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13,218 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 637 of them this year alone and, so far, 45 this month (May 11).

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May 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen at The Holystone (Indoors!)
May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 21: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).
June 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).

Friday, February 12, 2021

KSTV: The Music of Gene Austin - Feb. 12

Jalen N'Gonda (vocal); Will Barry (piano); Dave Archer (guitar); Will Sach (bass).

(Screenshots by Ken Drew)

Gene Austin may seem an usual choice for a jazz stream, he wasn't a jazz singer by the most elastic use of the term although he did hang out with them and recorded with Fats Waller. Nevertheless, many of the songs associated with him later found their way into the jazz repertoire picking up a few gold discs for Austin along the way.

Jalen N'Gonda may not as of yet been awarded any gold discs but he most certainly is a jazz singer with a voice that's quite unique.

The programme kicked off with Jalen singing After You've Gone - it was fast, faster than Austin, Gene and almost as fast as a souped up Austin Mini Cooper! He needed a rest after that workout so the trio gave us She's Funny That Way  and When Your Lover Has Gone. Nice relaxed playing.

Jalen returned for You're Driving me Crazy followed by an ultra-sensitive version of Bye Bye Blackbird which, going by the sidebar comments on YouTube, was the killer. Blackbird was taken at around about the tempo that Miles used to favour whilst Lonesome Road was at Muggsy Spanier speed.

The evening was drawing to a close but not before we heard Gene Austin Blues and One Sweet Letter From You.

A good day at the office for trio and singer.
Lance

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