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(Jazz) old-fashioned slang a rigid adherent to older jazz forms
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The beloved Satchmo was early recognized as "the greatest trumpeter in the world" but later vilified by boppers as a "moldy fig
." Now, a century after his birth, he is universally hailed as a revolutionary yet foundational figure in popular instrumental and vocal music.
he notes that the phrase "don't be a fig" in a Johnny Mercer lyric refers to "the debate between the modernists who embraced bebop and the so called 'moldy figs
,' fans of the pre-swing collective improvisation style that was now being called 'traditional or 'Dixieland jazz" (p.
"Trading Fours With the Moldy Figs
" has a musical "Bigbad Wolf" trading notes with an old-time New Orleans jazz band.