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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.

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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.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

One dissatisfied Novocastrian

Colin Aitchison, that well-known jazz historian, bon vivant trumpet/trombone player and broadcaster currently resident "somewhere east of Suez" - Ned Kelly's Last Stand in Kowloon, Hong Kong to be exact - uncovered this amazing letter from Radio Review, July, 1936.

It's a hoot!
Lance

5 comments :

NeilC said...

Good luck with that Lance , I can't wait until you tell the ladies and gentlemen vocalists at the next Jam Session , whenever that is , that their Crooning won't be tolerated !

Ann Alex said...

I and many others have been taught jazz-singing by the great Lindsay Hannon at the Sage, and we certainly can't be accused of crooning! The article was funny, mind.

Patti said...

Oh, Lance - and Colin too! This is hilarious - such perfectly archaic writing for that time. But the guy was certainly most hot and bothered - I wonder if he'd heard Ellington's hotter than hades record played on one of those other radio stations? For me, I wouldn't have wanted to exterminate all crooners - there were a few far superior ones on the other side of the pond at this guy's time of writing. Even in the UK, we would have had Al Bowlly - with Ray Noble's great band ......

Lance said...

I agree, you can't be accused of crooning. Crooning was a crime performed by such arch-criminals as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, Peggy Lee, Jo Stafford, Dinah Shore and many other Public Enemy Number Ones.

Patti said...

One more from me - does anyone know about the history of the Radio Review publication? I've done a few searches, but haven't found any info yet. I know the Radio Times was from the early 20's - but this letter was in the mid 30's, and I'm curious. Can anyone enlighten me please??

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