[Dixielandjazz] "...playing a jag-time tune..."

r.r.wheeler at att.net r.r.wheeler at att.net
Mon Jun 26 08:45:13 PDT 2006


I can't attest to its 'rightness' or 'wrongness', but I'm a big fan of Service and every collection, version, etc of his that contains "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" has it as "jag-time".  Could it be that the period was when ragtime was fading and jazz gaining popularity and this was a 'jazzy-ragtime' sorta thing?

I'm sure Jim will find something appropriate for the occasion.  Couldn't hurt for him to read a little Service to get him in the right spirit.  Besides 'McGrew', I'd recommend "The Cremation of Sam McGee" and "The Ballad of Blasphemous Bill".  Great stuff.

Best to all,

Ron Wheeler

-------------- Original message from "Bob Romans" <cellblk7 at comcast.net>: -------------- 

> In the Robert Service poem, "The Shooting Of Dan McGrew", he writes, "the kid 
> that handles the music box was playing a jag-time tune". Now, what the hell is a 
> jag-time tune, and was it a misprint that should have said "ragtime tune"? 
> The reason I ask is yesterday I discovered that our very own wonderful "Mr. Play 
> Everything", Jim Maihack, is heading to Skagway, Alaska, right after the 4th of 
> July to play honky-tonk piano in the Red Onion Saloon until the end August, and 
> when I drop in on him sometime this summer, I want to request a "jag-time tune", 
> and pretend that I'm in the Malamute Saloon...in Dawson! 
> Anyone want to attempt an answer? 
> Warmest regards, 
> Bob Romans, 
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> Lodi, Calif., 95242 
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