Nick Tomalin snd Simon Whiteside host a variety of podcasts about jazz .From the short vignettes of two pianist, five minutes, one podcast through to the Two pianist, Five Podcasts, One subject and in depth look at the life work and piano stylings of single pianists. So far Sonny Clark and Kenny Drew have been covered.
Simon & Nick discuss the Score to Mr Benn by Don Warren an Alias for Duncan Lamont
who for several decades Lamont worked as a freelance musician (on flute and clarinet as well as saxophone), based around Archer Street in Soho and playing in the surrounding jazz clubs. He often performed with British bands accompanying American vocalists, including Fred Astaire, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr., Marlene Dietrich, P...
NicK and Simon Talk about the film
Born to Be Blue a 2015 drama film directed, produced and written by Robert Budreau. The film stars Ethan Hawke and Carmen Ejogo. ] The film is about American jazz musician Chet Baker, portrayed by Hawke.
Directed by | Robert Budreau
Written by | Robert Budreau
Produced by | Jennifer JonasRobert BudreauLeonard FarlingerJake Seal
Starring | Ethan HawkeCarmen Ejogo
Inspired by a post on Instagram, and the standard stereotypical responses to the question " Dear 'people who don't like jazz' what don't you like about it?" posed by Kira C Garcia (follow her here) Nick and Simon pondered the question. Look out for a blog on this from Simon.
Jam sessions have been and continue to be at the heart of the jazz scene. In this episode Simon and Nick briefly discuss the history, culture and function of jam sessions in jazz.
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In this episode Nick leads the discussion on the subject of jazz and it's connection to the Civil Rights movement in the US
In this Episode we discuss Spike Lee's Mo Better Blues.
Mo' Better Blues is a 1990 American musical comedy-drama film starring Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, and Spike Lee, who also wrote, produced, and directed. It follows a period in the life of fictional jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam (played by Washington) as a series of bad decisions result in his jeopardizing both his relationsh...
Any student of jazz will be well aware of the Aebersold play-along series: over 100 records with accompanying books. There are even supplements with transcriptions of the voicings the pianist played if you are into that? Nick and Simon discuss the origin and impact of the series.
His website is here
It has an interesting page for further reading
In this episode Simon & Nick discuss Jazz and Meditation. There are elements of meditation that improvisers may well relate to : flow state, acceptance , being in the moment, completely absorbed in the process yet fully aware of what is happening around you.
Kenny Werners Effortsless Mastery
Tony Scott Music For Zen Meditation
Jerry Begonzi Developing a jazz language
there are various...
In this episode, Nick and Simon discuss what it means to practice jazz piano.
2 pianists look confused walking into a bar.
It was an 11/8 bar!
What role does humour play in Jazz?
Playing the piano and singing, what's involved? Nick and simon talk about it in this episode.
Another in our new series of jazz film reviews. The Bertrand Tavernier jazz movie that refreshed Dexter Gordon's career late in his life.
Dudley Moore may well be best known for his comedy partnership with Peter Cook and his success on screen in the films 10 and Arthur, but he was also a very accomplished musician. He was an Organ Scholar at Oxford which is where he met the other folk who comprised Beyond the Fringe.
Perhaps less well known is what a great jazz pianist he was. Simon and Nick discuss him in this episode. Link to his Genuine Dud album here
Did you know some jazz musicians were also boxers? Find out more in this episode.
To start season two Simon & Nick talk about the Fabulous Baker Boys.
This is a new strand where Nick and Simon talk about jazz related films.
At present there are a few distinct strands:
1. Under the Radar Pianists- like Hod O' Brian
2.Jazz Oddities- e.g. Jazz Oboe
3. Technical discussions - like Block Chords
4 Jazz Books- e.g. Jazz Heavyweight
5.Jazz Films-like Round Midnight
In the full episode 2 it was a pleasure to chat with Arranger Orchestrator Giles Thornton. He helped me out on some of the transcriptions for the Marty Swings the singers project [watch this space for news of the gig} One of the charts he took down was "Surrey with a fringe on top" and we discuss that plus " it's Too Darn Hot" a transcription I am currently working on.
Here is a link to a reducti...
This new five part longer form series starts with Nick and Simon examining Marty Paich as pianist. Paich was a musical polymath and his career spanned jazz, classical & film music. Simon will present the other four episodes talking to various arrangers about Marty Paich as arranger - looking at his medium-sized ensemble work with particular focus on the octet, his work for big band referencing Art Pepper + 11, his work for th...
An end of series announcement. in the 50 episodes Nick and I have covered, 8 under the radar pianists, reviewed 7 Jazz books, talked about 10 technical subjects discussed 5 unusual Jazz instruments and even managed 1 April fool.
Plus many more subjects like famous jazz clubs and record labels.
We have also made 2 long form series over 5 podcasts about Kenny Drew and Sonny Clark also interviews with 4 London ba...
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