Vartiations on a Theme – St Louis Blues

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May 252007

It’s quite amazing how musicians can perform the one song is so many different ways.

In the show for Sunday May 27, we’re going to be looking at one song, recorded by literally hundreds of musicians, and listening to how a variety of those musicians have interpreted that song.

The challenge here is to find enough variations of this one song so that, while we are in fact playing the same song over and over again, we don’t want this to be boring to you, the listener.

Hell, I’m in the studio playing this stuff, and I don’t want to be bored either. 🙂

This will, by the way, be the first of a few shows that I will occasionally do based upon this basic theme of one song, many arrangements.

So, please tune in and enjoy.


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May 192007

Tonught’s show is going to be featuring musical brothers.

With a bit of cheating.

There’quite a few musical families out there, and we certainly enjoy the fruits of their labours. The Marsalis family in the US, for one, and of course the Montgomery Brothers: Wes, Buddy, and the rest of the clan. Even ex-President Bill Clinton plays sax, and his brother …. plays something as well, I believe. I’m not exactly sure that I care to find out. Troy (Trombone Shorty) Andrews from New Orleans and his brother, James, should not be overlooked either.

Here in Oz we have the Barnards: Len and Bob are the senior partners, and then there’s Adam and Tony, and we should not forget the Morrisons.

So tonight we’ll be looking at who plays what music from which family, and we’ll enjoy that.

I promise.

Fruity Jazz

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May 122007

Tonight we played music with references to fruit.

Charlie Parker’s Scrapple From The Apple, for instance, and a version of Tangerine by Ray Brown with John Pizzarelli. We stretched the friendship just a tad with Art Pepper Red Pepper Blues, and of course couldn’t ignore Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit.

All in all, a fun time was had by all.

New Orleans Jazz Festival

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Apr 292007

New Orleans is one of my favourite cities in the world. The music, the food, the people, the music, the buildings, the culture …

And did I mention the music?

It’s not your typical American city. The influences of the different cultures are readily apparent, and, of course, it’s the birthplace of jazz.

Every year, over the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May, they hold the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Two weekends of music of the highest calibre, from musicians who truly know their chops. One of the great things about the festival is that the music selection presents itself as a veritable smorgasboard of music, with artists and styles from well beyond what most would consider to be the typical jazz realm.

For instance, last year guests included Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen. This year’s lineup includes Rod Stewart, ZZ-Top snd Percy Sledge!

In recognition of the jazzfest, the people, and the musicians, for the two Sundays that span the jazzfest I’ll be playing music of, from, and by the musicians who are appearing at this year’s festival, as well as those who may have appeared in prior years.