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Freezing the Blues

Posted by Dick Parker, written by Lewis, Young, Conrad, Robinson, 1927


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Size: 3,716kb, uploaded 12/6/2009 12:05:29 PM
Genre: Jazz / Playing Style: Other

Early Reggie Hacksenflax Society Dance Band. I debated whether to put this up or not. The banjo work is nothing special, just rhythm. But it's one of my favorite memories of learning about jazz from seasoned musicians, and it happened on a very cold Minnesota morning. It was Jan. 9, 1982, our regular Saturday morning practice in Al Holbert's basement. Even though it was 15 to 20 below zero outside, Bill Price and Stan Hall showed up to coach us. Bill was a cornetist who made a name for himself in Chicago before he moved to Minnesota; Stan was a pianist and co-founder of the Hall Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band and the Emporium of Jazz, which are included in the Minnesota Historical Society's MN150 exhibit ( ). In this clip we are working on an arrangement of the Bix classic "Singin' the Blues" based on Frank Trumbauer's sax chorus. Barbara Holbert arrives home from an errand and says, "The world is freezing!" Al, Bill and Stan are all gone now.

2 comments on “Freezing the Blues”

banjoike Says:
Sunday, December 6, 2009 @4:55:33 PM

Just rhythm!! That's 90% of playing the tune. Sounds nice. Did you have to "Mike" your banjo?

Dick Parker Says:
Sunday, December 6, 2009 @6:01:30 PM

In those days -- for several years -- I brought a cassette recorder to practices and plugged in two or three mikes (with a cheap Radio Shack mixer). I've got hours and hours of tape, most of it junk! On this session I didn't pick up the banjo very loud.

Holbert was a big factor in teaching me to just keep four-beat or two-beat time with the right chords in a band,like the old New Orleans guys, rather than try to play Shakey's-style razzmatazz and compete with the horns.

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