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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Insanity of King Jazz


Thought the following excerpts below from a 1920s volume that belonged to a friend's grandmother would interest and amuse you.
Mike (Jamieson)
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G. H. Clutsam (The Famous Composer).*

Jazz and Light Music

"It seems hardly possible that those of the public who derive their musical nourishment from either the stupid or the more exotic forms of jazz can appreciate the more normal types of music. But it may be!

... managers believe public taste to have been affected to such a radical extent by jazz that nothing else is required. I do not agree with this theory. There are still large numbers of people who hate the Negro music which was imported here from America a few years ago....

We have many composers who are capable of fine work, but the idea that the public wants nothing but jazz has become such an obsession that they cannot obtain a hearing....

I think the present phase will pass. The public will not continue indefinitely its admiration of the hectic, unsatisfying fare known popularly as jazz. The ear cannot permanently be tickled by infectious combinations of trite tunes (seldom the composer’s), hurting harmonies, and rhythmical vulgarities. The plague will inevitably die out, and its victims return to sanity.”
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*George Howard Clutsam (1866-1951) was a pianist, composer, arranger and song writer, who wrote music criticism for The Observer between 1908 and 1918. The book intersperses writings by well-known musicians, singers, lyricists, composers and conductors with piano music of operettas and light music. One of them, “famous singer” Peter Dawson (1882-1961) wrote: “I think it would be an excellent plan to permit smoking at concerts....I am sure that....men, especially, would be more likely to attend.”

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