Should a tuba be in a jazz band?

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  • Yes, in a trad jazz band.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Sure.

    While there are a few standard jazz setups, nearly any instrument can be incorporated.

  • 1 month ago

    Why shouldn't it be?

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Only if you're desperate.

    Otherwise, a tuba doesn't belong in a..... "Jazz" Band.

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  • 2 months ago

    In classic back-in-the-day New Orleans jazz, tuba was the bass that could be heard over the other horn players. 

  • Kyle
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    no.  but a comparable instrument might be a bass trombone if you can learn to play that.  

  • John
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    They are often called "oom-pah-pah" bands, for obvious reasons. And I imagine you actually mean sousaphone. The tuba is another beast.

  • 2 months ago

    In the early years of jazz, it was the principle bass instrument. The advantage is unlike a string bass, it's portable. I’ve seen a bassoon in a jazz band, that was weird.

    Edit: Perhaps it’s the sousaphone that is more common. It’s still a portable low register instrument used before amplifiers.

  • Nick
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    Ever heard the Dirty Dozen Brass Band?

  • 2 months ago

    I don't see why not - why should string instruments be the only ones to play bass? Tubas are pretty common in trad jazz bands, but they feature in more modern ensembles as well.

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