Dear members of Listening to Jazz
Thanks to all of you who have responded to my request for your thoughts on rejoining the group meetings in late September. Most replies have been positive, but with concerns over the venue. The allocation of rooms in the Community Centre remains a central issue and will presumably be under discussion by our U3A committee.
Can I give a gentle reminder to those of you who have not yet responded. This will help the committee to assess the situation and make some decisions concerning the future.
In the meantime, here is my April listing.
We start appropriately with the Count Basie Orchestra’s rendition of their 1957 version of ‘April in
Staying with the French theme, enjoy Tatiana Eva-Maria and friends performing ‘Lullaby of the Leaves’.
Louis Armstrong with his Hot Seven and featuring Vic Dickenson on trombone, ‘I Want A Little Girl’.
Moving from trad to mainstream, we have the Vic Dickenson Sextet with their 1953 version of ‘Russian Lullaby’ with Ruby Braff on trumpet and Edmond Hall on clarinet.
Next up is the bluesy tenor saxophone of Gene Ammons, ‘Hittin’ the Jig’, with Tommy Flanagan on piano. (1960)
In 1962, Tubby Hayes and his quintet sent this message (Message to the Messengers) across the Pond to Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Very cool!
Finally, New Jazz Forms from the USA. Don’t let the name put you off.
Dear Listeners to Jazz
Sad news this month as Chris Barber died, aged 90. He had recently retired having led his band for 64 years. As a tribute, let’s enjoy this early (1955) recording of St Louis Blues with singer Ottilie Patterson.
I received a request for ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin singing ‘Skylark’. This is her original version dated 1963.
Dr John with his song ‘Such a Night’. This is a live version on Jools Holland’s annual Hootenanny in 1995.
Lee Konitz on alto with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker live on stage in 1953, playing ‘ Lover Man’.
Pat Methany on guitar with Charlie Haden on bass playing ‘Waltz for Ruth’ from the album ‘Beyond the Missouri Sky’.
Chick Corea also died this month and we remember him in partnership with vibraphonist Gary Burton in their version of the Beatles classic ‘Eleanor Rigby’.
Finally, listen to the young British singer Celeste and her song ‘Strange’ from her debut album ‘Not Your Muse’,
Best regards, Michael
Dear Jazz lovers
We have received just one request this month and it is from Alan, our erstwhile leader. It is the much loved jazz classic, ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy’ by the Cannonball Adderley Quintet of 1966. Brother Nat Adderley is on cornet.
Here is my current list:
The Temperance Seven ‘You are Driving me Crazy’
GoGo Penguin ‘ Hopopono’ (Official video). This is a very current jazz based trio from Manchester.
Bucky Pizzarelli and John Pizzarelli ‘Golden Earrings’ from the album ‘Family Fugue’. They are father and son guitarists.
‘More than just a Fairytale’ by Laura Jurd. The album is ‘Human Spirit’. Laura is a young jazz trumpeter from Hampshire and she leads a quartet named Dinosaur. The singer is Lauren Kinsella.
Keith Jarrett Trio playing ‘God Bless the Child’. This version is a live concert recorded in Tokyo in 1985.
Also on YouTube, if this is your kind of jazz, then you might like the Keith Jarrett Trio ‘The Selected God Bless the Child’ which presents four live concert versions taken from the world tour in 1985. The four venues are Tokyo, Antibes, The Hague and San Sebastian.
Hope you enjoy all this month’s offerings.
Margaret Pike would like to hear the Dutch Swing College Band. Margaret particularly requested ‘You Are Driving me Crazy’, which reminds her of her teenage years dancing at the Bromley Court Hotel. Unfortunately, I was unable to find this track on YouTube. So I hope ‘Tin Roof Blues’ by the 1950s make up of the band will be an acceptable alternative. (159) Dutch Swing College Band Tin Roof Blues 1950 – YouTube
Here is my selection for this month.
Welcome to our third NEWSLETTER:
Is there light at the end of the Covid tunnel and lockdown blues? The recent good news on vaccines surely signifies a return to something like normality, some time next year. If this is the case, perhaps we can dare to hope that we may, just may, be able to come together again in the not too distant future.
With this optimistic scenario in mind, I would like to reach out to the membership to find out how many of you wish to rejoin ‘Listening to Jazz’ next year.
At present, we have a list of 35 members signed up on the 2019/20 register. It would be most helpful to get some indication of possible membership numbers and I therefore request that you contact me by email indicating your intentions.
Here is my list for your December listening:
‘Lullaby of Birdland’ by the Spanish Sant Andreu Jazz Band, featuring Scott Hamilton on tenor sax and a Bach inspired intro by pianist Ignasi Terraza.
Chris Barber’s Jazz Band, playing ‘Buddy Bolden Blues’. Pat Halcox is on trumpet in 1984
Paris Washboard at Dixie Days Festival playing Duke Ellington’s ‘Caravan’. Louis Mazetier playing stride piano.
Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder ‘Statesboro Blues’ live from Nashville in 2014.
Leszek Mozdzer and Lars Danielsson fresco ‘Incognitor’ live in Gdansk.
Blossom Dearie singing ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, which is a much loved 1959 version.
Miles Davies ‘Autumn Leaves’ with Julian ‘Canonball’ Adderly. This is the definitive version of the jazz standard.
Happy listening and stay safe,
Welcome to you all, this is the first NEWSLETTER for the 2020/ 2021 season of ‘LISTENING TO JAZZ’
Dear ‘Listening to Jazz’ members
Welcome to my Christmas themed selection. As usual, I have chosen from a wide range of jazz styles from Gospel to Bop. Something I hope for everyone. So settle back with a glass of what you fancy and enjoy some Yuletide jazz. Here is my selection:
Sister Rosetta Tharpe ‘Didn’t it Rain?’, live 1964. Sister Rosetta was born in 1915 and rose to prominence in the 1930s as a gospel singer. She is credited as an early influence on Rock and Roll.
Chris Barber ‘Just a Closer Walk with Thee’. This is a joyful live recording made in 1997.
Roland Kirk ‘We Free Kings’, 1961. The talented multi-instrumentalist, often playing several at once.
Wynton Marsalis and friends, including Taj Mahal and Eric Clapton, playing ‘Just a Closer Walk with Thee’. It is interesting to compare this with the Chris Barber version.
Ella Fitzgerald ‘Christmas Songs’ (full album) of 15 songs. My choice is The Christmas Song’, which has a good vibraphone solo.
The Modern Jazz Quartet ‘Variation Number 1, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen’, a jazz classic from 1956.
Have a merry Christmas and safe New Year.