[Dixielandjazz] What happened to Jazz?

Larry Walton Entertainment - St. Louis larrys.bands at charter.net
Fri Jan 12 14:11:48 PST 2007

Well I know I might be jumping into a hornet's nest but if a person is 
standing up improvising words to rhythm then it's a form of jazz.  It's like 
a singer improvising scat to music.  Most would agree, I think, that scat is 
a form of vocal jazz that doesn't even have words and may even be easier to 
do than Rap.

Today IMHO music splinters so easily due to the ability of the artists to 
turn out CD's  Virtually anyone with a few hundred bucks can do a pretty 
good job and anyone with a computer can turn out CD's.

When a few people clump around a style you have the possibility of another 
splinter style.  99.9% really don't go anywhere and die on the vine but then 
again 0.1% is better odds than buying a lottery ticket.

Last year I did a Christmas CD complete with fold out label for less than a 
dollar.  It was cheaper than buying a Christmas card.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike" <mike at railroadstjazzwest.com>
To: "DJML" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2007 9:37 PM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] What happened to Jazz?

> Larry Walton Entertainment - St. Louis wrote:
> I don't think I put a time line on it exactly but when there is
> money to
>> be made it's interesting how popular something gets. You are right about
>> white fans and musicians from the beginning also I didn't say anything
>> about Funk.
> Yes that is true about the money thing. People jumped in on the
> rap bandwagon rather quickly. Rap has always had the raunchy
> part from almost the beginning but when it went hardcore(gangsta
> rap) it lost a lot of fans. Nevertheless, rap has remained
> popular and it looks as if it will remain that way for the
> moment. Mostly this has to do with it having splintered into so
> many subgenres(far to many to mention here but the number is
> over 10). Another angle of it is that people like the rhythm in
> rap music. Ive found that people will totally ignore a song's
> lyrics if the beat is attractive enough. When it comes to rap
> there's something there for just about anyone. There's also been
> several attempts to fuse jazz with rap music (as Steve Barbone
> mentioned in a earlier thread a few weeks back).
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