Saturday, 05 April 2014 13:13

A Brief History of Bebop

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Bebop was a term used to describe the nonsense syllables used in scat singing which was a popular vocalising style around the late 20s in the US. It had originated in Ragtime music and was taken into mainstream jazz by Louis Armstrong. Many artists recorded scat music including Ella Fitzgerald and Cab Calloway. Released from the constraints of formal words, nonsense words and meaningless syllables allowed the human voice to be used as an effective instrument for vocal improvisation. Some of the nonsense words like "doo-wop”, “razzamatazz,” “skoobie-doobie-do,” “hi-de-ho” and bee-bop-a-lula,” survived to enter the common lexicon.
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Saturday, 15 February 2014 14:10

The Zombies

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They started to play at local venues in St Albans. Paul Arnold, left the group to become a doctor was replaced by Chris White. The lads were all clever and university bound at the end of the summer of 1963. For fun they entered themselves into a local band contest (The Herts Beat Contest) with the first prize a recording deal with British Decca Records. Rod and Chris hoped winning the contest would keep them together.
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Brief History of Instrumental Hits 1.j

Prior to the introduction of the singer with the band, dance music was primarily instrumental. Then as microphones improved vocalisation became more popular and when during the war years union action prevented, card carrying musicians from recording the rise of the crooner resulted with the decline of the popular instrumental. Cool School Jazz continued to promote instrumental music but this was considered too complicated for vocals. In the early 50s, Earl Bostic, a jazz saxophonist had two instrumentals hits with Harlem Nocturne and Earl's Rhumboogie.
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Monday, 14 October 2013 20:28

Kenny Ball (1930 - 2013) and the Jazzmen

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Before the onset of beat groups the sharpest sound around in the UK was trad jazz. This was a highbred of traditional jazz but as post-war Britain entered a period of massive social change and upheaval the new music became the sound of a generation determined to enjoy itself. Key names emerged like Acker Bilk, Chris Barber, and Kenny Ball. All were consummate musicians who had mastered their individual instruments.
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Sunday, 07 July 2013 15:23

Birth Of The Cool



In 1947 Miles Davis was playing in Charlie Parker's quintet, replacing Dizzy Gillespie, who had left in 1945 due to Parker's growing alcohol and drug problem. Davis recorded several albums with Parker at this time, including Parker's Sessions for the Savoy and Dial labels. By 1948 Davis had three years of bebop playing under his belt, but he struggled to match the speed and ranges of the likes of Gillespie and Parker, choosing instead to play in the mid-range of his instrument. In 1948 Davis, becoming increasingly concerned about growing tensions within the Parker quintet, left that group and began looking for a new band with which to work.
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dub reggae alan mcgee zani 2.

I had an interesting conversation with a friend about dub reggae. Dub, like jazz, world, tropicalia, lounge or classical, can present a total conundrum to the outsider. Curious about the genre but completely at a loss as to where to start, he asked me which dub albums would make a good primer.

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I have been fortunate to work with many famous and great artists from many different spheres of music, but the greatest has to be Ella Fitzgerald.Ella’s early life was hard and she suffered, particularly when her mother died in 1932, from injuries received in a car accident. Having already lost her real father, tragedy struck again when her stepfather died of a heart attack and her little step sister Frances moved in with her.
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Although I enjoyed working with Oscar and Norman, and dining out at restaurants where supper cost more than double my monthly mortgage payments, I couldn’t relax and be myself. I was a little out of my depth and my working class upbringing hadn’t educated me to wine and dine with the (extremely) rich and famous.
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reminiscing in tempo zani on the jazz greats dennis mundayMy reputation for what it’s worth is having worked with The Jam, The Style Council, and Paul Weller. I was 29 and had been working at Polydor for 5 years, before this I worked at the original HMV store at 363 Oxford Street, now sadly gone. Although I knew a lot about ‘Pop’ music, HMV hired me because I was knowledgeable about jazz music.
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Sunday, 15 January 2012 14:55

Courtney Pine –The Jazz Warrior

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It was with some reluctance that I embarked on my first Jazz experience a few years back. I admit to being virtually dragged into the venue while in the company of a fellow musician who persuaded me to open my ears to the sound of Jazz at a popular London Festival.
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