[Dixielandjazz] Jazz History
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Sun May 6 20:31:40 PDT 2012
Polite snip from Stan's posts.
"A Bach toccata would never be
performed in a romantic style."
Never Say Never we do not know the improvisational minds of all future musicians. :))
If we did OKOM would still be King of the Hill.
Who would have ever dreamed where the United Airlines Themes song would have come from..... certainly not it's composer :))
A Bach toccata would never be
performed in a romantic style.
From: Stan Brager <sbrager at verizon.net>
To: B.B. Buffington <dixiejazzdata at aol.com>
Cc: Dixieland Jazz Mailing List <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Sun, May 6, 2012 12:29 pm
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Jazz History
First of all, I'd like to thank all of you who contributed your thoughts on
my quest to present the "jazz" portion of a music appreciation class for a
local community college.
While "classical" or "serious" music is based upon unique compositions
written in a specific style (classical, romantic, whole tone, etc.), jazz
tends to be, generally, performer based. A Bach toccata would never be
performed in a romantic style. On the other hand, in jazz, any composition
can be played in any style the jazz performer wishes. This was my thought
for structuring the class around performances of "St. Louis Blues" from the
early days of jazz to later styles. For the non-jazz listener, the rhythmic
changes from blues to tango and back adds an interesting hook. Furthermore,
for today's pop music listener, the lyrics will afford a comfortable access
to the music.
Here's a list of the versions from which I'll make the presentation:
James Reese Europe
Paragon Ragtime Orchestra - "Jogo Blues" (Handy's precursor to "St. Louis
Metronome All Stars w/Billy Eckstine
Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra
John Kirby w/Maxine Sullivan
Jack Teagarden's Big Eight
Benny Goodman (On The Air version)
Charlie Bird Trio
St. Louis Ragtimers
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