[Dixielandjazz] Listening to "other" music

david richoux tubaman at batnet.com
Sun Mar 21 19:14:11 PST 2004


as more than a few on this list know, I DO listen to, and play all 
other sorts of music besides OKOM - as much as I do enjoy an ear full 
of Louis, Lu, Turk or even Bing - I do know that there is a lot of 
other kinds of music that provide a lot of pleasure for me.

One of the biggest changes in my tuba performance skills came when I 
started playing cover versions of rock songs, first with the infamous 
Stanford University Marching Band and later with the California 
Repercussions - I have much increased in endurance, range and 
flexibility, playing in "odd" keys and rhythms, learning songs I am not 
at all familiar with and trying to feel the patterns and "hooks" of 
more modern popular music. I don't always exactly like the particular 
songs I play, but the total effect of the band is quite good and we do 
get a large, appreciative audience in many parts of the world.

I do not play much "classical" music, but I also enjoy listening to a 
lot of that - also I listen to a lot of the best Brass Band and 
traditional Marching Band/Wind Band compositions (and a lot of 
traditional Eastern European Brass Bands -  things I will probably 
never be able to play) - they are all linked to Traditional Jazz in 
many ways!

I also play all sorts of extreme "modern and post-modern jazz" on my 
radio program (after the Jazz Parade segment ) and while I don't always 
understand or even enjoy every bit of it, I do try to figure it out and 
at least develop a feeling for the  skills and techniques that are 
being expressed - it is not likely that I would use those techniques in 
my OKOM performances, but I do now know a good harmalodic throat-singer 
when I hear one ;-)

Dave Richoux

On Mar 21, 2004, at 4:29 PM, Anton Crouch wrote:

> Hello all
> The thread on "is it helpful to listen to music other than OKOM?" is 
> intriguing.
> Intuitively I agree with those who answer "yes", but a far more 
> important question is "is there anyone on this list who doesn't listen 
> to music other than OKOM?"
> The possibility that someone might answer "yes" to that question is 
> too awful to contemplate   :-)
> All the best
> Anton
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