[Dixielandjazz] Dukes of Dixieland on TV (And the Original Cell Block 7)

Bob Romans cellblk7 at comcast.net
Sat Nov 27 22:13:43 PST 2004

The original Cell Block 7 was ALMOST on...I have photos of Ed S. with the 
band backstage. According to Tommy Loy, the leader of the band jinxed it at 
the last minute, and then there wasn't enough time for them to perform, but 
Warm regards,
Bob Romans
Cell Block 7 Jazz Band
1617 Lakeshore Dr.,
Lodi, Ca. 95242
Cell 209-747-1148
Because I play trumpet, I envy no man!
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dan Augustine" <ds.augustine at mail.utexas.edu>
To: "DJML" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Saturday, November 27, 2004 7:19 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] RE: Dukes of Dixieland on TV

> 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.)
>     Dan
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>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 
>>the Original Dukes of Dixieland from the Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950's 
>>to WMV files.  You will have to have Windows media player installed to 
>>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
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