[Dixielandjazz] SOME classical musicians
csuhor at zebra.net
Sun Mar 27 16:12:42 PST 2005
For years, jazz musicians themselves spoke of players who were
"strictly legit" and others who played both legit and jazz. Also,
they'd say things like, "There's no jazz studies at that
college--strictly legit." Somehow the idea that jazz/non-legit players
were "illegitimate," bastardizers of music, wasn't seen an an
implication when term "legitimate" when applied to classical players.
Maybe this is shameful, as Craig suggests, or maybe jazz musicians
weren't smitten with political correctness and so didn't shun the
term. It's puzzling, in any case.
On Mar 27, 2005, at 5:46 PM, Craig I. Johnson wrote:
> Larry said (in part_:
>>> First we
>>> are more hands on and have a close relationship with our audience the
> (the classical) >> players hold themselves above the audience (and all
> other musicians too) and
> I hate to generalize as much as the above sentence, but it does remind
> that 25 years
> ago I move to Burlington VT. Soon thereafter I tried to find some
> folks to
> play jazz
> (mainly trad) and was having a hell of a time finding folks who could
> instruments well enough and those that did play those insts. ouldn't
> without a chart.
> One day, I had a piano tuner come in to tune our piano. He turned out
> to be
> one of
> the first or second chair trumpet players in the VT Symphony. We got to
> talking about
> trumpet and after a few minutes I told him my plight and asked him if
> knew a good
> bass saxophone player who could play jazz without a chart.
> His response was that he couldn't help me as he only knew "legitimate"
> I let him finish tuning the piano that day, but the "mother" was never
> invited back to do it
> again. (To this day,I have NEVER gone to hear the VT Symphony
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