[Dixielandjazz] Free gift for you...

Stephen G Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Fri Oct 29 08:24:41 PDT 2010

On Oct 28, 2010, at 6:04 PM, Steve Heist wrote:

> Hi all,
> I have the swingingest MP3 file - believe it or not a Cole Porter  
> song with a trad style band backing it...  After all this song is  
> from 1928!  If bands don't start playing this one, it would be a BIG  
> waste...
> You just gotta hear this...
> If you can accept a 4.7 meg file, contact me off list.  Let me know  
> and I'll send it to you...
> ALL the Very Best
> Steve Heist

Hey Steve

Thanks for the offer. Please send me the mp3. We play a lot of Cole  
Porter in Dixieland style now. Our older members played a lot of gigs  
with Howard Lanin, Lester's brother who in the decades after WW 2 had  
the cream of the Philadelphia Society gig market.

Much of that dance music was Dixieland based American Songbook from  
Cole Porter, Gershwin, MacHugh Berlin et al, to the show tunes of  
Richard Rogers and the like. The society folks around here learned to  
dance to that "businessman's two step. These songs are still VERY  
popular with the 40 to 80 year old audience, generally and the 20 to  
80 year old society folks.

And so bands like Lester and Howard Lanin's hired quite a few  
Dixieland musicians back then to swing the Society folks. And the  
Dixielanders like Pee Wee Erwin, Eddie Condon, et al were from time to  
time,able to make some serious money at weddings and private parties  
as opposed to the peanuts they got from pure jazz gigs.

One of the reason Barbone Street gets more gigs than competing  
Dixieland Bands in this area is because we play American Songbook  
tunes with a Dixieland style to that market segment. It is music that  
the AUDIENCE recognizes and helps build a demand for the band

Steve Barbone

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