Eighteenth-Century Jazz

Instrumental virtuosity, expressiveness, interaction between a soloist or an ensemble and a rhythmic/harmonic support system, a steady, driving beat and musical lines snapping into play? Zippy gets it…


If he had a music blog, I would be nothing more than a copycat.

Thanks to Michael Steinman for sharing the comic strip from which I found this piece of wisdom. Now “dig” some Telemann…

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4 thoughts on “Eighteenth-Century Jazz

  1. It’s worth noting that Zippy is wearing a beret, while Gonzalo is wearing a do-rag. I don’t know why it’s worth noting, but I feel that I should mention it.

    • Andrew J. Sammut says:

      Hey, Handel rocked some great “lids” and of course Dizzy Gillespie as well as Lester Young had their own distinctive headgear. Hep comes in all shapes and centuries.

      Thanks for reading and for commenting, Paul!

  2. pwlsax says:

    As a reedman, I always appreciated Telemann because he was one of the few wind instrumentalists to make it into the canon of great composers.

    • Andrew J. Sammut says:

      Telemann, quite a bit of Bach and a lot of Vivaldi really are eighteenth-century swing, to my ears. Telemann also had a great sense of humor in his music, even in formally titled, non-representational “pure music.”

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