[Dixielandjazz] What music to listen to

Brian Towers towers at allstream.net
Tue Mar 23 18:24:10 PST 2004

I cannot disagree with what you say, however I still maintain that Colyer
did not  get tunes like "Over the
 Rainbow" , "Cheek to Cheek" "Poor Butterfly" etc into his repertoire by
listening only to Bunk, DD, Kid Thomas. Lewis, Handy  etc   Nor did he get
his beautiful ragtime arrangements from that source.         I reckon he
listened to many different styles (obviously excluding Parker, Gillespie and
the boppers).   One can hear it in his jazz, his blues and his skiffle
Brian Towers
Hot Five Jazzmakers
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Phil O'Rourke" <philor at webone.com.au>
To: "Brian Towers" <towers at allstream.net>
Cc: "DJML" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2004 5:51 PM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] What music to listen to

> Brian
> I beg to differ on this one.
> The New Orleans Bands (not to be confused with bands playing so called
> Orleans Revival") played (and recorded) the hit songs of the day.
> Look at the recordings made by Kid Thomas, Cap'n John, Creole George etc;
> those musicians who stayed in New Orleans and worked regularly. The
> New Orleans Musicians had to play what the customers of the time wanted,
> current pop (now "old" pop) music or not have a job.
> They weren't playing to adoring fans who had to have a band with trumpet,
> trombone, clarinet front line and "standard" three or four piece back
> They played at commercial establishments and had to draw enough crowd to
> cover the cost of the band whether it was a six piece group or trumpet,
> piano, bass trio.
> > He loved adapting the old pop songs to his band - He did
> not
> > get these from New Orleans musicians..     Then he must also have
> > to a great deal of Ragtime music - remember all the great rags by Joplin
> etc
> > that he included in his repertoire and recorded, putting his own unique
> > style and stamp upon them, with his own arrangements.

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