Coons Birthday - Lake Arrowhead Early Jazz Band - The Cakewalk
Label: Stomp Off Records - STOMP OFF CD1365 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Jazz • Style: Ragtime, Dixieland
Posted: Thursday, October 23, am. He is sometimes called, "Dr. K, the Poet of the Piano. The Running Springs resident not only entertains, but he also educates his audiences, often telling amusing and interesting stories about the songs he is playing and their composers, and how and why some of the songs were written. Koenig is the author of more than 30 books and essay compilations on the history of jazz.
His latest book, titled, Jazz in Print : An Anthology of Selected Early Readings in Jazz History, is a nearly page collection of articles concerning the history of jazz from the late 19th century to approximately Koenig lived in New Orleans from to While living there, this noted historian stumbled onto some of the obscure, early names in jazz from the turn of the 20th century - people who were the inspiration for jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong.
In New Orleans they didn't like jazz. According to Koenig, these pioneers were originally dance musicians, and then jazz crept into their styles and began to be recognized. It was the same way with jazz. It was so different from the waltzes and everything of the day. Koenig said that because no one before him had found this historical treasure trove in the parishes, he had much success in writing and getting his historical works published. Koenig was born in Tacoma Park, Md.
From the ages of 16 to 18 he traveled from Washington, D. While in high school, he and his brother Henry traveled domestically and abroad with the USO playing the accordion and the piano. Truman for his efforts. Koenig originally had wanted to be a baseball player and even had tryouts with the Washington Senators. An injured knee kept him from following that path.
It was there he began playing jazz. In he began studying at the University of Maryland, where he earned a bachelor's degree in music education. He subsequently earned a master's degree in musicology from Catholic University in Washington, D. Koenig served as a band and orchestra teacher in colleges and public schools Coons Birthday - Lake Arrowhead Early Jazz Band - The Cakewalk the Washington, D. After a long academic career, this renowned music scholar moved from New Orleans to our mountains in Koenig gathered the best musicians in the area and organized the band in the form of his former Musica Jazz Antiqua of New Orleans.
The band has become popular in our area and has had offers to play in jazz festivals around the country. The band plays the dance music that helped to influence early jazz. The members perform the early cakewalks, rags, and jazz music of the s, adding saxophone to the mix.
The band has released its own CD titled, The Cakewalk, which is a history of this type of early rag. So mostly I'll do medleys, like I'll do maybe 25 minutes of George Gershwin songs, then I'll do some special requests, and then I'll throw in a little history The Fun Boy Three* - The Tunnel Of Love I'm doing it; they seem to enjoy knowing why a song was written or the history behind a song.
Even in retirement, Koenig still researches jazz history - a main pursuit of his entire adult life. He has been recently asked to be on a panel on the subject of the violin in early jazz at the International Association of Jazz Education's conference, which will be held in Bring It On Home To Me / You Send Me - Rod Stewart - The Best Of Rod Stewart Vol.
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