[JPL] Larry's Tin Pan Alley Comments.
jumpmonk at hotmail.com
Mon Aug 2 13:33:34 EDT 2004
Thanks for your reply. I didn't mean to minimize the importance of Tin Pan
Alley or it's role in contributing to jazz repertoire, but the thread began
with a discussion of Cole Porter, and several postings lumped Porter in
w/Tin Pan Alley, which is historically inaccurate. The monograph you cite
sounds interesting, though its scope ends in 1942. I think even a casual
examination of post WW II standard jazz repetoire shows a declining
influence of Tin Pan Alley, with exemptions made for trad revival of the
late 1940s, ragtime revival of the 1970s, Wynton Marsalis, etc. My
over-simplified guess is that since the be-bop era, modern musicians,
especially instrumentalists, are drawn to songs with a more challenging
harmonic framework, not to mention originals which they may own publishing
rights to. But I'd like to hear from some of the musicians on this list.
This is a subject that's fertile for research.
>I already deleted the email so I can't respond directly but I believe
>Larry from WPFW in DC made a comment about Tin Pan Alley. Here's a quote
>that I have in my notes.
>"In the two decades that followed the publication of "Maple Leaf Rag"
>(1899), the dominant musical forms (as revealed by this study, at any
>rate) were rags, blues, and popular songs, many of them composed by black
>musicians. Between 1920 and 1924, Tin Pan Alley made a stronger impact on
>the jazz tradition, with blues songs becoming especially fashionable. In
>the next five years (1925 -1929), Broadway gained somewhat on Tin Pan
>Alley in producing new jazz standards, while rags and new blues songs
>virtually dropped out of the picture. After 1930, the rags and blues being
>recorded were almost exclusively older ones. Jazz musicians took up some
>new Tin Pan Alley and show tunes (including "I Got Rhythm"); but almost
>half of the new favorites originated inside the folk or jazz traditions -
>the latter especially in the form of pieces by leaders of the popular
>CBMR Monographs, No. 4 Jazz Standards on Record, 1900-1942: A Core
>by Richard Crawford and Jeffrey Magee
>CBMR stands for the Center For Black Music Research. They are located on
>the campus of Columbia College in Chicago. www.cbmr.org
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