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Created by John Eipper on 03/02/19 10:36 AM

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Death of Andre Previn (John Heelan, -UK, 03/02/19 10:36 am)

I agree with David Duggan (28 February)--Andre Previn is a great loss.

Previn's jazz treatment of the My Fair Lady song book was one of my favourite disks at a time when I was addicted to modern piano jazz (East Coast/West Coast, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck--I attended one of his many farewell concerts). A plethora of UK artists also populate the scene, such as Tubby Hayes, Joe Harriott, Vic Feldman, Joe Skidmore. Those were the days when there was a sharp divide between Trad(itional) Jazz and Modern jazz, each with its devotees, style of jiving and popular clubs.  Big-band jazz was in decline and club jazz ascending.

It seems a long time ago now!

JE comments:  Brubeck died not (that) long ago--in 2012.  John, I'd love to hear more details about the concert you attended.

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  • A Dave Brubeck Concert (John Heelan, -UK 03/03/19 2:54 PM)
    John E asked about my attendance at a Dave Brubeck concert in the 1970s. The concert was in performed in Rochester (Kent) by Brubeck (piano), Bob Bates (string bass), the vastly underaged Paul Desmond (alto sax), Joe Morello (drums).  As I was a wannabe drummer at the time, Morello was one of my heroes with his understated brushwork accompanying Brubeck's solos.

    (The bad news was that I got a parking ticket attached to my car!)

    "Take Five," "The A Train," and "Rondo al la Turk" are still favourites 50 years later.

    JE comments:  By "underaged," I presume John Heelan is referring to Desmond's premature death in 1977.  Sadly, none of the quartet survives.

    I hope this doesn't sound lightweight for WAIS, but let's talk about the great concerts we've attended.  Waaay back in 2001 we had a long discussion on the Beatles.  Prof. Hilton was not an admirer.  Did anyone in WAISdom see the Fab Four perform live?

    I'm not sure what Henderson fans will make of this:



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