[Dixielandjazz] Re: Jimmy Mazzy's Banjo

Bob Romans cellblk7 at comcast.net
Sun Mar 6 19:57:53 PST 2005

I clicked into the sound track below to listen to Sweet Georgia Brown, and I 
was astonished at the whistler...great ideas, nice sound, but...he doesn't 
whistle in tune! Sounds like maybe a slide whistle?? The rest of the band is 
great,but PLEASE...whistle in tune?? Have any of the rest of you heard this 
sound track? Am I wrong? SGB is one the "National Anthems" of OKOM...I still 
have the red 45 RPM record with Brother Bones...the "whistlin' man"...
Warm regards,
Bob Romans
Cell Block 7 Jazz Band
1617 Lakeshore Dr.
Lodi, Ca. 95242
Cell 209-747-1148
Because I play trumpet, I envy no one.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <l.swain at comcast.net>
To: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2005 6:35 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Re: Jimmy Mazzy's Banjo

> Kudos to my long-time friend Norm (who plays banjo and fiddle with
> a number of groups, including the Squirrel Hill Olde Tyme Jazz
> Band) for bringing friend Jimmy Mazzy's playing into the recent
> "banjo" thread.
> A poll a few years ago by Jazzology and Mississippi Rag found Jimmy
> to be the No. 1 OKOM banjo player, and the No. 2 OKOM male
> vocalist.
> You can listen to him, if you haven't yet (and I share Norm's
> astonishment that many listmates out there might not have) on cuts
> linked at http://www.elinewberger.com/music_listen.html, and others
> you can find from http://www.jimmymazzy.com (count the strings -- 
> all four -- on his banjo in the picture on the home page).
> Jimmy plays (and sings) like no one else I have ever heard, and
> I've been an OKOM addict (and minimally-accomplished OKOM piano-
> player) for well over a half century. We spend as much time
> listening and talking to him and his wife Carrie (vocalist and
> manager), as possible, here in the greater-Boston area, and are
> hoping to follow them to the Jazz in the Olympics Festival in WA in
> April.
> Larry Swain
> 6 Mar 2005 at 12:00, anichols at gis.net (Norman Nichols) wrote:
>> I realize that there is only one Jimmy Mazzy and I wonder why.
> The banjo in
>> Jimmy's hands can't be anything but a front line instrument.
> Chord solo's are
>> nice, and easier also, but Jimmy's blazing speed single note
> improvisations are
>> to die for. Why aren't there more banjo players trying for a
> fraction of that
>> technique. So when I read that, "If you wish to use the banjo as
> a front line
>> instrument, then by all means use a five stringer picking single
> notes", I had
>> to ask myself, You mean there are people out there that haven't
> heard or heard
>> of Jimmy Mazzy!!
> Laurence Swain
> l.swain at comcast.net
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