Sad news from the IAJRC.

Sad news from the IAJRC.

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

February 3rd, 2018, 10:44 pm #1

From Shelley Finke, president.
"On January 13th, a small contingent of the IAJRC board of trustees was able to meet in Indianapolis at the annual record bash there. Present were outgoing president Geoff Wheeler, incoming vice president Randy, re-elected secretary and 2017 interim treasurer Perry Huntoon, re-elected trustee Sally Fee and myself as incoming president.
After the presentation of a dismal financial summary and outlook by Perry, it was decided that a complete board vote should be taken as to the dissolving of the IAJRC. Voting was completed on January 24th via an email submitted to our nine-member board. A total of seven in support and two opposed left us with the expected conclusion that the IAJRC as we know it will end its lifespan as of the 2018 membership period."

Personally, I had a very fruitful relationship with the IAJRC Journal for more than a decade. I published about two dozen articles in the Journal, five of which received the JAMES C. GORDON BEST ARTICLE AWARD (four first prizes and one second prize). The editors of the Journal were tops in handling the manuscripts I submitted. I am grateful to them.
A whole era has ended: the illustrious history of the IAJRC will no longer be.

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Albert
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Neil Macbeth
Neil Macbeth

February 7th, 2018, 5:16 am #2

Albert, I share your sentiments. My first encounter with the Society was as a member of the visiting
Australian New Wolverine Jazz Orch. at the 1996 meeting at Libertyville.I recall being so impressed by the
program and the warmth and friendliness of the members. I have since very much enjoyed receiving the Journal (from afar Down Under), including your scholarly yet readable contributions. It often provided me with material for my weekly program on community radio (2rrr,Sydney)which enabled me to masquerade as a much more learned presenter. I shall miss it.
Regards and best wishes
Neil Macbeth
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

February 7th, 2018, 3:48 pm #3

Good to hear from you. I believe I was in Libertyville in 1996 and have enjoyed the New Wolverine orchestra also in their appearances in Davenport.

Please say hello to Trevor.


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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

February 7th, 2018, 4:46 pm #4

Albert, I share your sentiments. My first encounter with the Society was as a member of the visiting
Australian New Wolverine Jazz Orch. at the 1996 meeting at Libertyville.I recall being so impressed by the
program and the warmth and friendliness of the members. I have since very much enjoyed receiving the Journal (from afar Down Under), including your scholarly yet readable contributions. It often provided me with material for my weekly program on community radio (2rrr,Sydney)which enabled me to masquerade as a much more learned presenter. I shall miss it.
Regards and best wishes
Neil Macbeth
2000 The Concert at Graveside. The New Wolverine Orchestra, by far the best band in the Festival, was chosen to play at this venue: an excellent choice since the New Wolverines strive to preserve the exact sound of Bix's music. Trevor Rippingale mentioned that the New Wolverines are jazz musicians, and as such are improvisers. However, when it comes to playing music recorded by Bix, they try to play it note for note. I think that this is as it should be. Consider a classic composition. Every note for every instrument is written precisely. The performers bring the composition alive exactly as written. To me, Bix's records are like classic compositions and modern bands that recreate Bix's music should treat the recordings as "classic compositions" and bring them alive again by playing them note for note.The tunes played by the New Wolverines were: Singin' the Blues, I'm Coming Virginia, Davenport Blues, Waiting at the End of the Road, There Ain't No Land Like Dixieland To Me, I'll Be A Friend With Pleasure, Half Way Blues (a composition by an Australian musician), Just A Closer Walk With Thee, and The Wolverine Blues. The selections were interspaced by thoughtful commentaries from Trevor. He honored the Beiderbecke and Shoemaker family members that were present by dedicating some of the songs to them, he expressed how honored he was that the New Wolverines had been selected to play at Bix's graveside, he thanked Bix and Spiegle. Trevor and the New Wolverines were a group of gracious and highly competent musicians who respect and bring back, in an authentic manner, Bix's musical legacy.

