[Dixielandjazz] PBS Concert and New Orleans music
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Vaxtrpts at aol.com
Tue Sep 20 08:21:47 PDT 2005
In a message dated 9/20/2005 8:06:08 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
rebecca.e.thompson at verizon.net writes:
I didn't say Marsallis couldn't swing... I said his ensemble didn't swing on
"Dippermouth Blues". But that is MY opinion.
And you are entitled to it! We can't all like the same things, or have the
same opinion about what "Swings"
When I mentioned Titan Hot 7, I wasn't thinking of their stage performances
as much as the music they produce. It is so full of energy and not done in
the original, note for note presentation.
Do you mean on recordings? As a musician, I like to judge a band mainly on
live performances, when I can hear them, because you can redo and fix things
in a studio. I also like live recordings.
My objection was that Steve said all festival bands play poorly.
As I stated in my previous post, there are bands on that circuit that I LOVE
to hear, but many of the bands on the trad jazz circuit do mainly just
recreate old records. The other thing that I can't stand, to be honest, are
musicians who play the same solo every time they perform certain tunes. Jazz to
me, is all about creativity and improvisation. That is what really separates
it from other musical forms.
I am sorry I overlooked Irving Mayfield in my earlier post, because I
thoroughly enjoyed his playing and song selection and my heart broke for him
when he said his dad is still missing. I got to hear him lecture at the
SatchmoSummerFest in August. He was very articulate and likeable and was
able to convey from his standpoint of a trumpet player, what is so difficult
about the notes Louis played with little effort. Since I DON'T play, I
appreciated this information.
It is actually Irvin, and yes he is a true monster player. One of the best
young players in New Orleans today. Also a very articulate spokesman for
I sincerely hope that the monies raised from this PBS concert goes to the
New Orleans musicians who have lost their means of support.
If they give the funds to the Red Cross and Salvation Army, the money will
not get to the musicians. I was hoping they would start a different fund. I
have stated on this list TWICE now, about the fund that my nonprofit "Friends
of Big Band Jazz" has set up to go STRAIGHT to musicians, and have had
almost no response.
I DO listen to various styles of music at festivals with OPEN ears.
I am glad! Music and Jazz in particular are such a varied art forms, that
it would be a shame to limit oneself to only a couple of kinds.
Flower Mound, TX
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