[Dixielandjazz] Struck by a Comment

Jerry Gordon jerrygordon at juno.com
Tue Mar 24 14:14:37 PDT 2009

If we didn't avoid the J-word, then maybe "civilians" would begin to
understand some of what it encompasses.

Jerry Gordon, Troy, NY - Webmaster for http://APlaceForJazz.org  

No trees were injured in the creation of this email, but a large number
of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

On Tue, 24 Mar 2009 13:58:01 -0700 (PDT) Kevin Yeates <kyeates at yahoo.com>
> " A friendly senior lady  quickly responded, "Oh, no, I don't want to 
> hear any jazz.  Only music  where I can recognize the tune."
>  I love this comment as a similar thing happened at a gig last 
> weekend.  We were playing trad jazz and during the break I got 
> talking with a couple in their early 30's. They said they loved the 
> music style  and wanted to know what it is called. I told them 
> "Dixie" or "Traditional Jazz".  The response was immediate. "No, no, 
> this can't be jazz.  There's a recognizable tune in every piece you 
> played."
> I have explained to people that the term "jazz" is as broad as the 
> term "dog".   A Great Dane and a Chihuahua don't look or sound much 
> alike, but they are both dogs. Same thing goes with jazz.  That's 
> why I very rarely call it Trad Jazz. I call it Dixie, New Orleans 
> sound,  or "upbeat and fun", but I avoid the jazz word.
> Kevin Yeates
> Vancouver, Canada

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