Listening to Jazz


Activity

Whilst you will hear jazz greats Louis, the Duke, Miles and Coltrane, as well as dear old Humph from time to time, the friendly Listening to Jazz group spreads its wings rather further.  Drawing on a record collection of some 3000 cds, vinyl and (occasional) tapes, our monthly sessions cover everything from the first recordings by the Original Dixie Jazz Band to the latest sounds from whoever takes our fancy!

Where and when

We meet on the last Tuesday of the month.

Other information

The group is currently full but please contact me if you would like to go on the waiting list.

Contact details

Mike Goldsmith 01536 770122


News

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Mike’s Monthly Musings – July

Hot, Cool, Swinging…. As I write this, I’m sitting in air conditioned apartment in Colmar in Alsace with an outside temperature in excess of 37C and listening to the ex-Basie trumpeter Harry Edison swinging his way through a typical Basie-like tune, with Edison quoting nursey rhymes and joined by another ex-Basie musician, tenor saxist Lockjaw […]

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Mike’s Monthly Musings – May

Favourites? Listening to Rob de Bord Barker’s presentation on Gerry Mulligan reminds me that we all have our favourite composers, musicians, singers etc, be they from the classical world, rock and roll, the pop scene, or in my case jazz and blues.  If I look at my record collection for a guide to what I […]

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Mike’s Monthly Musings – April

Just Jazz? People always say that one of the advantages of retirement is that we have all the time we need to do the things we have always wanted to do but never had the time to do so!  The first things retired people tell us is that they have never been so busy…. something […]

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Mike’s Monthly Musings – March

In the Listening to Jazz group recently, individual members have been asked to choose several examples of work by one of their favourite musicians.  After a session by myself on tenor saxist Stan Getz, we have heard something of the work of Dave Brubeck and more recently, the pianist Brad Meldhau.  The general feeling amongst […]

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Mike’s Monthly Musings – January

Jazz Critics/Reviewers How do we choose the records that we buy, especially in terms of new releases?  Well of course we can sample the sounds over the internet, or from the radio, iTunes or Spotify, though often the samples are of limited duration.  But they may be enough to wet our appetite and allow us […]

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Mike’s Monthly Musings – December

Swinging Christmas On the whole jazz musicians do not swing Christmas songs, finding little inspiration for improvisation from the usual collection of such songs.  I’ve been reviewing their efforts in attempting to devise a programme for the Listening to Jazz group’s December meeting and I have to say that listening to Chris Barber’s attempts to […]

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Mike’s Monthly Musings – November

Keep Music Live! Even though our Listening to Jazz group spends its monthly meeting listening to music on records, there is nearly always at least one or more disc which features a live recording.  There is nothing like hearing music live, whether it is a classical concert, a leading pop or rock group, or (for […]

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Mike’s Monthly Musings – October

Playing the 88s Looking through my record collect, items by piano players far outnumber discs by other instrumentalists.  Tenor sax and trumpet players are not far behind, but my piano records cover at least two metres.  And it is a fair representation of jazz masters, from stride pianists such as Fats, James P and Willie […]

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Mike’s Monthly Musings – September

When do your ears pack up? ‘Having good ears’ is something which both good jazzmen and good jazz fans share in common.  It reflects the ability to appreciate the interplay between a group of jazz musicians playing together, such as bass players supporting the front liner melodically, the pianist harmonically and the drummer rhythmically.  And […]

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Mike’s Monthly Musings – August

Lost Chords: musings on the development of jazz. Jazz is usually described as the music of the American negro, whether it be in the form of the original sounds which came out of New Orleans with their marching bands, or as the blues developed by prisoners and Southern state cotton pickers, or in the form […]