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July 12, 2009

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Molly Caire

"does jazz lose its artistic edge, charisma and humility as soon as it leaves the intimate confines of small clubs?"

Yes! in my opinion.
There can be absolutly no question or discussion that this is so.

Larry Kart

I recall some terrific performances at such venues as the Chicago Opera House -- JATP, Birdland All-Stars, etc. -- in the 1950s, and many exciting sets at the Chicago Jazz Festival over the years that survived the open-air setting and the need for abundant amplification, but it was a matter of survival. I would say that it's not only a matter of the intimacy of the club setting but also because most clubs that have decent acoustics for jazz have relatively low ceilings -- this, in my experience, being crucial for rhythm sections, drums especially. I have never heard drums sound right in a large, high-ceilinged room, and they sound OK in an open-air setting only if the soundman really knows what he's doing ... and even then.

Romulus Wolff

And Empress Arena decreed, "Jazzmen? Don't get me started... Throw 'em to the bar-lines! Off with their head arrangements! Let 'em meet fake books!"

Pompy Pompadopolous

"does jazz lose its artistic edge, charisma and humility as soon as it leaves the intimate confines of small clubs?"

Yes! in my opinion.
There can be absolutly no question or discussion that this is so.

Posted by: Molly Caire | July 12, 2009 at 11:39 AM

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Guess I'll trash my collection and skip all the free Jazz in the park events in town.

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