[Dixielandjazz] FW: Swing Dancers & Young Audiences

Cees van den Heuvel heu at bart.nl
Mon Oct 23 14:09:47 PDT 2006

Addendum: I sang the menu and it worked very well
it's a gimmick, but within jazz: improvisation.
By gimmicks I meant: playing tunes that have no relation
to jazz. A jazz band playing e.g. a tango, no problem. But
a jazz band only playing pop songs, tango's, doing raps,
hiphop, Louis Prima stuff, just to please the audience and
forsaking jazz, is for me, the wrong path. Slipping in some
of that to please the audience: no problem. It's a question
of balance where the emphasis must remain on jazz, i.m.h.o.

Cees van den Heuvel

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Kashishian" <jim at kashprod.com>
To: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Monday, October 23, 2006 10:52 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] FW: Swing Dancers & Young Audiences

>>Just give it all you've got, don't sell out to gimmicks and play your 
> out. Purity will always survive.
> Cees van den Heuvel
> Agreed, Cees, but would add that gimmicks are fine, as long as you add in
> the second part of your sentence "play your heart out".  Gimmicks catch 
> the
> people, draw their attention to the music.  No harm in that, as long as
> you're someone that can pull the gimmicks off well.  Gimmicks in place of
> the musicianship is a no-no.
> Jim
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