[Dixielandjazz] "Good Old days"
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Mon Oct 23 11:43:28 PDT 2006
Thank you, Joe, for the nice report on the Boondockers performance for the
Lindy Hoppers in Phoenix last month.
We had a terrific time! I think the average amount of time spent by the band
between numbers was about 7 or 8 seconds.
I love playing for dancers. When the floor is crowded you know you're doing
something right. I think it may have been Lu Watters who made the comment
that our music was made for dancing. Whoever it was . . . I believe him (or
Speaking of dancing to the rhythms of a washboard - what's the surprise?
The washboard is simply a percussion instrument like a snare drum or any
other device you hit to produce a sound. I add a splash cymbal and a wood
block for variety. The splash cymbal is great for off beat chops behind a
cornet or trombone solo. The wood block sounds good occasionally behind a
Anyway, a good drummer can produce wonderful rhythms on the bottoms of pots,
pans, boxes or whatever is at hand. It's not the ax . . . it's the skill of
the guy with the stick. Check with Ralf Reynolds or listen to the things Bob
Raggio (South Frisco J.B.) or Stephen Joseph (Uptown Lowdown J.B.) did with
a washboard. Bob and Stephen are gone now, but their music is still hangin'
Which brings up another point. People respect a percussionist because he's
the one with the hammer!
Bill "knock, bang, beep, flick, boom, chucky-yucky yuck, boing, tick-tick"
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>Subject: [Dixielandjazz] "Good Old days"
>Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2006 13:21:52 EDT
>I could not disagree more with Steve....our Lindy Hoppers here in the
>Phoenix area long for the good old days at the Savoy Ballroom with Chick
>his guys along with all the bands of that era. They are less interested in
>"Cherry Poppin Daddys" and the like. They bring Frankie Manning to Phoenix
>workshop every year and the place is packed when they schedule Frankie to
>simply sit on stage and reminisce about the 20's and 30's at the Savoy
>in New York.
>By the way, we brought the Boondockers with Edgerton, Ringwald, Gunter and
>the gang to play for the AZ Classic Jazz Society on a Sunday afternoon in
>September.....on Sat night we had them play for the Lindy Hoppers....the
>loved it! They could not believe they were dancing to rhythms provided by a
>washboard.....way to go Bill Gunter!
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