2002
Concert at Bix's Gravesite. In my opinion, the highlight of the Festival is the traditional concert at Bix's gravesite, in Oakdale Memorial Park. The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Band of New Jersey started the tradition in 1971, and it has been followed each year eversince. This year, the honor of being the band at Bix's gravesite fell upon the New Wolverine Orchestra. This is a first-class group of Australian musicians led by Trevor Rippingale who describes their music as follows, "Our central focus is to celebrate the music of Bix Beiderbecke and the musicians and bands with whom he played. " Trevor plays mostly alto sax and clarinet. Geoff Power is on cornet, Robert Smith on piano, Harry Harman on bass, Strewart Binstead on guitar and banjo, Jim Elliott on trombone and Neil (Chauncey) Macbeth on drums. They play music from the Wolverines, the Trumbauer, the Goldkette and the Whiteman bands, arranged for seven instruments. Of course, the New Wolverines do a great job with the music from the smaller bands. But it is remarkable how this small group of musicians recreate very well the music of the huge Whiteman band. The New Wolverines were in Davenport for the 2000 Festival and had played at Bix's gravesite. Most of the people that I talked to who had seen the New Wolverines in their previous appearance agreed with me that the band sounds even better than they did two years ago! They played the following numbers: Davenport Blues, I'm Coming Virginia, West End Blues, I'll Be A Friend With Pleasure, Black and Tan Fantasy, There Ain't No Land Like Dixieland To Me, Blue River, Riverboat Shuffle, At the Jazz Band Ball and Jazz Me Blues. Trevor prefaced every song with some comments and historical remarks. Since the New Wolverines were doing a tribute to Bix, he included two numbers from Bix's contemporaries, Louis and Duke, as tributes that they would have like to make on behalf of Bix. It was a memorable presentation and we should all thank Trevor and the New Wolverines for their extraordinary efforts to keep Bix's music alive. Those who have never attended the tribute to Bix at gravesite cannot understand what it represents. Being near the place where Bix is buried, seeing the Beiderbecke family stones -in particular Bix's stone with floral offerings (one, a lone red rose deposited on the stone every year by Bix fan Ruediger Machwirth)- and listening to Bix's music played by an excellent group of musicians is an irreplaceable experience.

Also at the 2000 Festival:
Alann Krivor, a grand nephew of Jean Goldkette was at the Festival for his second visit and presented the Second Jean Goldkette Award to Trevor Rippindale and The New Wolverine Orchestra. The award was a conductor's baton mounted on a picture frame. Alann runs the Goldkette Foundation.
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Shelley Finke
Shelley Finke

February 9th, 2018, 10:08 pm #5

From Shelley Finke, president.
"On January 13th, a small contingent of the IAJRC board of trustees was able to meet in Indianapolis at the annual record bash there. Present were outgoing president Geoff Wheeler, incoming vice president Randy, re-elected secretary and 2017 interim treasurer Perry Huntoon, re-elected trustee Sally Fee and myself as incoming president.
After the presentation of a dismal financial summary and outlook by Perry, it was decided that a complete board vote should be taken as to the dissolving of the IAJRC. Voting was completed on January 24th via an email submitted to our nine-member board. A total of seven in support and two opposed left us with the expected conclusion that the IAJRC as we know it will end its lifespan as of the 2018 membership period."

Personally, I had a very fruitful relationship with the IAJRC Journal for more than a decade. I published about two dozen articles in the Journal, five of which received the JAMES C. GORDON BEST ARTICLE AWARD (four first prizes and one second prize). The editors of the Journal were tops in handling the manuscripts I submitted. I am grateful to them.
A whole era has ended: the illustrious history of the IAJRC will no longer be.

https://www.questia.com/searchglobal#!/ ... agazines21

Albert
From our Facebook page, to clarify where we stand: "As president of the IAJRC, it saddens me to announce that we are suspending operations and ceasing publication of the Journal, as it is known, as of the 2018 membership year. All dues payments will be refunded and the remaining two 2017 Journals wil be published, albeit late. The organization has been falling behind in membership and, as it was, was unable to support continued publication of the Journal as its only useful asset. However we recognize the tremendous value and potential of the entirety of our resources, if remodeled for a more expansive audience. After a business breakdown period of several months, those with interest from within the IAJRC will discuss the future for the group, which WILL include an internet presence. If you have a solid, well-pondered suggestion, please pass it along! Thank you for your continued support through uncertain times." Shelley Finke, President IAJRC
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

February 10th, 2018, 12:27 am #6

.... for the clarification.

Alber
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A. Nicolai
A. Nicolai

February 12th, 2018, 2:57 am #7

From our Facebook page, to clarify where we stand: "As president of the IAJRC, it saddens me to announce that we are suspending operations and ceasing publication of the Journal, as it is known, as of the 2018 membership year. All dues payments will be refunded and the remaining two 2017 Journals wil be published, albeit late. The organization has been falling behind in membership and, as it was, was unable to support continued publication of the Journal as its only useful asset. However we recognize the tremendous value and potential of the entirety of our resources, if remodeled for a more expansive audience. After a business breakdown period of several months, those with interest from within the IAJRC will discuss the future for the group, which WILL include an internet presence. If you have a solid, well-pondered suggestion, please pass it along! Thank you for your continued support through uncertain times." Shelley Finke, President IAJRC
Good to know that the organization will continue in some form. The journal was always interesting to read and was one of the few places that published reviews of modern bands that play traditional jazz. Most publications tend to only be interested in reviewing reissues and restorations of the historic recordings in that style from the 1920's and 1930's. Perhaps the journal could continue in an online only version to save on printing and mailing costs (or at least until the IAJRC turns a profit again).

A stronger online presence would definitely help. The website was updated infrequently, and younger record collectors might not see a reason to visit it regularly or join. If either an online only version of the journal or, if it ceases publication, an online database of past issues become available, then it may help to offer free "sample articles" for non-members to look at to entice them to join. A survey of current members to learn how they found out about the IAJRC, why they decided to join, and what their favorite perks of being a member are could also assist in saving the IAJRC.
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