[Dixielandjazz] Adding Youthful members / or audiences

Phil Wilking philwilking at bellsouth.net
Wed May 26 14:54:54 PDT 2010

Sounds very similar to what I read about Lu Watters in the late 1930's.

He was playing his interpretations of King Oliver type tunes to packed 
houses of college kids while the other bands were wandering off into bee-bop 
never-never land. The other band leaders complained to him about how 
old-fashioned his band was and generally said "Why don't you play what we 

His answer (to paraphrase) was: I am playing what I like and filling the 
place; you are playing your stuff to empty houses. I think I'll keep on 
doing things my way.

Phil Wilking

Those who would exchange freedom for
security deserve neither freedom nor security.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stephen G Barbone" <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
> And yes, throw Mardi Gras beads. Many bands/leaders dissed our  throwing 
> of beads at public gigs. Too bad. Those bands aren't working,  or are 
> working for peanuts, while we are turning down gigs because  we're just 
> too damn old to take them all.

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