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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Jazz

Right there with Liz on this one. The Jazz, whilst it had the unenviable task of attempting to be all things to all men (and women), nevertheless managed to hit that happy medium of covering most persuasions. It was a rare hour that I didn't find at least 45 minutes of excellence. At present it continues on cable and on-line but without any presenters. There is nothing more annoying than to hear a track you like and not know who it is by. What we need is someone to hijack a boat and set up a jazz pirate radio station. What upsets me is that only days before, they were announcing their large listening audience; obviously the bosses at Capital Radio weren't among the listeners and nor, it would seem, were the potential advertisers. How sad that music such as ours is in the hands of the men (and women) in suits.

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

I particularly miss sundays; Ramsey Lewis, Jackie Dankworth, digby thingy, Campbell Burnup, Courtney Pine they all played my kind of music. to make matters worse Humph has retired from Radio Two jazz. Tell ya what Lance, any time you fancy hijacking that boat I'll join you and I'll bring my rare records. I've got 'Buddy Rich Plays Quiet' 'Bunny Berigan Gets Started' 'Miles Davis Plays Maynard Ferguson' - I've even got a Charlie Parker CD without any alternatives takes so what d'ya say?
L.J.Silver

Anonymous said...

yes I too miss th sunday afternoons. I used to feast on Benny Green, Alan Dell, Parky, David Jacobs...al gone. Even Sandy Dunleavey on Radio York has been switched...what the heck is it that makes the suits think they know best?
Liz

Anonymous said...

Lance, can you get a spell check on this?!!!I type so fast I make mistakes, and rely on the check!!!
Liz

Lance said...

A spell check would take away the spontaneity and spontaneity has always been at the heart of jazz.
You could always consult Mr Webster's Dictionary - they say it's just too marvelous for words.

Anonymous said...

like glorious, glamorous, and that old standby...amorous?
Liz

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