Mixing It Up “Jazz Style” – Part 2
Today was fun. It definitely is nothing like my gig at the fair last Summer. Some of you may know this, but there is totally a “Jazz” culture. The way they dress and talk. The way they dance. The jokes! I heard some of the worst jokes ever today…from the artists! Here’s one. “A guy walks into a bar holding a piece of asphalt. He says to the bartender. Give me one and one for the road.”
Anyway. As always, I met some great “characters” today. I met a guy named Paul that travels the country(he is retired) just to attend Jazz festivals. He said of the 40 or so a year he attends, this is one of his favorite. That’s pretty cool. I met a lady named Gwen today. She is the door lady at the venue I am at. She has been the door lady at this venue every year of the Medford Jazz Jubilee. This year is #19. That is commitment. The interesting thing is that the median age at our venue today was easily 60. Does this mean that jazz is a dying musical style? They said we had 1500 people walk through our venue today. I am estimating that 30 of them were under 40. I am serious. That is wild. What is going to happen in 20 years to jazz music? I know a ton more young people that enjoy oldies and r&B of the 50’s than I do jazz. I guess it’s appeal is pretty small. I am sure that jazz being a music of a time period has something to do with it as well. I wonder if we will have rap in 50 years? Sorry, just dreaming…
So, I ran sound for 6 different bands today. The highlights were definitely Gator Beat a Zydeco band and Club 7 a traditional jazz band. Gator Beat has got an amazing “Bayou” sound and Club 7 has one of the best Clarinet players I have ever heard in my life.Cool stuff. The other 4 bands were a mix of traditional and swing. One band had a nice set of gospel music. Club 7 played an amazing version of “Just A Closer Walk With Thee”…Beautiful.
I’m having fun. Tomorrow is the long day. I’ll clock in at 8 and close down around midnight. I’ve got 9 bands tomorrow. Should be fun. If your reading this, thanks for listening!
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