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Thursday, July 1, 2021 2-5m-1-S1E13-Joe Albany

In our jazz quest to entertain and inform we like to shed light on some less well-known pianists who we think are worth exploring.  Joe Albany is one ...

Thursday, June 17, 2021 2-5m-1-S1E12-When Is a Chord not a Chord?

When it's a voicing.Nick and Simon discuss the meaning of the word voicing in jazz and on piano in particular.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 2-5m-1-S1E11 - Nicknames

In this episode we outline the origins of some nick names of jazz players. Why was Charlie Parker called Bird? How did Jeff 'Tain' Watts get...

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 2-5q-1- S1E1-Steve Rubie

In the first of our new interview stream we talk to Steve Rubie who has run the 606 club for many decades.  We asked him about1. The history of the cl...

Saturday, May 15, 2021 2-5m-1-S1E10-Dick Twardzik

In this episode Nick introduces Simon to a little known pianist : Dick Twardzik. follow us on Facebookwe have a Patreon Page also

Saturday, May 1, 2021 2-5m-1-S1E9-The Diminished Scale

In this episode Nick And Simon discuss the symmetrical scale that has been known about for a surprisingly long time and has come to be used extensivel...

Thursday, April 15, 2021 2-5m-1-S1E8-Tuba or not Tuba?

Normal service is resumed after the April fools gag that was Des Luton.In this episode Nick and Simon discuss the use of tuba in jazz from its role as...

Thursday, April 1, 2021 2-5m-1-07-Who was Des Luton?

In this episode Nick and Simon discuss the obscure British pianist Des Luton [1924-1987?]. Known for an incredible left-hand technique, Des has since ...

Monday, March 15, 2021 2-5m-1-S1E6-Did Charlie Parker Play the Bebop Scale?

In this episode Nick and Simon consider the subject of bebop scales. Did Charlie Parker use them?  What are they and what do they sound like?

Monday, March 1, 2021 2-5-1-S1E5-The Best Jazz Club in the World?

In this episode Nick and Simon discuss the legendary Village Vanguard Jazz Club in New York.

Monday, February 15, 2021 2-5-1-S1E4- Is three minutes long enough?

In this episode Nick and Simon discuss how the available recording media at various times have affected jazz. 

Monday, February 1, 2021 2-5m-1-S1E3-Are Block Chords for Blockheads?

Nick and Simon briefly explore the pianistic technique of playing block chords, find out what block chords are, who used them and how the work.

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