[Dixielandjazz] New Orleans Jazz Club; Old Folks
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Fri Oct 19 21:31:19 EDT 2018
On 10/19/2018 12:36 PM, Charles Suhor wrote:
> Agree, Phil, there are good effects of aging, as well as bad. I've tried to accept both, and the moods that go along with them. One project in my dubious future is a book of haiku on aging. Some samples below.—Charles
> Aging: When you gain
> some wisdom that you could have
> used when you were young.
> Slowly, if you are
> lucky, old age will show up.
> Then, meet its newness.
> The years will flash by.
> Take care that you grow, and not
> merely grow older.
> The perplexity
> of age: I’m convex where I
> used to be concave.
> Walk into a room.
> forget why. Wait... Just enjoy...
> Nothing to be sought.
> What’s here is due, friend.
> It took me years to merit
> these infirmities.
> Years of retirement
> have deconstructed the self
> I knew. Let it pass.
> One excuse that won’t
> cut the mustard anymore:
> Blame it on my youth.
> In between my ears
> I hear music of the spheres.
> No, it’s tinnitus.
> If you remember
> the first line of Stardust, you
> are part of the club.
> A perk of aging:
> I can say, Cut me some slack,
> Jack, I’m an old man.
> Must get in step with
> this aging thing before the
> stinger ends the march.
> Winter and death will
> come soon enough. Be grateful
> for this long autumn.
> Brother dies, grandchild
> born. Take joy where you find it.
> Don't hold on too tight.
> All life and death, held
> in this moment: an ache, a
> tree, a melody.
> Too few years, many
> projects. If they should outlive
> me, undone, so what?
>> On Oct 18, 2018, at 1:32 AM, philwilking <philwilking at cox.net> wrote:
>> As you wrote, the New Orleans Jazz Club is still going, after a fashion. The
>> only public activity is an open jam session 2-6 PM on the last Sunday of
>> each month. This of course may vary with conflicting holidays.
>> If anyone is in New Orleans then, bring your axe to Mo's Chalet, 3201 Houma
>> Blvd, Metairie, LA. 70006. This is one block south of Veterans Memorial
>> Boulevard and a few blocks east of Clearview Parkway, and public
>> transportation practically does not exist on Sunday. If you have them, bring
>> your dance shoes too, there is a hard wood dance floor.
>> Most of the usual players are in the "mature" generation group, but we are
>> beginning to get one or two younger people to participate. The tunes usually
>> are the same old standards on all the records, but we do occasionally
>> venture into lesser known King Oliver or Jelly Roll Morton land. We even
>> have been know to essay a dangerously modern Ellington/Strayhorn tune.
>> You are also correct about there being many good musicians in town for whom
>> there is little decent employment. Many non-natives seem to come here to
>> absorb some of the local musical culture, only to discover that earning
>> enough money at music to pay rent and to eat regularly is next to
>> impossible. So, unless you have another occupation at which to earn a
>> living, or you already know someone who can steer you to one of the few good
>> music jobs (that is: lock in the job before you leave home), don't come here
>> expecting your instrument to support you.
>> A "sad effect" of aging? Nonsense, with age has come a bit of wisdom. That
>> you are harder to please shows you have some ability to distinguish "dreck"
>> when you come across it.
>> Phil Wilking - K5MZF
>> "Only two things are infinite:
>> the Universe and Human Stupidity.
>> And I am not sure about the Former."
>> Albert Einstein
>> -----Original Message----- From: Charles Suhor
>> Interesting report but bad news about the demise of the Sacramento Jazz
>> Jubilee and Traditional Jazz Society. I've been loosely tracking the New
>> Orleans Jazz Club since its origin in 1948, when I lived and played drums in
>> the city. The Club was an important group historically and it kept visible
>> for decades. It flagged when its publication, The Second Line, became
>> irregular (a symptom, or than a cause?) and leadership didn't have the
>> energy to rev it up. The monthly jam sessions, though, are still going on. I
>> don't know about the quality of the music or the attendance, but as you say,
>> tons of cultural change have made a difference in just about everything.
>> Plenty of fine jazz players in all styles there today, not always well
>> employed, plus excellent and awful busker/trad groups and far more blue,
>> rock, and whatnot than I'd care to hear. Another sad effect of aging—I'm
>> harder to please.
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