[Dixielandjazz] "Visions of Jazz" by Gary Giddens and Early Jazz

D and R Hardie darnhard at ozemail.com.au
Tue Mar 3 17:06:53 PST 2009

Hi Dave
               It's a strange book, but he does emphasise in his early 
pages the close connection between early jazz and minstrel/ pop/ stage 
cum tin pan alley roots, something Tom Morgan has been exploring for a 
long time, (and Bolden does get a word or two). A close look at the 
Bolden repertoire would convince you of the connection - coon and comic 
songs from  the stage mixed with love songs, alley songs, quadrilles, 
blues and Classical Rags.
              My violinist asked: "Why are we playing this it's parlour 
music?" He meant the pop song Lazy Moon 1903, a song believed to have 
been one of Buddy Bolden's favourites, straight from the pen of the 
stage writers Bob Cole and Rosamond Johnson. Early jazz was on the cusp 
of the modern era, not quite there.
Dan Hardie

On Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at 05:56  AM, David Richoux wrote:

> Hi all,
> While I was checking on "Blue Tail Fly" jazz song versions I came 
> across this book: Visions of Jazz By Gary Giddins.  There is some very 
> interesting commentary on the first century of jazz here - you can 
> read lots of it on books.google.com (if you have a free account.)
> http://tinyurl.com/alt5cl  will send you to it...
> Dave Richoux
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