[Dixielandjazz] RE: Dukes of Dixieland on TV

Dan Augustine ds.augustine at mail.utexas.edu
Sat Nov 27 19:19:42 PST 2004

Mike and DJML--
     Well, what i think is: time warp!
     I couldn't run the video clips from the Ed Sullivan show on my 
Mac (didn't think i could, but you gotta try), but i was able to play 
them on my Gateway machine, and they were great!
     You have to understand that that's the very first time i've ever 
seen them play.  I collected their records in the mid-1950's (and 
have almost all of them now), and played along with them, memorizing 
a number of solos and licks and so forth, but i never saw them live 
and never saw them on TV, even though my family religiously watched 
the Ed Sullivan Show every Sunday night from 8 to 9 pm in Carson 
City, Nevada, on a black and white TV that you had to get up out of 
your chair and walk over to the TV set to change the reception 
(rotate those rabbit-ears a little, boy), change the channel, or 
(heaven forfend!) turn down the sound when the commercials came on.
     The Dukes (to others, not to me) made the unforgivable mistake of 
being commercially successful, providing visual entertainment as well 
as musical, and putting on a show that a range of audiences could 
enjoy, for a variety of reasons.  They were bad-mouthed for decades 
for doing this, and perhaps still are.  But i think they were a great 
group.  Inventive arrangements, great trumpet-playing by Frank (whose 
singing i also like), some great clarinet-players, Freddy doing 
tailgate-trombone that seems to be disappearing, very good tuba 
players, and doing dixieland-stylings of contemporary tunes--what's 
not to like?
     Thank you for making those videos available.  I'd buy 'em if i 
could find out where to get 'em.  Surely there were lots of dixieland 
band on the Ed Sullivan Show over the years, weren't there?  If they 
were recorded on kinescope (plopping a film camera down in front of a 
TV screen, so i've heard), i would think there might be a lot of 
people who might want to buy such collections.
I'm sure Armstrong was on the show numerous times, but did Condon, 
Teagarden, and other bands also play?  I'd pay big money to have 
clips of them.
     Bravo!  (Another tuba-picker does good.)

>From: "Mike Marois" <Mike.Marois at HireLIVEMusic.com>
>Subject: RE: [Dixielandjazz] What's on your CD player RIGHT NOW
>Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 16:34:06 -0600
>Afternoon All;
>For me it's not what's in my CD player as much as what I just put up on my
>website.  After a real learning experience, I transferred some old clips of
>the Original Dukes of Dixieland from the Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950's over
>to WMV files.  You will have to have Windows media player installed to view
>the files, but if you're running Windows 2000 or XP you should be good to
>then, go to the Dukes' Stuff Page to the Video Clip Central section.
>Let me know what you think,
>Mike Marois

**  Dan Augustine    Austin, Texas   ds.augustine at mail.utexas.edu     **
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