[Dixielandjazz] Struck by a comment
Stephen G Barbone
barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Tue Mar 24 07:21:12 PDT 2009
> Gluetje1 at aol.com wrote
> This morning I was in a locker room of ladies making small talk
> while we
> prepared for a fitness class. I spoke some unrecalled sentence
> which contained
> a reference to listening to jazz. A friendly senior lady quickly
> "Oh, no, I don't want to hear any jazz. Only music where I can
> recognize the
> tune." The incident made me wonder if we do ourselves any favors
> in seeking
> audiences by still using the word jazz when we describe what we do.
> Actually in this area jazz is almost always used to refer to music
> created later
> than 1940. I did tell her that I offered a guarantee she could
> recognize most
> any tune I played and sing along if she wished.
That's the trouble with many seniors. They don't know what jazz is.
As you know, my band courts the young audiences in our area
(Philadelphia metro). We promote Dixieland Jazz. For listening,
dancing, drinking to, foot tapping, getting involved with the band,
etc., which they understand. We've been doing it for 15 years or so.
It works for us and we get lots of gigs.
I also work as a sideman for a 22 year old pianist/singer/showman
named Drew Nugent. He does the Fats Waller book plus other songs of
the 1920s/1930s. He promotes it as jazz. It works for him and he gets
lots of gigs.
I also work as a sideman in a couple of other Dixieland Bands in this
area. They promote Dixieland to old folks. It does NOT work for them
and they DON'T get many gigs. Because that audience is either dying
off, or doesn't get around much anymore.
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