Oliver’s is Ab Fab – Patsy says get down there, it’s Anita Wardell!

Tonight’s featured artist is Anita Wardell. Anita Wardell is one of the world’s leading, improvising jazz vocalists. Although journalists will rightly promote her authority as a scat singer, the sheer virtuosity of her bebop informed lines is only part of her artistry. As Norma Winstone pointed out, Neet’s singing communicates not only bravura but tenderness andContinue reading “Oliver’s is Ab Fab – Patsy says get down there, it’s Anita Wardell!”

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The Genius of Don Byas

Don Byas and Slam Stewart – “I Got Rhythm” in 1945, one of my all time favourites. The great British saxophonist Stan Robinson played a cassette recording of Don Byas and Slam Stewart playing ‘I Got Rhythm” and “Indiana” (in Ab and G) on the way to a gig at the Bull’s Head 20 yearsContinue reading “The Genius of Don Byas”

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Sun Ra says – “Go To Oliver’s – it’s Martin Speake!”

“Not the Olympics” @ Oliver’s Day 3 Martin Speake Trio with Dave Green and Gene Calderazzo. Do as Sun Ra advises and drag yourself away from the television and check out the scene at Oliver’s in Greenwich. Tonight’s featured artist is Martin Speake. Martin is the first person to acknowledge and celebrate his wide range ofContinue reading “Sun Ra says – “Go To Oliver’s – it’s Martin Speake!””

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“Not the Olympics” @ Oliver’s – Second Night of Sixteen!

“Not the Olympics” Special Season at Oliver’s… now up and running Saturday July 28th is Day 2 of the 2 weeks of gigs at “Not the Olympics” at Oliver’s. A second gig tonight with my own band with Julian Siegel, Chris Batchelor, Gene Calderazzo and Amy Baldwin. The mini-season, coinciding with the London Olympics (am IContinue reading ““Not the Olympics” @ Oliver’s – Second Night of Sixteen!”

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If Music be the Food of Love…

If Music be the Food of Love, a response to Phil’s Robson’s FaceBook post. Kate Williams is right in her comments on Phil Robson’s original post, it is definitely a political issue. It is a matter of values, and as artists we are in the “values business”. We assign so much of our energy andContinue reading “If Music be the Food of Love…”

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