[Dixielandjazz] New Orleans Help
tcashwigg at aol.com
tcashwigg at aol.com
Fri Jan 26 20:55:23 PST 2007
Bless you Jeff Mathews;
It is wonderful to see another practitioner inspired to at least try
and make a difference, if I die tonight I will have a smile on my face
that someone else has picked up the challenge.
I of course will give all the advise and help I can, And Yes indeed IT
can be done, if we all but get on board the train and keep it stoked
with fuel to roll down the track.
Re: New Orleans relief efforts: There has of course been some, but
these things tend to be washed over regarding good things happening, it
is far more popular to report scandals and bad news. I do not know
where those folks sent the money, nor how well it is or has been
distributed, but there are some musicians that have benefited from it.
If it does nothing more than at least provide some funding for them to
get some paid gigs it will not be in vain. The smarter better
connected Musicians will of course always find the money first and get
as much as they can while others sit around waiting to be found.
Tell your friend to check with Tipitinas Foundation, I think they have
done a lot, and there was another organization down there giving out
Replacement instruments to players who lost theirs that in itself could
eat up a lot of the money, even though some of them were donated.
Our listmates living in New Orleans could probably check up on it and
report better than i can.
From: Jeffmatthews111 at aol.com
To: dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com
Sent: Fri, 26 Jan 2007 7:18 AM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] New Orleans Help
I was talking to a musician friend here in the UK yesterday. He has
New Orleans over 25 times and loves the jazz, the city and the people
a good number of contacts there.
He was mentioning the money that had been raised around various jazz
he attends that has been sent to New Orleans to help musicians, etc.
there have been no reports back to say if the money had actually
and if it was being used to help the people it was intended for. He
to enquire of you guys on the list to see if you have heard of these
arriving in New Orleans yet.
I am putting together a website for my own band plus with links to
information and products which are of interest to 'our audience'. This
result of writing an email to a jazz magazine which was published in
2007. Advice on content and direction sought.
My stance here in the UK is that rather than only, only, trying to get
people into this jazz style(s), that there are many musicians in the
bracket who want to play this music and will get their instruments out
the cellar/garage and start playing again if given the chance. These
will then attend concerts and festivals to hear the 'good guys' and how
really play. They will buy countless C.D.'s as I do. They will also
themselves and spread the message that OKOM is good music and fun. The
will grow and more exposure will be given, if slowly, to this music.
and Radio will catch on to good jazz again and lose (in the UK) its
the money it can persuade young people to part with.
By the way, I invite young people to sit in with my band too when they
play and do not offend the ears of the band or the audience or
themselves family or friends. Older people too get a look in as I did
when I was
re-starting playing. I am so grateful for the opportunity I was given.
I suggested that bands in the UK could 'register' their acceptance of
occaisional 'sitter in' who was competant to play and that there should
register of 'mentor musicians', not necessarily music teachers at all
would help with this education of new want to be players. It seems to
that this is the way many of our hero players learnt their trade - by
next to great players who passed on the trade.
I hope my website, if I can get it built, will house this type of
I also suggested that some of the hero players whose L.P's and C.D.'s
have bought over the years and whose concerts we have attended might
'give a little back' by helping others coming up the ladder. I see
happening all of the time on the list via wonderful tips from Steve and
others. Thank you for that gentlemen.
By the way, I was talking with a great clarinet player from the trad
(and current) recently, a real pro player and he was extremely generous
advice. It can be done.
OK, this is not the total answer, but it is a step, I feel in the right
Guys, please be positive in your feedback. Thank you.
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