[Dixielandjazz] Fwd: Woody Allen - Part Two

Eddy greenmeat at mac.com
Fri Jun 4 19:35:04 PDT 2010

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> From: Eddy <greenmeat at mac.com>
> Date: June 4, 2010 10:33:54 PM EDT
> To: JBruno868 at aol.com
> Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Woody Allen - Part Two
> OK, I've stayed out of this just too long! Judie, just who are all these people you are talking about that says "it's for the money", "because it's sure not the music or the fun of it when they toured or play with Woody". I believe you just speak out of the wrong part of your body too much! I have been associated with Woody for many many years now and nobody is higher paid then me and my fellow musicians! As for playing ability, who in the hell are you and what do you play? Maybe if you're that good I should hire you for the band. You obviously never did read the 5 pages of the interview. There are many of us in New York City that know something about what we are talking about. BUT, I sure you have a chip on your shoulder about New York and it's players also. NOW, please, (I beg of you) if you can back up your statements about all of these people that had so much trouble and no fun playing with us speak now -- or forever hold your peace!!!! Eddy Davis (70 years old and played this music professionally all of my life!)
> On Jun 4, 2010, at 10:10 PM, JBruno868 at aol.com wrote:
>> In a message dated 6/4/2010 5:33:32 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
>> barbonestreet at earthlink.net writes:
>> You  built up a false set of expectations about the man, expecting perhaps 
>> the  second coming of Johnny Dodds.
>> No there you are wrong Steve. My expatiations came from  watching his video 
>> of his tour in Europe when an old friend  of mine was playing trombone with 
>> him. Had he played to at least that level I  would have been OK but he did 
>> not, what 3-5 years later. I forget now when I saw  the video. I might also 
>> had thought he would have improved since his tour but  instead, he was very 
>> much worse. If you say any musician can have a bad night,  that I agree with 
>> but to go down that low and still be paid to perform, is very  sad.
>> I have said it was a very sad disappointment. It wasn't a  matter so much 
>> of the money but I had bought the tickets for my mom for  Christmas as her 
>> gift and we were both looking forward to the evening. I would  have been just 
>> as disappointed had I paid $10 to see him and would have walked  or rolled 
>> in my case out just as quickly. It may very well be that my hearing is  over 
>> sensitive but I have never walked out on a band before because I couldn't  
>> stand the sound and that includes a lot of bands playing OKOM. After  
>> attending Jazz Festivals, concerts, practice gigs, Jazz Clubs, etc for  over 35 
>> years now, I have heard a lot of bands. Some good and some not so good  but 
>> none as bad as this one player or the sound that came out of his horn and  who 
>> got paid to play and should be sent to the practice room of any Jazz Club  
>> before playing in public. In my opinion again of course. I am happy that the  
>> musician he hires are getting good pay to play with him and I have talked 
>> to  more than a few and they all say "It's the money" because it's sure not 
>> the  music or the fun of it when they tour or play with Woody. Now, this is  
>> not just my opinion but the same as those who play with him so I feel I'm on 
>> pretty good ground here with this opinion.
>> Let me ask again, if he were anyone else but Woody Allen, a no  body you 
>> had never met before, would any band leader here, hire him after  listening to 
>> him play?
>> Jazz Hugs
>> Judie
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