except in Holland
Life is a road of continuing education, and if you think you have already
learned all there is to know about how to be a jazz musician and are entitled to
make a living from doing it, then you too have sadly been miss-educated.
The IAJE boys are the voice of Jazz today whether we like it or not, and if
we want change we need to join their ranks and fight for it from within, just
like governments if you don't vote and be part of the process you sure as Hell
can't change anything or remove folks who don't do it correctly, or represent
only their circle of friends and constituents.
The IAJE folks are deeply ensconced into many major Jazz Festivals all over
the world and influence Jazz record labels, mainstream Jazz Radio if you want
to play out there in the BIG REAL World you have to get off your butts and go
buy a uniform or pertinent hat and get in the game and be counted as a player
of more than your instrument. That never has been enough and never will be.
Playing three hours of music a night to make a living will take you about 8
hours a day to get the gigs if your lucky, so you have to get out of the house
and go where the players go hang with the right folks and schmooze, with your
eyes and ears open to stay on top of what is happening in the business if you
want to be a real player and successful.
You may not like the kind of Jazz that is being offered and played today, but
if you don't go try to get into the same circles you sure can't change it or
I know you get tired of hearing this same message over and over and over from
guys like Me and Steve Barbone and John Petters, but if you don't take these
many years of experience and the free advice that comes form it from guys who
are really trying to help all of you by sharing our experiences on this list,
then perhaps your just not serious about your career or really don't want one.
There is no other way but lot's of Hard Work for about fifteen years and
then you wake up one day and realize you are an overnight success.
I started about 1961 and finally in 1997 realized I was an over night
success, I am enjoying it as are many others who stuck with it and became who they
wanted to be in this business.
"I am funny, I am smart, I am lovable, I am studious, I am friendly, I am
helpful, I am brave, I am courteous, I am respectable entertainer, I am a good
bandleader, I was a good boy scout, (till I got kicked out, but that's for
another story) (no not for being gay), and doggone it people like me." ... Al
Franken... Sat. Night Live.
It's high time we joined and taught the teachers how to do it again. They
have been left to their own devices and are teaching each other everything they
know and their students as well, which is simply NOT enough to continue to
make Jazz and the World Go round.
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