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Our Recent Episodes

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.

Thursday, January 14, 2021 2-5m-1- S1E2 - Mel Powell

Nick and Simon discuss the pianist Mel Powell who had an illustrious career  in Jazz and Modern classical music.  He played with some of the top jazz ...

Friday, January 1, 2021 2-5-1 Two pianists,Five Minutes,One Subject. S1Ep1

WTFH?What the French Horn?Nick and Simon discuss the use of the French Horn in JazzTake a look at our Facebook page

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 2-5-1 Two pianists, Five Christmas tunes, One podcast.

In this bonus Christmas edition Nick and Simon discuss five tunes favoured by jazz musicians.The Christmas SongHave yourself a Merry Little ChristmasW...

Friday, October 2, 2020 2-5-1-S2E5- Dexter Calling and One Flight Up

In the final episode of Series 2 Nick and Simon discuss Dexter Calling, the last album Kenny Drew made with Dexter Gordon in the US, and One Flight Up...

Friday, September 18, 2020 2-5-1-S2E4-Undercurrent

Nick and Simon discuss Undercurrent, arguably a hidden gem in the rich soil of the Blue Note label's discography. It was Kenny Drew's last a...

Friday, September 4, 2020 2-5-1-S2E3-Blue Train

This Episode focuses on the Classic  album BLUE TRAIN and Kenny Drew's part in it.In 1957 John Coltrane had a pivotal year. He was sacked by Mile...

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