[Dixielandjazz] Jazzing the Classics

Tim Eldred julepjerk at surewest.net
Tue Jun 21 20:16:24 PDT 2005

Lest we forget, Allan Sherman provided a Dixieland version of the Grand
March from "Aida" in his marvelous musical presentation titled "Peter and
the Commissar."  I only heard it at a friend's house once many, many years
ago, but Sherman's musical concept blew me away (freedom of many styles
versus government-run bureaucratic music), and I particularly appreciated
the Dixieland recognition.  (Disclaimer - this is the specific title as I
recall it being introduced by Sherman - the presentation was in conjunction
with a symphony orchestra, and I could be mistaken about the exact
classical.opera piece used.  But, it was an opera number and worked
incredibly with a Dixieland translation...)  I have since lost contact with
that friend, but would love to hear that record again....

Tim Eldred
Roseville, CA

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