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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by drf64, May 18, 2018.
Thought this was a thread about cymbals. Lol
I used to have a great one back when I was a jazzer. It had lucky bats on it.
Or one o these on backwards:
A man should never wear a hat bigger than his character.
-Mark Twain (I think)
I really feel cheated. Nothing fits me. There is no hat that doesn't make me look like I'm trying to be someone else. So many guys can pull off any hat you throw on. Watches and rings are about the same. They don't belong on me. Most clothes don't really do much for me either...but they want me to wear em'.
A beret. Almost de rigeur for the aspiring jazzer.
Mebbe you could pull this one off, wt!
This is all you'll require. Good enough for Monk and Mingus.
Silly thread yes, but the answer is the porkpie hat, the signature look of Lester young
Although I have to say the thing I like about jazz is that at this point it’s relatively free of posing. You don’t have to pose as a rebel badass, or be an androgynous pop object, or a gangsta, or a cowboy hat good ‘ol boy; you don’t have to be good looking. You can just be a nerd who loves music, and focus on the music.
Hmmm. I think we'll agree to disagree on that.
You can disagree, but it will still be the thing i like about it.
Vail Jazz has page on their web site about the hats that were worn by various jazz musicians:
You may want to read the text and not just look at the pics
German SS tin helmet always works .The audience is so shocked no one hears what you are playing anyway .You dont get many re bookings though unless the audience is mainly wearing them too.
+1 on the vest
Floppy felt driver's hat or a pork pie hat with a "stingy brim" (I like that description from above).
Google image search on 'jazz guitar player hat'
Here's a fedora, probably not playing jazz though...
That Vail Jazz article sort of points out that there were a variety of jazz hats worn for a variety of reasons. sometimes worn due to their religion, possibly borrowed from somebody elses' religion.
If you are from a cowboy state, a c'boy hat might work, possibly a straw c'boy hat.
I love Anthony Braxton, but there are literally dozens of great choices in the catalog. Surely you’ll be able to find a hat that fits you.
Gotta be a porkpie. And a soul patch. And some Ray-ban Wayfarers. You're good to go with that.
I wish I like this more than once.
My tdpri experience has been MUCH better since blocking that blowhard's posts,
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I'm afraid that playing jazz isn't as simple as finding the right hat. You have to get the whole ensemble down. The hat is just the topper, so-to-speak, because people notice it. It's like they see you, and they say "Hey, that man is wearing a hat. Notice what kind of hat that he's wearing. I wonder if he's bald. We know he is, but I can't see his bald head. He seems to have at least a little hair left."
It distracts from a few other important elements; i.e. you're fat, you have a mustard stain on your shirt, your shirt keeps coming untucked, and you consistently rush your triplets. But that doesn't mean these things aren't important. They're part of whole impression.
That's why you need to take it all into account. First, tuck the napkin into your collar when you eat, even though only fat slobs on TV do it. People already know you're a fat slob. But they might think you're on TV, and that always helps.
Switch to suspenders. Suspenders and guitar straps don't really work, so you may need a jacket over the suspenders. Don't worry about how uncomfortable it is. You're playing jazz. You're not supposed to look comfortable.
Get a drummer who also rushes his triplets. It will make yours sound better. But don't get someone who rushes them too much, or they may think you're a blooze lawyer act. Don't worry about the bass player. Nobody's listening to him anyway.
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