[Dixielandjazz] Art & Entertainment 2

Jim Kashishian jim at kashprod.com
Sat Oct 22 09:30:33 PDT 2005

Decided to continue my comments on the subject.....
This started with Bart Simpson's comment about Jazz (it sucks!).
Immediately when I heard that, although I know the writers of that show
strike out at everything that any group might consider to be sacred (*), I
thought that he would have only been exposed to what is going for Jazz these
days.....not our kind of jazz.  
However, in our kind of jazz we run into this problem, too, of some only
playing for the musicians.  Originally, Our Kind of Jazz was background
music for bordellos & dancehalls.  Some amount of chatter is going to go on,
particularly in a night club.  It might be just our egos that try to lift
Jazz to loftier heights, away from what is really our audience.  
An an audience = a group of happy people, I hope, and they will require
entertainment, in my opinion.
Best thing that has happened at a gig lately?  An 80 yr old American tourist
came up to me and said we had "made his trip" when we played Amapola.  All
the way to Spain to get happy with Amapola.  You had to see his face, his
smile.  Makes it all worth it!
(*)  In the same series they showed a Protestant Heaven, where people were
kinda bored & trying to be proper.  Over on another cloud was the Catholic
Heaven, where various groups of Spanish, Italians, etc., were dancing &
boozing & laughing, and the Irish group on the cloud were doing Riverdance!
Can't recall what was going on on the Jewish cloud.....
Jim Kash

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