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#1 Post by swinginstyle » Tue Apr 27, 2004 4:01 am

Anyone ever play his stuff? I just ripped one of his CDs, a collection of ragtime classics, so this sparked my curiosity.

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#2 Post by sonofvu » Tue Apr 27, 2004 7:04 pm

I dig Joplin, but I do not play his stuff. Let's face it. It does not swing.
Yard work sucks. I would much rather dj.

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#3 Post by falty411 » Tue Apr 27, 2004 11:36 pm

sonofvu wrote:Let's face it. It does not swing.
Like that has ever stopped a "Swing DJ" from playing something
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#4 Post by swinginstyle » Tue Apr 27, 2004 11:55 pm

The definition of 'swing' is always frustrating. I think I need to take some kind of class.
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#5 Post by djstarr » Wed Apr 28, 2004 1:54 pm

ha ha - lessons offered free of charge here from the hive mind ;-)

Since some dancers in Seattle are becoming more interested in earlier styles of dance I've been tempted to play Joplin -- I agree you can't lindy hop to it, but I bet you could cake walk and charleston to it just fine.

One problem though might be tempo variation - of what I can remember the tempo varies quite a bit because it's mostly solo piano --- same problem you encounter with some Fats Waller and Earl Hines tracks --- and definitely with Art Tatum.

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#6 Post by sonofvu » Wed Apr 28, 2004 2:05 pm

falty411 wrote:
sonofvu wrote:Let's face it. It does not swing.
Like that has ever stopped a "Swing DJ" from playing something
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! :) True.
Yard work sucks. I would much rather dj.

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#7 Post by sonofvu » Wed Apr 28, 2004 2:07 pm

djstarr wrote:ha ha - lessons offered free of charge here from the hive mind ;-)

Since some dancers in Seattle are becoming more interested in earlier styles of dance I've been tempted to play Joplin -- I agree you can't lindy hop to it, but I bet you could cake walk and charleston to it just fine.

One problem though might be tempo variation - of what I can remember the tempo varies quite a bit because it's mostly solo piano --- same problem you encounter with some Fats Waller and Earl Hines tracks --- and definitely with Art Tatum.
Hey Brenda, didn't the hive mind classify Joplin as jank? I mean, he pre-dates the swing era.
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#8 Post by djstarr » Wed Apr 28, 2004 2:22 pm

being that jank refers to a style of lindy hop and associated music you can do said style to, I don't think Joplin quite qualifies; but I'll have to ask their opinions when the jank masters come to Seattle this May.

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#9 Post by Nate Dogg » Wed Apr 28, 2004 2:27 pm

djstarr wrote:being that jank refers to a style of lindy hop and associated music you can do said style to.
You are starting to write like Reuben (frequent use of word "said").

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#10 Post by KevinSchaper » Wed Apr 28, 2004 2:35 pm

I'm just hoping to see some really jank possum.

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#11 Post by djstarr » Wed Apr 28, 2004 6:19 pm

Nate Dogg wrote:
djstarr wrote:being that jank refers to a style of lindy hop and associated music you can do said style to.
You are starting to write like Reuben (frequent use of word "said").
lol - I tend to pick up other folks licks

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#12 Post by djstarr » Wed Apr 28, 2004 6:26 pm

KevinSchaper wrote:I'm just hoping to see some really jank possum.
ok, next time you are in Seattle I'll play "The Entertainer" or "Maple Leaf Rag" and I expect to see you leading the jank possum out on the floor ;-)

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#13 Post by KevinSchaper » Thu Apr 29, 2004 11:47 am

djstarr wrote:
KevinSchaper wrote:I'm just hoping to see some really jank possum.
ok, next time you are in Seattle I'll play "The Entertainer" or "Maple Leaf Rag" and I expect to see you leading the jank possum out on the floor ;-)
I could never steal Leigh's thunder like that.

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#14 Post by djstarr » Thu Apr 29, 2004 12:34 pm

I recently bought 3 early Chicago CDs (Big Band Chicago, Chicago Black Small Bands, Chicago White Small Bands). The Big Band Chicago is kind of funny since most of it is late 20's, early 30's.

Anyhow, there is a version of Maple Leaf Rag on there that's worth trying out. Definitely Charleston music - I'll tell Leigh we are looking for some jank possum.

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#15 Post by Yakov » Thu Apr 29, 2004 12:37 pm

historically ragtime (of the scott joplin, fully scored piano solo variety) is not really dance music, it's based on dance forms like bach's "sarabande"s that aren't really sarabandes.

of course, a certain type of music not being dance music never stopped a SWING dj, either 8)

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