[Dixielandjazz] What happened to Jazz?
tcashwigg at aol.com
tcashwigg at aol.com
Wed Jan 10 13:18:58 PST 2007
By the mid 1950s, rock and roll, had evolved from black rhythm and
with strong beats and sometimes risqué lyrics. The black audience had
neither been enamoured of 1930s style Dixieland, nor Bop. R & B written
blacks for blacks, also appealed to white teenagers, for whom listening
it over black-oriented radio stations late at night became a cult like
event. Aware of this emerging market, white performers and arrangers
to "cover "R & B songs, toning down the beat and cleaning up the lyrics.
E.G. "Ain't That a Shame," (1955) a rock hit by, "Fats" Domino, became
even bigger hit with a ballad-like cover by Pat Boone. This genre made
jazz players, e.g. Louis Prima, into major stars.
**In my opinion, this was more a Censorship issue forced upon the
public by the FCC and the powers that ran the media and Major record
labels and radio programming, They had to Pacify the Preachers who
were Praying down Hell Fire and Brimstone upon the players and
listeners who were trying to poison the minds of their and our parents
beloved teens and turn us all into moral less savages. For crying out
loud the girls were wearing Slacks and short shorts and cutting their
Then, along came Elvis, a charismatic white man who could sing with the
energy appeal of a black man, generating an enormous following among the
**Which by the way Ed Sullivan had real issues with in his musical
presentations if you recall.
Soon to be followed by The Beatles, the UK's most famous
musical export. No way was Jazz in any form going to be able to compete
that, unless merged into it like Miles' electric funk or fusion efforts.
> There are still dozens of jazz (OKOM) bands playing in the UK , more
> square mile than in the States I suspect, but it is mainly club gigs
> festivals. Festivals are well attended but few youngsters appear.
**Again a matter of marketing to them folks, they are constantly
searching for something new,
and this is definitely New to most of them.
Agree that bop split the "jazz" ranks etc., and that all sorts of
innovation, experimentation occurred to take "jazz" into different
directions. But the predominant jazz form today seems to be "smooth
here in the USA. Yeah, I know folks, some of us don't consider that as
"real" jazz, but then, we are neither the majority view, nor the folks
define "jazz" in the 21st Century, even IF we are right.
** If one take the time to listen to some of it with an open mind,
you will find
it very appealing to the advertising industry which controls the media
in the USA,
and Smooth Jazz works well and lends itself to that area as it is often,
not intrusive into the advertising message, and they are allowed to
listen to it, while working.
**Some of it is actually decent and enjoyable music, and some artists
finding success reaching backwards and updating old hit songs form the
60s, while others are,
trying to get their tunes to find their way into the bedrooms of young
folks who have no TV, in their bedrooms yet.
** I also believe that it is only a matter of time before some of the
smooth jazzers start to learn to take it back to dancing,
and we will see yet another surge in Jazz popularity, not unlike what
is happening now in the USA with the Swing Dancers Clubs.
> Thats my take on it . Probably way off beam. Exit stage left.
Your take is on beam IMO. Right now, "I'm humming Bird's "Now's The
Ditto; for my take on it guys:))
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