[Dixielandjazz] HOW ABOUT EXPANDING OKOM REPERTOIRE?
L Patrick Briody
lpbriody at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 14 13:38:33 PDT 2007
I think there's double-edged sword here. On the one hand, most audiences, unfamiliar with the more sophisticated and lesser known OKOM tunes, would rather hear something familiar - that the even know the lyrics to. "Saints" is the classic example.
On the other hand, folks more "in-tune" with OKOM prefer to play and hear more sophisticated, lesser-known tunes.
As Don points out and I would endorse. one approach to bridging the gap is to play other genres in trad style. He suggested broadway tunes. Another would be straight pop. I recently heard a version on "Mona Lisa" by the Independence Hall Jazz Band that was absolutely terrific.
Not sure about opera though.
DWSI at aol.com wrote:
To all the hard working bands out there, I'd love to hear your opinion about
what I hope you won't call a dumb idea. It seems to me that OKOM's appeal
could be broadened considerably by augmenting the list of songs played. Does
anyone venture into the 60's through 90's guitar-based repertoire and do it in
Dixie style, for example? When I played piano in a Dixie band we would
occasionally do Broadway show tunes in Dixie style (even before Louie's Hello
Dolly) and it worked. Am I stating the obvious that everyone does already or is
there room for new experimentation here?
Dan (backup piano) Spink
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