[Dixielandjazz] Whiteman controversy
Gary Lawrence Murphy
garym at teledyn.com
Mon Jan 21 08:19:10 PST 2013
When Joe Oliver was billed as 'King' there was already several others,
including Bunk Johnson; it's my guess it really means more like how the
Rastafarians call *every* adult male '*Ras*' (meaning 'king') -- besides,
in the case of Whiteman, in that era, if I'm not mistake, *every* product
was billed with superlatives.
Whiteman did push Gershwin to debut *Rhapsody in Blue* and so maybe he was
a king in sense of the crusading King Richard III, in that he didn't do
much in the way of governing and leading the country of Jazz, but he did
pour a lot of money into Jazz R&D, and maybe did do a lot to open new trade
On Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 7:18 AM, Marek Boym <marekboym at gmail.com> wrote:
> But that's what people in Poland and Israel thought of RnR and Calypso!
> After all, had Whiteman not been considered a jazz player, he would
> not have been crowned as
> the king of jazz, " would he?
> On 21 January 2013 02:12, Judy Eames <jude at judyeames.co.uk> wrote:
> > On 20/01/2013 21:44, Marek Boym wrote:
> >> Does a magazine description of music as "jazz" make it such?
> > These are, in part, reports of how people in the US and UK were
> > Whiteman not the editor's opinion. The MM was the pro musicians'
> > not just any old magazine. Jazz has many interpretations but who are we
> > getting on for 90 years later to say that their description was wrong?
> > Over and out I think
> > Jude
> > www.jude at judyeames.co.uk
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