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John Pizzarelli: "There were three shows I saw at the Brendan Byrne Arena that had a huge impact on my storytelling. They were Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. I loved the way that they had something to say about the songs they were singing, so I began to develop stories for my act." - (Hot House Jazz Guide February 2021)

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Wednesday January 27

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KYRIAKI PANTELIDOU & RAY CARLESS

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Update on Mike Carr

An update on former Emcee 5 keyboarder Mikr Carr and his current happenings.
Mike tells me of a one hour Radio Show, "The Doodlin' Lounge" , in San Francisco by Pete Fallico. Fallico has done 12 Podcasts including Horace Silver and Jimmy Smith as well as a one hour show by Mike.
Mike says that when you see 'Radio' double click on it. Well I did that but had to take a raincheck on Mike. Nevertheless, there is still some great organ jazz from players such as Joey De Francesco and Charles Kynard among others.
Mike's own website is at http://www.mikecarr.co.uk/
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"The Emcee 5 CD," said Mike, "comprises world class players; Ronnie Stephenson (drums), Gary Cox (tenor), my brother Ian (trumpet) who was also a great writer - he wrote the marvellous Miles Davis Book as well as the Keith Jarrett one. On bass there was Spike Heatley, Malcolm Cecil, Midge Ure or John O'Carroll. Jackie Denton and Johnny Butts were also on Drums. The disc has been issued twice in Japan, the first time to Eugene Music in 1998 and the second time to Celeste Records in Tokyo, in 2002. Celeste have it out right now on CD."
(Lance says: If there are any deprived persons who haven't got the Emcee 5 disc, either on CD or vinyl they can remedy it by going to Mike's site - he's got them for a tenner plus postage.)
"If you go to my web site," continued Mike, "you will see some of my other CDs including 'Cargo' which features Dave Collins vocals, Victor Feldman vibes, Jim Mullen guitar, Dick Morrissey and Don Weller tenor. Also, Ronnie Scott, Tim Cansfield guitar and Robert Ahwai as well as Peter King alto.
My current band is the Blue Note Band - see website.
As you probably know, I lived in Gosforth but worked with the Emcee Five in the Marimba Coffee House, the Downbeat Club and another club in Percy Street - I don't remember the name (Club A' Go Go?)." - Mike Carr."
(As a matter of further interest - Mike has Jim Cormack's standard fake book "JC Changes" available. Not only does it have melody and changes for a zillion standards but the changes are the real McCoy and as modern as tomorrow. £33 from Mike.)
Lance.

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