How do you find your new music?

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Re: How do you find your new music?

#31 Post by funkyfreak » Sun Feb 15, 2004 11:19 pm

Lawrence wrote:
Sounds like Peter's just trying to recognize the extra energy a band brings when they've been strongly influenced by surrounding, responsive dancers.
Yes, and that's fine as one factor to consider, but, again, it can mislead you to buy, say, Bob Crosby and overlook Duke Ellington or [more modern bands].
I'm getting the feeling you're picking for the sake of picking on details - especially since it's on the same details Peter already said in his post.

Could be worse - you could be quoting yourself as the only thing in your post... ;)


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traditional jazz societies

#32 Post by djstarr » Mon Feb 16, 2004 4:41 am

Some of us went to the Puget Sound Traditional Jazz Society Concert today; in Seattle this group puts on live concerts once a month at a local dance hall; most of the crowd was over 60 and could do a mean foxtrot.

Anyhow, the bands were awesome! A 7 piece traditional jazz combo called Holotradband, and a Django-style band called Hot Club Sandwich.

We had a great time doing balboa and charleston (plus a little lindy), as well as listening to them. There was a guy selling all kinds of hot jazz CDs, plus a CD of the local bands (which I need to get).

If you like hot jazz, check out your local traditional jazz society; I think there is probably something like this in most major cities; I found it a great way to find some new music - I got an Eddie Condon CD (who I didn't have any of) based on a recommendation from the CD guy - it's a really sweet CD - a re-release of two albums (Bixieland:Treasury of Jazz).

Thanks Gary for letting us know about it.

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#33 Post by Moonmist » Fri Feb 27, 2004 3:34 pm

I don't know if anybody had mentioned this already. But I listen to other people's Live365 and write down what I like and do investigation that way. I also research artists and thank goodness of places like iTunes that lets you sample them. Then I go to amazon or to try to get them.

And even "swing is dead" nationally, movies, commercials and tv shows still uses jazz as background. I usually try to find out from there. My newest thing is from movies. Did you know that Kelly Rollin (from former Destiny's Child) did a pretty good version of I'm beginning to see the light? Like Lawrence said, take some risks. Find out for yourself ... and come back and share with us. :lol:

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#34 Post by Jerry_Jelinek » Fri Feb 27, 2004 4:16 pm


Finding new music. Several sources for myself:

1) Radio - I'm lucky enough to have a 24/7 big band station in the area.
The majority of the DJs are seniors who grew up in the big band era.
Several are musicians or former musicians. You can never learn enough
from the people who lived the era.

2) Recommendations from friends I trust. Stan Kenton is a great example.
There is so much bootleg Kenton on the market, it is nearlly impossible
to know the good from the bad without listening. I trust my friends
to stear me toward live Kenton stuff that is worth listening and
relistening to.

3) Musicians - At concerts and events, I often ask them - 'What are you
listening to right now?' It is often a great way to make new friends and
understand what turns the musicians on.

Just a few more thoughts.

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Re: traditional jazz societies

#35 Post by KevinSchaper » Fri Feb 27, 2004 4:18 pm

djstarr wrote: Thanks Gary for letting us know about it.
I got a big crowd of dancers to turn out 3 or 4 years ago when the PSTS flew in Hal Smith's Roadrunners..

I remember it was the funniest thing when we were all too tuckered out to dance to Crazy Capers - so there was nobody on the floor under 70. :)

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Re: traditional jazz societies

#36 Post by Soupbone » Fri Feb 27, 2004 6:11 pm

djstarr wrote: Thanks Gary for letting us know about it.
Hey... didn't see this thread before now for some reason.

No problem on the heads up. I think I'll probably be going to more of their monthly concerts. Let's get a bigger group next time!