[JPL] origins of so-called 'dixieland' jazz question

Eric Hines ehines at message.nmc.edu
Wed Aug 13 13:31:49 EDT 2008

The word goes way back, as Non Dadoun points out. Nick's in NYC (where the Condon gang played) was called Nicksieland I think going back to the early 1940s or so.
1939-40 was a big time for revival music: Mugsy Spanier, ODJB reunion, Bunk Johnson rediscovered, Spirtuals to Swing.
About this time you can hear trad jazz get relatively ossified, in Bechet's music, in the Condon gang's music. In the 1930s these people made interesting music, using elements of Swing & Chicago-style jazz, playing a varied repertoire; in the 1940s it became generic and the repertoire narrowed considerably, concentrating on tunes that were considered to be "authentic." 
That, to my mind, was the birth of dixieland.

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Any JPL member know the origins of the term "dixieland" jazz for traditional
New Orleans jazz style? I never use the term and don't like the implications
of the IMO erroneous category name, however I do enjoy the music regardless
of label.



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