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25Sep/112

Editorial Comments Aplenty: “The Grump” Opines

Posted by Mr. Music Hall

Django Reinhardt

1. Thoughts on Jazz Quotes:

“Jazz attracted me because in it I found a formal perfection and instrumental precision that I admire in classical music, but which popular music doesn't have.” – Django Reinhardt

“The Grump” believes that no written music is perfect, and all can be improved upon or embellished by the talented improvisationalist. The trick is not to destroy the original with excursions into the entirely personal, self-serving avant garde. If you don’t like the damned tune that much, then, for crying out loud, don’t play it, and go ahead and write your own damned tune.

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9Sep/110

Book Review: “Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong” -Terry Teachout

Posted by Mr. Music Hall

Pops Cover

This hefty 674 page paperback biography of Louis Armstrong should stand as the best, and perhaps the last complete story of his life. The book is scrupulously researched and detailed to a fault. That said, the high quality of Mr. Teachout’s writing breathes life into “Pops,” and keeps the biographical narrative moving like a juggernaut.  Further, unlike all the other biographers of Armstrong, Terry Teachout is a musician, and that skill is evident in the many interesting music particulars found in the book.

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22Aug/110

Jive Junction Interviews Interesting People: Andy Reid

Posted by Reuben Brown

Andy Reid

I'm not going to bother re-hashing a bio. Instead I'm just going to steal some bits from his website. Andy Reid is one of the most well known and influential Lindy Hop dancers out there. Since he started dancing in the late nineties, Andy has left an indelible mark on the dance scene. He has performed and taught all over the world, is a founding member of the Silver Shadows, a member of the highly influential troupe Minnie's Moochers, and also a founding member of Mad Dog! Best of all, Andy is fun, and that's why he's one of the first people I wanted to sit down and chat with for our series of interviews with interesting people.

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16Aug/113

The Evolution of Working as a Swing DJ

Posted by Reuben Brown

Memories DJ Booth

My initial brainstorming of things to write about for a new Jive Junction included a piece on how DJing has changed since I got into the craft. It sat dormant until yesterday when Julius’ piece on changes to the scene as a whole inspired me to finish it. I’ve got a couple years on him, dancing wise, but I probably starting DJing right around the time he started to really get into the dance, 1998. Let’s take a quick trip back and remember what it was like to be a DJ back then…

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15Aug/119

Lindy Hop Since 1998 – A Personal View

Posted by Julius

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In January of 1998 two landmark events occurred in my life.  I closed on a house, and a few weeks later I started taking swing dance lessons at the Third Street Academy of Performing Arts near the Beverly Center.  Shortly after that I had a laminate floor installed in a room of my house expressly for dancing, so you can see what my priorities were.

I'd been suckered into seeing Eddie Reed at the Rhino Room by a coworker.  I distinctly remember Albert Alva, Chris Dawson, Paul Lines, and Eddie in the Quintet that night.  I remember being shown Charleston, and I think in the rotation I got paired with Adrienne from Orange County, whom I know to this day.  (There aren't that many vintage-wearing, super tall, super thin women in the dance scene so I'm pretty sure it was her.)

What blew my mind that night was seeing Denise Paulino and Jeff Beauregard doing Lindy Hop in all its flashy glory compared with everyone else doing East Coast swing.  I'd been a fan of swing music for years though not well versed in it at all -- seeing people actually dance to this stuff was pure magic.

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27Jun/110

LindyBloggers DJing Interview

Posted by Reuben Brown

Just a quick note for those that might be interested: A post from a couple weeks back on Bug's Question of the Day brought back to mind a little interview I did with the folks at LindyBloggers.com. Check it out here if you're at all interested in some of my thoughts on DJing for the Lindy Hop scene. Also, will toss in a plug for SwingDJs.com.