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Alfa Mist at the Barbican, 4 December 2021

Last Saturday Kath and I went to see Alfa Mist and his band play a sold-out concert at the Barbican. Based in the City, near Moorgate, the Barbican Centre is not so far away from where Alfa Mist grew up, … Continue reading

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Two novels with jazz

I’ve read two novels this holiday in which jazz plays a part. Sometimes subversive, always arousing emotions, inspiring the writer. When I wrote about jazz in my book, “I Was There – A Musical Journey”, I described a music that … Continue reading

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Have You Heard? – (33) “Little Sunflower” by the East New York Ensemble de Music

OK, so this is obscure! But it’s good. It’s school half term this week, and I had a few days of holiday left before the end of March, so I decided to take the week off. Be around for the … Continue reading

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Have You Heard (and seen)? – (32) Billie Holiday singing “Fine and Mellow”

I’m on to a chapter about jazz in my book at the moment and earlier this evening I was just reminding myself about Billie Holiday. What a fantastic singer she was. She had the most turbulent life – absolutely awful … Continue reading

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Have You Heard? – (6) The Worldwide sound of Gilles Peterson

I like a lot of different kinds of music. It can confuse people – how can you possibly like Metallica and, I dunno, Joni Mitchell?  How can you reconcile  Bruce Springsteen with Underworld? The Clash with Alicia Keys? Kate Bush … Continue reading

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