[Dixielandjazz] New Orleans vs "other" styles
jim at kashprod.com
Fri Jul 25 10:38:43 PDT 2008
I wondered if there was going to be more discussion by the pros on
differences within styles of OKOM. How about a breakdown of the differences
by those who play it, please.
Mart, I play it, but don't really like to concern myself too much with what
"it" is. So, I'm the last one to get into such a discussion. Our band,
which is now in its 41st year of steady playing, plays jazz clubs, formal
hotel lounges, large format concerts (up to 10,000 on numerous occassions),
weddings, (& Royal weddings!), company parties, birthdays, garden parties,
building dedications, etc., etc. Our style changes with the occasion & even
with the different nitely crowd.
Although I was nurtured on Turk, Watters, FH5+2, etc., I took an early
liking to the Dukes of Dixieland (late 1950's). Later, after arriving in
Madrid in 1966, and being exposed to European ideas of jazz, particularly
our ex-sop sax who was French & very Sydney B. orientated, my ideas opened
We play old tunes (up to the 1960's), heavily based in N.O or Dixieland or
Trad Jazz (or whatever term is prefered) with a lightly swinging rhythm
section of piano, bass & drums. We don't march, but we play marches! We
don't dance, but we play dance tunes. What we do do, to quote Clark Terry,
is: after having imitated in our earlier years, assimilated after that, and
hopefully are now innovative. And, swinging!
Not much more to be said. No pidgeon holes, I'm afraid.
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