[Dixielandjazz] Playing before young audiences

Mike millward at bigfoot.com
Thu Sep 7 09:11:36 PDT 2006

Steve and others, 
Glad you had such a great time in Elat.
We are trying to get a festival going in Ogden, UT. This year was our 2nd
and we had great bands/music but very poor attendance - although better than
last year. I exposed 3 friends who said they didn't particularly care for
Dixieland but obviously didn't really know what it was because they were
crazy about it after hearing it and are now fans. I think lack of knowledge
about Dixieland is a real issue.
In the Ogden area there are several "institutions of higher education" as
well as the usual high schools etc.
Do you have any specific ideas about marketing so that we can increase our
audience and especially the youth.

Mike Millward
a dyed in the wool trad jazz fan

millward at bigfoot.com

-----Original Message-----
From: dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com
[mailto:dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com] On Behalf Of Steve Barbone
Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 8:56 AM
To: DJML; JohnWilder at Comcast.net
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Playing before young audiences

David Richoux tubaman at tubatoast.com wrote

>Ginny, and all,

>There is something so energizing about playing for a "young and 
>foreign" audience! I have done this many times with the California 
>Repercussions "big band" in many countries and cities all over the 
>world and I know how the "Ambassadors of New Orleans" feel.

>It is not the same as playing that regular  gig or a "normal" OKOM 

>So you need to cut the guys some slack and let them cool off after what 
>looks like  a very successful gig!


But the interesting part is that the reception the Ambassadors got in Israel
is quite similar to the reception Barbone Street gets in the United States
on a regular basis when we play gigs for young audiences.

That's what I've been trying to impart to the DJML for several years, much
to the dismay of some folks who mischaracterize it.

When Buddy Apfel said to me: "Man these audiences are different", I said
back: "No, they aren't, we get this same reaction in the USA many times a

Cases in point:

1) Louis Armstrong Birthday Bash at Sydney's in Rehoboth.

2) Numerous swing dances at Universities in the area.

3) Weddings

4) Modern Jazz Festivals (Berks, Clifford Brown, Dover Downs etc)

5) Casino dates 

6) Private parties

The only difference in Israel was the size of the young audience. And the
fact that they love Americans per se. Other than that the demographics were
the same. Age; - Young, Knowledge of Dixieland; almost nil. Etc.

If anyone has any questions about what happened in Israel, and why it
happened, you might ask impartial observer/pianist John Wilder.

<JohnWilder at Comcast.net>

Steve Barbone

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