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Ethan Iverson: "I asked Bertha [Hope] if she ever used the word "contrafact" to describe the process of writing new tunes over old changes, and she replied, "Of course not. The only people who used that word went to a university to learn about jazz."" - (Jazz Times March 2020).

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COFID- 19

In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Duncan Lamont and The Young Person's Guide to the Jazz Orchestra


The death of Duncan Lamont brought to mind a radio broadcast he made for the BBC  entitled The Young Person's Guide to the Jazz Orchestra. This was some years ago but I was immediately hooked and managed to record it to cassette. Listened to it a few times then, as one does, gradually forgot about it and it's unfortunate that it took his death to remind me of it. In fact, there were three iconic figures involved...

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) who composed the original theme.
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) who adapted it for his work The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.
Duncan Lamont (1931-2019) who inserted the word 'Jazz' into Britten's title.
Upon hearing of Duncan Lamont's death my immediate thought was to dig out the tape, play it, and see if it really was as good as I remembered.
Needless to say, I couldn't find it - did I accidentally record over it? Did it
become unplayable as old cassettes so frequently do? Maybe it's hidden at the back of a cupboard - who knows?

Fortunately, all was not lost thanks to good old YouTube. All 7 parts can be heard on the links below and yes, it was as good as I remembered!

Sadly missed
Lance.

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