[Dixielandjazz] Jazz in coffee houses (was: Another NY TIMES Jazz Review)

David Richoux tubaman at batnet.com
Sun Oct 31 09:11:26 PST 2004

Hi all,
As was mentioned in a recent posting by Dan Augustine about the Lu 
Watters tribute last week - there is an OKOM band that has played a 
"coffee-house" gig for many years now - Clint Baker's NOJB regular 
Friday nights at Café Borrone, Menlo Park CA. The usually  large 
audience is a mix of ages (as is the band) and the music is very 
traditional New Orleans style. Good food and beverages, indoor and 
outside seating - lots better than a smokey bar or some cheezy pizza 
parlor, IMHO.

I don't know why this kind of successful gig has not been duplicated in 
other cities - it certainly is a bright spot on the bay Area jazz 

Dave Richoux
On Oct 30, 2004, at 5:38 PM, TCASHWIGG at aol.com wrote:

> That Starbucks crowd you refer to are the JAZZ OBLIVIOUS who mostly 
> never
> heard of Bix or any other White Jazz Guys like Kenton, or even the 
> Precious
> Original Dixieland Jass Band, and that is not Wynton's fault, it is 
> the fault of
> the Jazz societies and Preservationist who have spent more time 
> keeping it a
> secret society than doing a proper professional job of Public 
> Relations to the
> general Jazz Oblivious Public.
> Now what do you think might happen if somebody went to Starbucks head 
> office
> with a proposal to have them play OKOM CDs in all their coffee shops 
> (about
> 7500 of them as I recall) maybe even have a gust appearance by a 
> Dixieland Band
> to promote and sell their CDs to those coffee sucking fondue slurping 
> misfits
> shelling out $3.50 to $5.50 for a cup of coffee two or three times a 
> day? 
> Whoops exposure to new Music just might spark a new trend in Dixieland 
> music
> sales, But we certainly don't want that to happen now do we, because 
> it would not
> be cool any more and everybody and his brother and sister and cousin 
> would be
> dancing to Tiger Rag again.

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