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Born in 1917, Ella Fitzgerald, "the first lady of song", is one of the enduring Jazz artists to have across genre appeal thanks to the various styles she adapted too. She started her career pretty much in the gutter. She would dance and sing for coins on street corners when growing up and her big … Continue reading Jazz Appreciation Month: Ella Fitzgerald
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Boulder Boff was an unassuming building, it was a small single story bar with three rooms and was a unique place in that it was in between County lines and as such was not governed by a local council. This meant that the council tax was no existant but it was under constant observation by … Continue reading 3TC: Boulder Boff
Sidney Bechet (1897-1959) was a clarinet and Soprano Saxophone player (amoung many others) who was there at the forefront of Jazz, however I am placing him her for a very specific reason. In 1939 a new record label called Blue Note Records appeared on the scene, and it was to become one of the definitive … Continue reading Jazz Appreciation Month: Sidney Bechet
Considering the wide scope of artists in Jazz history, I have picked and choosen who I do posts about. Many are key figures and some interesting but not well known such as Ken Johnson. Anyway here are a few I missed out Fats Waller (1904-1943): "The Cheerful Little Earful" was an all round consummate performer. … Continue reading Jazz Appreciation Month: Some who slipped through the cracks.
Ken "Snakehips" Johnson, born Kenrick Reginald Hijmans Johnson was a band leader who was a leading figure in black music in 1930s England, he was born in British Guiana and was sent to the UK by his parents at the age of 15 to study at Sir William Borlase's Grammar School. He developed an interest in … Continue reading Jazz Appreciation Month: Ken “Snakehips” Johnson
Django Reinhardt (1910 - 1953) born Jean Reinhardt, was a Belgian born French-Romani gypsy and was to become one of the first jazz talents to emerge from Europe and is still regarded as one of the finest jazz guitarists, his gypsy jazz style can be heard in Jazz Clubs and festivals all over Europe. Django … Continue reading Jazz Appreciation Month: Django Reinhardt
Sir George Shearing (1919 - 2011) was born in Battersea to a working class family , he was the youngest of nine children and was blind from birth. He was a rare example of British Jazz musician who made it in the USA, his compositions "Conception" and "Lullaby of Birdland" quickly became Jazz standards. Part … Continue reading Jazz Appreciation Month: George Shearing.
At the core of the game it is basically a fiction based writing prompt with a twist. The twist is really the ‘naughty side’. Everyone thinks naughty to mean ‘ooh la la’ and it’s not always that – but that is NOTsaying that there are NOT elements of that present in future games, as there … Continue reading Spin the Yarn: You expect me to believe it? Prove it