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2523RE: [RedHotJazz] Did Whiteman Steal form Oliver? ("Singin' the Blues, Bix, and Tram" More Ab...

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  • Jeffrey Jastram
    May 1, 2006
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      Thank you, Albert, for having the moxie to take what, in many circles, will
      be considered an errant opinion.

      Whiteman was a relatively popular and financially successful musician
      /entrepreneur ... and an unabashed self-promoter. But, his contribution to
      the (jazz?) music of his time should not be dismissed.


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Albert Haim
      To: RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: 4/28/2006 8:33:17 AM
      Subject: [RedHotJazz] Did Whiteman Steal form Oliver? ("Singin' the Blues,
      Bix, and Tram" More Ab...

      --- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, Walter Five <walterfive_666@...> wrote:

      > Oliver was being dismissive; he knew what was being stolen from
      him: guys like Paul Whiteman were playing luke-warm Jazz
      "arrangements" at best, and being hailed as "King" in their own right.

      I cannot let that comment pass without expressing my complete
      disagreement. Stolen? Since when does a certain type of music belong
      exclusively to an individual, a group of individuals, or a race? You
      are echoing the "politically correct" views espoused by Ken
      Burns/Wynton Marsalis and company.

      What do you mean by Whiteman stealing from Oliver? What precisely did
      Whiteman steal? Just think for a minute. Whiteman had been playing his
      kind of music since 1918, and his style kept evolving. Whiteman's
      music covered a wide range, dance music, symphonic jazz, small group
      jazz, Broadway tunes, pop songs, adaptations of classical compositions
      for his own eclectic orchestra, made up of symphonic as well as jazz
      musicians. Whiteman did not steal jazz from Oliver (or any other jazz
      musician), just as he did not steal the classical elements in his
      music from European classical composers. Whiteman blended a variety of
      elements from several sources, and added his own, distinct, and
      unique interpretation to create his personal style of music.



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