[JPL] origins of so-called 'dixieland' jazz question
mrjazzjr at sprintmail.com
Wed Aug 13 15:48:31 EDT 2008
In the case of New Orleans Traditional Jazz, 'simply copied' and 'never' are
matters of fact. Contact any African American New Orleans musician who was
born in the Tradition and ask if he or she ever referred to New Orleans
Traditional Jazz as 'Dixieland. You will not find any takers.
The Original Dixieland Jass Band copied the New Orleans Traditional Jazz
style and parlayed their first record into a million seller, in 1917,
because very few if any records companies would record African-American
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"When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his
actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He
will find his 'proper place' and will stay in it. You do not need to send
him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is
no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes
it necessary." Carter G. Woodson, circa 1933
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May I request a moratorium on expressions like "simply copied" and "never"
when it comes to matters musical and artistic?
These and other absolutes rarely stand up to historical scrutiny.
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