[Dixielandjazz] 'Alice Blue Gown' in 4/4

Colin Toomer CHToomer at xtra.co.nz
Mon Jun 20 20:02:17 PDT 2005

Hi everyone from Whangarei, Northland , New Zealand.

The saxophonist in my dance's dance band used to do 'Alice Blue Gown' in 
the style of Earl Bostic.

Great to play this old tune this way, but used to throw the dancers how 
to do steps to this tune. Funny to see people trying to do a waltz to 
it. So used to always knowing  it as a  waltz.

Sometimes we would change rhythms in sections of a tune. eg. Going from 
rhumba into swing for a chorus, back to rhumba.
Often some people, may be a little tipsy would complain, and say "can't 
you ...... play it just straight for once'.

Talking about waltz tunes, who knows 'African Waltz' or 'The Drum Also 
Waltzs', or 'Bluesette'

Thats my lot from a drummer that plays what the leader or pianist call', 
but 'wont do any tunes/songs I like, not necessary drum solo tunes.

Love this discussion group. Everyone knows so much more than in the 
books, 'DownBeat' & other magazines.

Anyone is free to email, you don't have to be a drummer.

Thanks everyone for reading this message.

Regards in the music business/profession,

Colin Toomer ( getting to you guys age group at 59 yrs.
Northland, New Zealand.

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