[Dixielandjazz] New Orleans Function
marekboym at gmail.com
Wed Jun 23 15:55:22 PDT 2010
Tonight, yet again, we went to hear the youthful New Orleans Function.
Tha bands needs an audience! Last week it was on the radio -
apparently perfect conditions, but it sounded much better tonight
playing for the public.
The Inbal Multi-Field Ethnic Centre hall was not full to capacity (but
nearly so), but most of the audience was YOUNG! While I am not
pretending there were no older people, I, at 69, might well have been
the oldest person there. There were peole of various ages, but young
followers of the band predominated. As I have said in previous
correspondence: it starts with dancing, but eventually leads to more
serious listening. I do not delude myself that all those people will
become jazz fans, but it's more than likely that some will. However,
if the others stay interested enough to attend jazz performances from
time to time, that would be most satisfactory.
I liked the way Bill Bailey started with Arnon de Bouton's wah wah
trombone solo - an allusion to Bill's being turned out with a slide
trombone, and not a fine tooth comb?
The band played two encores, the first one being not only exceptional
but also different: Balling the Jack played just by trombone, banjo
and drums; only towards the end the other instruments (trumpet.
clarinet and double bass) came in. The other one was a well played
Just a Closer Walk.
A very enjoyable evening - but then, so were all the other times I had
heard the band.
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