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. Well, Ted was not there and he wasn’t in Barbados either but he was on an island to the south it is said. Most likely in a traffic jam. I’ll leave the humour to Ted I think. As I was saying lots of faces young and old, intrastate and interstate and international. Peter and Barbara from Dusseldorf came again. If less is really more then Peter’s guitar is the mostest. Also on guitar was Ray, Frederick and Jaci (just recently arrived from Madrid). Sundays as usual 4-7pm No jam on Friday Agus was back from London and Indonesia and all sorts of places to play piano for us and was joined by Noriya (she is really very quiet and shy). She sang and accompanied herself on piano. Paul also played piano for his singing friend. Mack the Knife was there with Lockie who was also completely over the rainbow. Even the guys in the public bar were coming in to see who was singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Thelonius Monk All this activity was ably backed up by a fast recovering Frank on bass, supported by Jeremy and Rohan with Dean and Bruce (from Sydney), father and son alternating on drums when Alan let them. Kade promised he would play in a couple weeks time. Keith was playing clarinet and Col and Peter were on sax. I think the Castlemaine contingent of Gwen and John were pleasantly surprised by all this activity and last I heard they had joined Margaret and Lisbeth in not singing. I got to play a bit myself. RM
Often regarded as a founder of bebop, Monk’s playing later evolved away from that style. His compositions and improvisations are full of dissonant harmonies and angular melodic twists, and are consistent with Monk’s unorthodox approach to the piano, which combined a highly percussive attack with abrupt, dramatic use of silences and hesitations. At Dizzy’s on Saturday Ric thought Monk was “in search of the quarter tone”. My take was more the syncopated rhythms he used. At any rate Monk was unique. His manner was idiosyncratic. Visually, he was renowned for his distinctive style in suits, hats and sunglasses. He was also noted for the fact that at times, while the other musicians in the band continued playing, he would stop, stand up from the keyboard and dance for a few moments before returning to the piano. One of his regular dances consisted of continuously turning clockwise, which has drawn comparisons to ring-shout and Sufi whirling. He is one of five jazz musicians to have been featured on the cover of Time. (thanks to Dizzy’s website 2011)
Friday Night and Sunday Afternoon at the Leinster Arms People from all over the world came to play some great music at both the sessions making it a truly international jazz jam weekend. Friday . . . India . . . Xavier keys and vocal, Brubeck keys. Chad drums. Germany . . . Peter guitar . . . Spain . . . Javier( ?) guitar England…… Jack trombone NZ Scott Australia….. Frank, guitar and bass, Rob keys, Tarrac bass, Keith reeds Tim reeds Anne drums and vocals Alan drums and Jenny vocals Sunday Japan…….. Noria keys and vocals France ….. Jeremy bass Sydney….. Bruce drumsGermany….Peter guitar ? vocals Spain……… Javier (?) guitar Indonesia.. Agus keys Australia…. Frank, guitar and bass, Rob keys, Keith reeds Peter tenor, Alan drums. Lotti vocals, Lotti’s friend on keys, Sandro vocals and a few others?. Lots of listeners and some exceptional players notably Xavier, Agus and Noria on keys, Jeremy on bass and Bruce on drums. Special mentions Keith waxing lyrical on alto, Jenny and Anne’s vocals, Lotti’s great version of “Over the Rainbow” and the young guy (Lotti’s other friend) who played the bass line on “Footprints”. Hope to see you next Sunday. The Captain
Bert Jansch The folk/jazz/blues guitarist and singer, Bert Jansch, died the other day. I first heard him play the Davey Graham tune Anji many years ago (early 60’s). He went on to revolutionise finger picking guitar styles. If you have never heard Anji/Angie you’ll find it here. http://youtu.be/RqjUWJtH88c 2
from the editor Listening to the radio the other day I heard a program on astronomy. The idea being discussed was the relative size of our Milky Way system. The width of the Milky Way was from Sydney to Perth. Our sun was positioned roughly around about Mildura on this scale. The size of our sun using this analogy was one hundredth (1/100th) of the thickness of a human hair. Not very big by comparison with the Milky Way which of course is only part of the universe. By contrast when we play a bum note sometimes there is not a hole big enough to jump into. Often this happens because we have lost our place in the form, which is the structure of the music. We are playing the bridge (say) and others are not. This is not uncommon in AABA type tunes where after the each bridge section the A section is played three times, ie AABA-AABA-AABA. Players count it twice and then launch into the bridge. This is an easy mistake to make and learn from. And that of course is the main idea at the jams. To learn from our experience of playing at the jams. To learn in jam sessions which take place in what I hope is a supportive and non-judgemental environment. Jamey Aebersold has some thoughts: You can’s imagine how much time and energy and thought Jazz musicians put into their craft. No one is a born player. Good instruments and teachers are important but the player makes themself. The Blues is most commonly played in the keys of F and B flat by Jazz musicians. Feedback or comments can be emailed to email@example.com Rob McCue 18 Oct 2011
to the editor From Annie: Hi Rob. Thanks for your newsy newsletter. Just to set the record straight for those less informed . . . I have not been in Barbados (unfortunately)!!! I have simply been up the road at an exclusive joint where they exclude old joints and include new titanium and ceramic ones whilst proferring a range of cool drugs. So now . . . I'm really 'hip' and still weird (Blossom fans will get that) . . . conscious and ambulatory . . . and home!!! Now, I will have seemingly endless days in which to sort out the charts that litter my house and I can warble in the kitchen ( I sound good there) whilst the cat looks on suspecting that this time I've really lost the plot! Can't wait to kick Alan off the skins. Best wishes to all you jam enjoyers.
From Maggie: GREAT PHOTOS !!! MAGGIE MORGAN From Noel: Sometimes I uncover a clip so amazing Some quite rare Bill Harris trombone from about 9 minutes in is an added bonus . . . I can't believe it's true until I've watched the whole thing myself. It starts with a duet between Charlie Parker and Coleman Hawkins (which we've seen before). Then to pile riches on riches Lester Young pulls up a chair and as if that weren't enough Harry Edison and Ella Fitzgerald get on the bandstand. To round things out Flip Philips smokes on tenor and Hank Jones, Ray Brown, and Buddy Rich hold down the rhythm section. Can it get any better? http://www.jazzonthetube.com/page/138.html
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