[Dixielandjazz] New Orleans Jazz Bands
marekboym at gmail.com
Wed May 9 13:20:11 PDT 2012
"Perhaps you misunderstand the term "White New Orleans" bands as used
to describe a style. The term as used by descriptors, refers to style
of music and not to where the musicians are from... "
As usual, we do not agree (it's already happened that we did, and it
really worried me). I can only listen with my own ears, even if you
don't trust them. And they tell me that the various Red Nichols bands
neve sounded anything like the white NO bands. The Memphis 5 tried,
but did not suceed - it created a different style (which reminds me of
the West Coast revival and the British revival, which is like it
I have never heard of the OM5 issuing records under the ODJB name, but
I am prepared (against my better judgement?) to take you word for it.
Be it as it may, I love them all, despite the critics who described
Red Nichols as "mediocre."
On 9 May 2012 18:27, Stephen G Barbone <barbonestreet at earthlink.net> wrote:
> On May 8, 2012, at 5:44 PM, Marek Boym wrote:
>> May I respectfully point out that neither the Original Memphis Five
>> nor Red Nichols were from New Orleans, and while the former, at least
>> at the beginning, tried to emulate the ODJB, the latter never did.
>> The other whlte bands mentioned were, indeed, from New Orleans.
>> On 8 May 2012 23:53, Stephen G Barbone <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
>> wrote: (snip)
>>> 3. White New Orleans: Bands and the musicians in them like ODJB, Original
>>> Memphis Five, Red Nichols NORK, Halfway House, etc. While this style
>>> to has almost disappeared, their repertoire lives on among all
>>> who play those tunes the ODJB takes composer credit for. And many white
>>> musicians got their start by listening and idolizing ODJB (Like Bix)
> Dear Marek:
> Perhaps you misunderstand the term "White New Orleans" bands as used to
> describe a style. The term as used by descriptors, refers to style of music
> and not to where the musicians are from e.g. Folks describe my band as
> playing Chicago Style and none of us are from Chicago. And folks say Woody
> Allen plays new Orleans Jazz when he is not from New Orleans.
> Style descriptions are not meant to describe "copy cat" bands. Thus it makes
> little difference as to whether or not the Original Memphis Five "tried to
> emulate the ODJB". But as you know, Frank Signorelli, co-founder of the
> original Memphis Five had also been a member of ODJB. And, if memory serves
> me correctly, the first record released by the OMF, was released under the
> name ODJB, with Nick LaRocca's approval, after his ODJB disbanded in 1922.
> Steve Barbone
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