Post by Administrator on Dec 28, 2020 12:08:22 GMT
Members gave their commentary on their jazz choices as follows.
“My first choice is -The Modern Jazz Quartet - Plastic Dreams Album - England’s Carol - I bought this album when I was at University in Sheffield. This was my first Jazz Album and still one of my favourites.”
“There are a number of versions of Louis and Ella singing ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside. This was the first version I heard and whilst both Ella and Louis were well established in their careers at the time they recorded this, I find the playfulness and obvious rapport really enjoyable.”
“Day Dreaming, Andre Previn and Doris Day. I had not realised that they had collaborated while he was still a noted jazz pianist before becoming a classical conductor. I found this mellow and relaxing, so perhaps right for the middle of winter.”
“I have seen Derek Nash several times at local gigs and venues and he is quite the showman and immensely popular around here.”
“Put into a nostalgic mode by Richard’s note about the first Jazz LP he bought I have selected Acker Bilk who used to play at our college dances. Pop in the big hall and Jazz in a smaller hall, and just in the era I was there.”
“The first LP I borrowed from the college Jazz Club was Kid Ory”.
“I came across a website recently ‘Jazz in Britain” where they are starting to catalogue British Jazz particularly from BBC sessions. These include some of the late-night sessions on Radio 3 from which I learnt my love of Jazz in the early seventies.”
“Richard and Gordon have told us of their college experiences, so here is Christmas track from Cousin Joe Pleasant. I was a founder member and lead organiser of Exeter University’s Jazz and Blues Society and Cousin Joe was the subject of our first concert. Fortunately, it went well since £70 of my personal savings was at stake. Cousin Joe was a blues pianist and singer from New Orleans who recorded with Sidney Bechet and Mezz Mezzrow.”
Additionally Christmas Selections Tracks were played as follows.
Members gave their commentary on their Christmas Selections as follows.
“I first heard this last piece as the theme tune to the superb BBC production of "A Box of Delights" - I have since obtained the DVD and we watch the series as part of our Christmas build up. Although the technology for the special effects etc is now quite dated it was ground breaking at its time. Every year I have wondered about the superb snow effects and where it was filmed This year I looked it up- the filming took place in Tewkesbury and by chance they had a blizzard as filming started so the crew were stuck in their hotel. So they filmed in the hotel grounds with real snow which was up to the actors knees. The whole of the Carol Symphony is magical and I often play it through out the year, but this extract is particularly beautiful.”
“This might bring a bit of jollity to the subdued celebrations this year.”
“ My father, who played in bands in pre war Clydeside, always rated George Chisholm so I’ve select this track as a little light hearted relief” Terry J
“This is Post Modern Jukebox’s take on Wham. The tap dancing at the end is particularly good fun.