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Brief Video Displaying
Crustacea Jazz Band's Players
& Some of Their Performances
Crustacea Jazz Band plays danceable
and swinging tunes in the New Orleans jazz style, tunes popular between
about 1900 and 1935 whose melodies are often still familiar.
San Luis Obispo audiences like and
respond to this music first because it is upbeat, happy, humorous and
romantic; and second because the creative act is happening right in front
of the audience: Right Here, Right NOW!
In this “old fashioned” Jazz, the
players improvise and develop variations around a familiar melody line
and unique variations result.
Over a hundred years ago this “small band
improvised jazz style” originated in New Orleans. Throughout the
twentieth century this music worked its way up the rivers to Memphis,
St. Louis, and Chicago, and was spread by great players to New York, Los
Angeles and San Francisco and to all the towns in between.
Crustacea’s repertoire showcases this original
music, this "Music of America," as well as rags and gospel music,
blues and early pop tunes--all played in the New Orleans jazz style.
There are bands playing this legacy
of music all over the United States, as well as in England, Holland, France,
Japan and elsewhere. "What matters is not the receptacle in which
we keep our heritage but the desire we feel to take it out and enjoy it."