I have no need for "self aggrandizement" as you say. Never had, never will. This whole subject started off with the future of jazz, remember? Someone, not me, mentioned Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, a swing. That was retro-swing, a different animal, and it had some jazz in it...improvisation. I used to run 5 bands here, and my agent wanted me to start a band like that, and offered me a lot of money to do it. I turned it down, and that trend started fading out in a few months.Well, I'm "that person"...
Of course I can't help if you plan to intentionally misunderstand me for your own purposes of self-aggrandizement, but I will point out that the thing that started off this controversy was YOUR claim that the neo-swing phenomenon was of no importance because it wasn't important in Milwaukee. I'm not the only person that provided counter evidence. Remember, if you make an assertion that something is "of no importance" it only takes one counterexample to disprove the claim, which both Pete T. and I provided. Whereas if you make that assertion, you can only prove the claim by providing evidence from all locations.
So, if I'm geographically restricted to my personal experience, which I am, so you are too (sorry dude, Milwaukee may have a great big music festival but that doesn't make it a center of musical innovation. Sturgis ND has the world's largest motorcycle rally, but the centers of motorcycle innovation and development are Kobe, Tokyo, Hamamatsu, Genoa, Bologna, and (!) Milwaukee, etc.)
But that's all OK, I'll bow down to your superior knowledge and stay quiet from now. My actual experience is not important.
I keep getting accused of things that are not true, and I let a lot of them slide. Example: I will point out that the thing that started off this controversy was YOUR claim that the neo-swing phenomenon was of no importance because it wasn't important in Milwaukee. That is completely false, what you claim I claimed is pure B.S., and it has nothing to do with Milwaukee. I worked at Hal Leonard, the world's largest music publisher in the keyboard department. They only bought the rights to print music that was on the charts, and they printed way more than anyone else. The retro-swing thing never came on their radar to my memory. Stray Cat Strut, yes, that made it, and I worked on it, but that was rockabilly, which was a trend, and they did not publish anymore of it. I worked on their jazz fake book of over 600 songs, and they also publish the real books. The retro-swing stuff is not in them. I was aware not only of what was going on in the country, but the world, because they are that big. So I guess I have proved my claim by just now "by providing evidence from all locations." I rest my case.