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Sant Andreu Jazz Band featuring Eva Fernadez and Andrea Motis (with a little help from Sidney Bechet)

As a great admirer of Sidney Bechet the great American clarinet and soprano sax jazz musician I decided to do a little Youtubing the other day to see what gems there were about this legendary musician. Unremarkably the first one … Continue reading

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Barbara Thompson, jazz musician extraordinaire……………

To celebrate International Women’s Day and also an excuse to feature one of this countries greatest ever jazz saxophonist, Barbara Thompson who has brought pleasure to many music lovers in the UK, Europe and USA…………enjoy!

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Listening to jazz improves your golf!

Listening to jazz music while putting can boost your performance on the putting green, according to new university research. While any kind of music improves performance compared to listening to no music at all, jazz is the most effective musical … Continue reading

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Buskers with talent………….

I was wandering through Huddersfield this morning, passing the time of day whilst my car was being serviced and preparing myself for the financial shock of the cost of the service. After several strong cappuccino I felt strong enough to … Continue reading

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The Lord is my drummer, I shall not rush, He maketh me to layout in tasteful places, He leadeth me beside cool meter changes, He restoreth my “one.” Yeah, man, though I read through the trickiest of charts, I will … Continue reading

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I can think of no finer tribute to pay to Charlie Haden than this piece from the “Beyond the Missouri Sky” album he made with Pat Metheny………………..  

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Edward Kennedy Ellington

My favourite photograph of Duke, in Paris, 1958 (Photograph: Herman Leonard) In an earlier blog about the Dutch saxophonist I met in Glasgow I forgot to mention that on the day I saw him playing on a Glasgow street he … Continue reading

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Eat your Heart out Johnny Hodges……………………..

Wandering up Buchanan Street in Glasgow the other day I was greeted along the way by several buskers, usually guitar in hand and singing everything from Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” (which should be forbidden as the only two versions that have … Continue reading

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Stan Tracey…….the Godfather of British Jazz

Stan Tracey: Jazz pianist dies at the age of 86  Stan Tracey won the first Ivor Novello Award for Jazz in 2012 Celebrated British jazz pianist Stan Tracey has died aged 86, his family have confirmed. Tracey, who had a career … Continue reading

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When Duke Ellington played Kabul…………..

Duke Ellington arrives in Kabul with US charge d’affaires William Brewer (left) Fifty years ago this week, Duke Ellington and his band played in a concert he later called one of the most memorable of his life. The performance was … Continue reading

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