My Head is Spinning…

Was there a toy or thing you always wanted as a child, during the holidays or on your birthday, but never received? Tell us about it. Hmm,  tricky. The only one I can think of is the original 8 Bit NES console when I was younger. I loved computer games and in some sense was … Continue reading My Head is Spinning…

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BOB MERRILL’S CHEERFUL MISSION

JAZZ LIVES

Bob Merrill CUTU

If anyone can improve the cosmic disposition, trumpeter / singer / composer Bob Merrill has a good shot at it.  He has the right attitude for sure.  On his new CD, he’s got the happy assistance of pianists John Medeski, Matthew Fries, and John Van Eps; guitarist Drew Zingg, string bassist / vocalist Nicki Parrott, drummer George Schuller, percussionist Vicente Lebron, reedman / flautist Russ Gershon, and special guests: tenorist Harry Allen, the legendary trombonist Roswell Rudd, and singer Gabrielle Agachiko.

I’ll let Bob sing, play, and comment here —

The CD itself is a fascinating hybrid — part post-bop Blue Note jazz with its rough edges smoothed off, part cheerful high-level vintage pop that would have sold millions in its own time and will no doubt attract new listeners in 2015.  The range is deliciously broad, the results convincing — from Paul Simon’s FEELIN’ GROOVY (a sweet witty duet…

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The Soddit

You have been transformed into a mystical being who has the ability to do magic. Describe your new abilities in detail. How will you use your new skills? Wizard or Warlock? Or am I merely a conjurer? I don't need mystical powers to create my magic. My magic is the power of words and imagination, … Continue reading The Soddit

Q&A

Interview someone — a friend, another blogger, your mother, the mailman — and write a post based on their responses. Since there is no one around to interview here unless you count the dogs, whom I feel would give rather limited answers, feel free to post a few questions to me for your own prompt.

A Hard Night’s Work

As my Wi-Fi is playing up I’ll reblog this as it slipped through the net. Dreadful pun of title though…

Don’t worry, it isn’t a illustrated edition.

Sandmanjazz

Tell us about a time when you managed to extract yourself from a sticky situation at the very last minute

This is a story going back to my days in Theatre and it was very much a last minute change of plan.

It was two plays after we had done Murder at the Manor that plans for an original piece were put in the air again and the topic of genre was floating around. We had done murder mystery, comedy, kitchen sink drama and pantomime, so when it came to doing an original there was debate as to what to do and two genres were favovred: Sci-fi and Erotic Drama. Budget reasons essentially came into play and it was deemed that a sci-fi piece would be to expensive/difficult  to do (well that was the given reason, it may simply have because the storyline I submitted was a bit of a…

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