Stan Brager sbrager at socal.rr.com
Sat Mar 26 16:06:46 PST 2005

Usually, I reserve my applause for the end of the piece. Like Shaw, I like
to hear the transition from one soloist to another or what the band is
doing. However, if the soloist really moves me or whenever the soloist is
new to the game and can do with some encouragement, I will applaud.

Stan Brager
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steve barbone" <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
To: "DJML" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 26, 2005 7:17 AM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] ARTIE SHAW AND APPLAUSE

> As a clarinetist who adores Artie Shaw, (he is the primary reason I stuck
> with clarinet) I think his comments about applause should be taken in the
> context of his personality.
> He was a control freak with more psychological issues going on inside his
> genius brain than most of us on the DJML individually or put together. So
> respect what he played, how he played it and what he contributed to jazz.
> But, as for his views on the audience, how other people should live, act,
> etc., etc., please tread carefully and don't foist his mental problems on
> what is left of the jazz audience, or use them as a model. Like the rest
> us mortals, Shaw speaks for Shaw, not for everybody else.
> It is also well to remember that times, conventions, rules, actions change
> every day. For example, go to a classical musical performance today and
> applause in the middle, etc., now and then. Never happened in Shaw's day,
> but it certainly does now.
> Cheers,
> Steve Barbone

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