[Dixielandjazz] Some People Want To Dance
jdrobertson at att.net
Tue Jan 2 14:28:05 PST 2007
Reminds me of some of the "company" parties I used to drag my wife to,
except it was endless badly distorted guitar chords, and lots of drums.
On the other hand, this year, I was privileged to attend one of the best
NYE events I can remember. Some of our friends organized it at a small
Thai restaurant with a back room dance floor and small band stand. We
had a great dixieland band, Ted Shafer's Jelly Roll Jazz Band with
listmate Jim O'Briant on tuba. The band was perfect for the venue, the
crowd (78 people), the tune selection and the ambiance made it a very
enjoyable evening. The dance floor did get a little crowded.
Actually, the local okom dance scene around here is pretty good
throughout the year with three active dixieland societies and a couple
more regular monthly dances all with large dance floors and good bands
to choose from. Just the ever present and much discussed question of
how to recruit younger folks.
DWSI at aol.com wrote:
> Our New Year's Eve dinner party opened my eyes. My wife, mother-in-law, and
> I attended a country club gala with a "7 piece live orchestra" and we were
> excited. My wife and mother-in-law love to dance. I mean really dance. We
> shouldn't have gone. The 7 pieces centered on a loud, very bop-oriented sax
> player, with a very strong, (one beat), drummer. Now, don't get me wrong. I
> understand why musicians must practice their scales. But aren't we supposed do that
> when we're alone, instead of all night long, on a so-called, "dance job?"
> With two song exceptions, this 7-piece "orchestra" focused on the same
> up-and-down-the-scales sax solo, (at best approaching a poor man's Blues' Brothers
> feeling), with all the old folks, (like me), moving-but not really dancing-on
> the alledged dance floor. Even my sweet mother-in-law, who is very forgiving
> and kind, said it was "jiggle" music, not dance music; you go out on the dance
> floor and jiggle around. My point is a simple one. Isn't there a huge market
> for OKOM dance occasions? I used to dance to Dixie and even Ragtime, not to
> mention the world of other OKOM varieties. My god! Whatever happened to
> booking OKOM for dancing? What am I not getting? And why is a bopper even playing a
> dance job?
> Dan (backup piano) Spink
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