[Dixielandjazz] The Real Deals
tcashwigg at aol.com
tcashwigg at aol.com
Mon Jun 12 23:16:02 PDT 2006
Hi Steve and all:
Yes, it was a wonderful weekend in New York, to be instrumental in
producing the first Live Concert in a new venue concept like the Opus
Theater was indeed a wonderful opportunity and a challenge for me. A
unique new kind of venue created and operated by some young MBA types
who told me they had spent a lot of money on hiring Expert consultants
that produced no rewarding results. Then I cam in with a basic Blues
production for them and sell out their venue in three weeks time.
They are planning to open four more similar venues this year in
Houston., Dallas, Philadelphia and Boston so far and now want to make
them all live music venues. That alone made the weekend and the
project worthwhile for me.
Dan Ackroyd star from Saturday Night Live and the Blues Brothers asked
me to bring the same show to open the House Of Blues latest new club
expansion in Philadelphia in the Fall, and set up the situation to book
both of my acts into the entire International House of Blues Circuit.
we will also do more Shows in the near future for syndicated broadcast
on the House of Blues Radio Network.
There was also another manager at the show from a performing arts
center in Peekskill, N.Y. who approached me to book the show for their
theater as well as additional acts. So whooptee owl pucky some of you
might say especially those on the list who occasionally find disfavor
in me, but if you think for one minute that I did not pitch them on
bringing in a Traditional Jazz show next then you don't know me at all.
This theater is an absolute Perfect Place and venue to do such a show
and present it with as much class as the Lincoln Center, in one fo the
country's fourth largest Shopping Malls with about 23,000 visitors a
day milling around it.
Ironic that I go back in History and open the doors with Traditional
BLUES just like Blues traditionally opened the door for JAZZ, folks
history indeed does repeat itself over and over again, all we need to
do is pay attention when opportunity knocks on the door. Now if
anybody doubts what I just said, don't worry, there are at least three
Pizza parlors in that same Mall that will probably jump on the band
wagon and bring in a cheap Dixieland Band that will work for chump
change just to have a gig. But when I bring a Dixieland show into
that same theater it will be a first class show and will command good
dollars and sell out as well.
I have stated on this list time and time again that there are always
good gigs for Good acts and an audience willing to pay to see and hear
them. Treat this business like a business and it will indeed treat
you like one. This little gig was the equivalent of a typical Sunday
afternoon dixieland Jazz Society event folks, but promoted on a
Saturday Night, what was the difference, Two Very good acts and a
guest MC, a first class venue, and a good sponsor ( Harley Davidson
Motorcycles) who by the way had Two beautiful machines in the lobby
for folks to sit on and make pictures of themselves if the wished and
many many did just that. I hope my DJML friend who wrote that note to
Steve got her picture taken on that Hog , she could be the new poster
girl for OKOM with that photo. :)) And if she has one with the Saint
Gabriel's Shirt on I'll pay to print them ha ha.
It is indeed a pleasure and an honor for me to meet my DJML friends
where ever I go and can get the opportunity to do so, and when they
bring warm greetings from other DJMl friends who I respect greatly that
would have also come if they could have just to say hello, is enough to
keep me on this list of mostly great folks and I do cherish all of the
friends I have been fortunate enough to meet on here. and makes me
sad to remember some of them who have passed before I had the
opportunity to meet them in person. I sincerely wish I could one day
meet ever one of you personally, well OK most of you, :)) We may not
always agree on our personal views but that is no reason not to be
friends. There is a lot more to life and friendships than agreeing on
everything, heck if everybody agreed on everything what a
dull boring world we would live in, just sitting around nodding our
heads in our rocking chairs all day without saying anything provocative
or mentally stimulating to each other. :))
Life is simply too short to sweat the dumb stuff, "Let the Good Times
And Thanks Steve for the introduction to your friend who wrote you the
note she is a wonderful lady and a staunch Traditional Jazz Fan that
every band should have in their audience. It was my pleasure to meet
her and be able to enjoy her company in person and even better to turn
her on to another KOM that she enjoyed. She will be a friend that I
will cherish as long as we are both around and she will be welcome at
any of my shows or productions as long as she wishes to attend. She is
indeed the ultimate fan of good music. And to take time out of her
very busy schedule that weekend just to meet and spend a few hours
listening to music together was a real treat and pleasure for me.
Till we meet again, Keep jazzin lady and enjoy every minute of it.
From: Steve barbone <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
To: DJML <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Sun, 11 Jun 2006 23:27:02 -0400
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] The Real Deals
Sometimes, folks ask me if Tom Wiggins is the real deal. Well,
of an e-mail I received from a friend today:
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I left NJ JazzFest about 5 and arrived in Nyack at the Palisades Center
where I was privileged to see Prof. Tom Wiggins in action!!! He had
arranged for Bluesman Dwight Edwards and ensemble from Indiana to
Opus dinner/music theatre and 2nd set Chick Willis replaced Dwight
Dwight's ensemble! ( ten piece Blues Band ) I'm not a Blues
fan....but these guys are A-1 performers
and blew ME away. The whole thing was for Blues Radio - Dan
intro'd both sets.
It was great to meet Tom....and to see him in action....and he treated
like royalty! I have a picture of *us* I will send when I get a print.
good news is, he made contacts there to have him bring both acts to
area.....so I pray it's not coinciding with any of your gigs so you can
finally have a F2F with Tom (if you didn't already back when you were
and may have met and didn't know it).
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and another snip from it about young Jonathan Russell's performance with
Kenny Davern at the NJ Jazz Fest:
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NJ yesterday...two sets with Ed Polcer, Johnny Varro, Kenny Davern, Tom
Artin, Frank Tate, Jeff Brillinger and Yes...Jonathan Jazz! His arm
better...not 100% but he played 4 or five numbers each set. Kenny Davern
thought he could *get* Jonathan...and he found out.....NOT. I think
was blown away by Jonathan.....rare to see him (Kenny) humble. :o)
Jonathan had his CD for sale and of course, I have it.
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BTW, Kenny had a ball with young Jonathan, just ask him the next time
see him. Kenny said it was just about the most fun he has had playing,
years. I think perhaps "J" reminds Kenny of his own early career when
similarly, a young kid phenom in NYC.
Jonathan will be with Barbone Street for a double header on July 4th. A
quartet date, American Songbook, over lunch (violin, double bass,
clarinet) and the regular Dixieland Band on the Wilmington Riverfront
evening before fireworks.
We'll limit his violin performance time if his arm is not fully healed
make it up with his vocals. :-) VBG
Both gigs for him "by request" of the event producers who heard him
last year. Something about the audiences love him etc., in case you are
wondering if you should book him. :-) VBG
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