[Dixielandjazz] Applause

Robert S. Ringwald robert at ringwald.com
Sun Mar 27 13:29:02 PST 2005

Larry of LARRY'S Signs and Large Format Printing writes:

> I prefer to enjoy
> the Jazz convention of applause for solos as well as at the end of tunes.
> Additionally I thank the audience by a wave or tip of the hat.  I think it
> helps to bond the audience with me, the musician.

Bob Ringwald responds:

Unfortunately, the habit of aplauding for every solo, good or bad, has 
become the norm.

Often, especially at a Jazz Club where very amateur musicians might be 
playing, they get as much of an aplause as a professional/exelent musician 
will get.

I especially hate to see this when a youth band is playing and a trumpet 
player who has no talent at all for improvising has learned that if he plays 
a high note that does not fit in the solo, he will get a bigger aplause.  I 
feel that this fosters showboating in a young player and is, in the long 
run, unfair to him.

--Bob Ringwald K6YBV
Placerville, CA USA


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