[Dixielandjazz] Don Rayno interviewed - A Full Portrait of Jazz Great Paul Whiteman
marekboym at gmail.com
Fri Jan 18 09:20:44 PST 2013
I am afraid, Jude, that only a small portion of Whiteman's huge output
could, even loosesly, be described as "jazz." A lot could, but the
majority could not. And the later bands certaqinly could not compare
to either white or black contemporaries. The Whiteman band was there
to entertain, play for dancing, and that it did. Jazz is a bit more
than that, though.
Still, as I've said, quite a bit of Whiteman' output is worht listenig
for its jazz content, most of it - without Bix. In view ofthe jazz
literature, I was amazed to find that out.
On 18 January 2013 15:08, Judy Eames <jude at judyeames.co.uk> wrote:
> On 17/01/2013 23:16, Marek Boym wrote:
>> All that is true, but, neverhteless, Whiteman, although instrumental
>> to the development of white jazz, was neither the king of jazz (a
>> title he did not create) nor a jazz giant.
> In the context of "now" maybe not but in his day he probably was. He
> featured a lot in the British "Melody Maker" and his concerts were a
> sell-out. I know this because we've got 12 volumes 1926 to 1931. He came
> here ... not sure when, but we're pretty snowbound here in Oxfordshire UK so
> I'll see what else I can find out.
> Wish we were on the cruise.
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