[Marxism] Leon Botstein
e.c.apling at btinternet.com
Sun Mar 29 13:42:38 MDT 2009
I HAVE to comment, with some historical reminiscences on this one.
I got into jazz at about age 13 in 1938 and those who initially thrilled me
with their music - judging by the 78s I bought in those early years - were
Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke, added to very rapidly by Stephane
Grapelli and Django Reinhardt. - 1 black, 3 white....
Later in 1946 in the Army in Italy, I found myself giving the occasional
talks on jazz - and I went to the US Army Library in Duino Castle - along
the Adriatic coast near Trieste - to borrow jazz records to play at
recitals. And what was the music section I perused labeled - "Race Records"
is its title, I seem to remember - even for records (V-disks) of Bix and
Benny Goodman Quartet etc !!.
Yet as at the same as I regarded the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the US Army
Air Force Band as merely dance music as merely on a par with such British
dance bands as Ambrose, Roy Fox, Jack Hylton, and Henry Hall and his BBC
Dabce Orchestra, there was a small group of the US band, introduced at 8 am
every mourning by Sgt Ray MacKinley which I regarded as the real stuff and
caused my tank radio to have one of its frequencies set to US Army Radio
And even in Britain the Gramophone Record Catalogue marked its personnel
listing with N for the black musicians and most jazz fans in Britain took
this as an indicator in their choice of which records to sselect !!
But then much later, in the mid-60s when I was an academic of University of
Reading I well remember enthusing at lunch in Senior Common Room about a
recital by Barney Kessel that a member of the University Music Department
sneered "ugh!! electric guitar" - so all this sneering from a classical
music conductor is really old hat - musical bigotry is something which I had
thought had disappeared with the end of the 20th-century, but something that
jazz has had to deal with for a very long time !!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Louis Proyect" <lnp3 at panix.com>
To: <e.c.apling at btinternet.com>
Sent: Sunday, March 29, 2009 6:30 PM
Subject: Re: [Marxism] Leon Botstein
> White Jazz
> White jazz--those were the words that kept running through my head. Why?
> This evening I listened to three of America's finest jazz musicians at
> Birdland: Paul Bley on piano, Gary Peacock on bass and Paul Motian on
> drums. And they all happen to be white.
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