yes yesHave you met Miss Jones?
Norah's "Tennessee Waltz" hits me pretty hard tonight, as I may be signing papers moving me back to acreage shortly. (Always traumatic for a "city boy......). As a third generation Jazzbo, I get lost in the music's traditions and how it's affected my family...perhaps more than anything else, it's the ties that bind. Western Swing has always held forth on the US99 corridor-ballrooms like the Spanish Castle featured the music as a mainstay for most of the pre-Beatles era.
Western Swing and.....yes, WC....Texas/Oklahoma/Kansas territorial bands grew the music beyond the big band peak of popularity...and I find that music...the Jazz equivalent of Quick 8......very grounding. When I heard that Ellington would draw farmers from hundreds of miles away to one of his dance concerts, it represented an America that was truely inclusive.....
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