[Dixielandjazz] Jim Cullum Jazz Band at IAJE Conference

Steve barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Sat Dec 17 06:53:16 PST 2005

What a great accomplishment. Congratulations Jim and the JCJB. Break a leg.

Here's a "thinking out loud" thought for Jim.

Why not feature 10 year old jazz violinist Jonathan Russell on one number,
say "I got Rhythm", as a SURPRISE? (let him play the lead and then trade
8's, 4's, and 2's. Ask Ed Polcer about format)

Serves several purposes:

1) Preempts a possible IAJE thought that OKOM is not relevant to kids.

2) Shows that they may have students who can "shine" too, with OKOM.

3) Will leave them breathless in admiration for your commitment to kids.

Should you do it, I would be happy to immediately send you a check for "J"'s
sideman fee so as not to dilute JCJB's earnings. You could pay him that
night in cash and watch his face light up.

Steve Barbone

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