[Dixielandjazz] Playing in Churches

LARRY'S Signs and Large Format Printing sign.guy at charter.net
Sun Jan 9 15:54:45 PST 2005

So far they haven't produced anything equal or anything close to the
originality of these people.  They do produce some pretty good copies
however.  You could also say that our society can't reproduce the era that
these men came from and so therefore we can't either, we can only copy.  So
far Jazz coexists with other forms of music but each year the Jazzers fall
and new art forms as yet un invented take it's place in the minds of the
public and even more strongly in the minds of musicians.  A hundred years
from now I think Jazz will be an art form for the few just as Mozart is for
the few.  Hopefully recorded music will teach those not yet born because the
printed page just doesn't convey jazz as the printed page conveys the heart
of Mozart.

I am just a generation past the music of the 20's and I have difficulty with
these styles it because of the swing influence to say nothing of the years I
played blues and Rock and roll.  This seems to be true with other musicians
in this area.  Very fine players haven't a clue as to early jazz styles.  I
went through five pretty good drummers before I found one that knew what the
style is all about.  The same is with banjo players that sound country
western.  If it's this difficult only one generation then what will it be
three generations from now?  I think almost extinct.  But until then enjoy -
I will.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "john petters" <johnpetters at tiscali.co.uk>
To: <TCASHWIGG at aol.com>; <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 09, 2005 5:24 PM
Subject: RE: [Dixielandjazz] Playing in Churches

Tom said
 >It is a great feeling to get standing ovations under those circumstances
feel genuine appreciation for your musical offerings from grateful audiences

that have been deeply moved and inspired just by MUSIC.  And I have also
never brought any Records, Cassettes or CDs back home from the tours always
sell >them all.

I can believe that Tom. Our Gospel concerts have been some of the most
rewarding, musically, spiritually and financially - and they do attract a
new audience.

Steve's comment about jazz being religious in origin is also correct. In
fact most early practitioners were religious people of various faiths. Jelly
& Bunk Johnson were catholics, as was Krupa. Look also at the contribution
Jewish musicians made - Goodman, Shaw, etc Then there was Fats Waller,
Baptist. And what about Duke? Now it may well be that some of these
musicians were not devoutly religious, but their cultures would have
contributed greatly to their approach to music. It is interesting to ponder
as to whether a communist / atheist society could have produced a Sidney
Bechet or a Louis Armstrong.

John Petters
Amateur Radio Station G3YPZ

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Sent: 09 January 2005 00:56
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Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Playing in Churches

In a message dated 1/8/05 4:25:48 PM Pacific Standard Time,
johnpetters at tiscali.co.uk writes:

> I've never had any problems in churches. One person complained to the
> Catholic Bishop about a jazz band playing in church, but he was very
> enthusiastic about it. Quite often the Priest or minister will say a
> before or after the gig and I always quote psalm 150 - praise God with the
> sound of the trumpet and the loud clashing cymbals.
> The late Ken Colyer used to refer to playing in churches as doing a spot
> God bothering.
> cheers
> John Petters

Hi John:

I too have had tremendous response and great money performing at and for
Cathedrals and Catholic Churches all over Italy and Sicily, especially in
December.  I have been touring there for the past fourteen years with Black
shows and they are promoted and advertised as "GOSPEL el BLUES Spectacolos"
one tour we also were taken out to perform our high energy Gospel shows in
Discos and Opera houses and even twice at the Vatican.  Most of them were to

predominately non English speaking audiences, who loved the music and danced
clapped their hands like they were in a Camp Meeting or Revival service in
Alabama or Mississippi.


Love that Old Time Religion Music.

Tom Wiggins
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