[Dixielandjazz] OKOM and kids

Ron L'Herault lherault at bu.edu
Wed Mar 9 08:14:08 PST 2005

If David hears early jazz pieces as om pa om pa, something is wrong.  He is
missing the pulse and swing of it.   And they are not early jazz pieces
either.   Stocks are just the starting point - they, and written music in
general, cannot accurately convey the best of the rhythmic qualities of
jazz.  They are just a close approximation.

Ron L
-----Original Message-----
From: dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com
From: "David Story" <daveplaysthepiano at hotmail.com>
We are
performing 2 early jazz pieces (om pa om pa): It don't mean a thing and
Christopher Columbus. We will be competing in a kids jazz festival this
spring in NYC. We are all excited. Our repertoire will include the above
mentioned along with another Ellington Classic, "Caravan", a  Frank Zappa
classic, "Blessed relief", and an ECM type piece as well.

I procured a stock of the Fletcher Henderson classic from net. Kids love it,
music festivals love it, judges love it, parents love it. Today we started
work on It don't mean a thing, featuring a classical violinist recreating
the classic solo from Stephan Grapelli over an early arrangement for Duke
Ellington. A hit with the kids, all the toes were tapping.

People love this music, which goes to prove: OKOM can survive if we take it
directly to them. From the front:

David Story
Dundas ON Canada

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