[Dixielandjazz] Old stuff that we cherish
l.swain at comcast.net
Mon Jun 5 20:05:42 PDT 2006
Steve the B wrote:
> I can remember hearing Dixieland on the radio while in grammar school
> and high school in NYC. Several afternoon shows featured it. From 1945
> Today, almost all of that is forgotten except by us gray beards, It
> was a grand time of wine, women and song when jazz was both visceral
> and danceable. And, the music of choice at High Schools and Colleges.
> Too bad we can't go home again.
I heard it, too. I put together a small band, that played "standards" and Dixie tunes in the
early 50's. and worked thru high school and college -- we were all mesmorized by the
stuff we heard then in the 50's OKOM revival, and we played the stuff. I loved it from the
start, and have never stopped loving it. More and more, as the years roll by.
Been playing ever since -- been "the backup pianner player of last resort" for a few area
bands for the past few years, and couldn't be loving it more. Have a new granddaughter
of 16 mo who loves this music (I play ir for her, and she dances to it), and you can likely
imagine how I'll deal with that...
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