- Jun 16, 2005Hello,
I recently joined the list and I've enjoyed reading the posts. This
is my first posting...
Is anyone familiar with Richard Sudhalter's awkwardly entitled "Lost
Chords: White Jazz Musicians and Their Contributions to Jazz"? I just
looked up Coon-Sanders in the index, to see what this expert on jazz
persons of pallor has to say. And this is what he says:
"The Coon-Sanders Nighthawks, a Kansas City dance band whose `jazz'
novelties had become, at best, a bloodless parody of hot music, had
moved in at the Blackhawk and were broadcasting nightly over WGN.
What passed for `hot' was usually novelty material like "Here Comes
My Ball and Chain" and "Kansas City Kitty" Once in a while a
trumpeter or saxophonist might pop out of the ensemble to 'get off'
for eight bars; but even then the public seemed to recognize no
distinction between the solo efforts of dedicated hot players and
those of journeyman dance band men."
Ouch! I think Sudhalter is way out of line here - anybody with me?
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