Daily Archives: December 17, 2013

GOODMEN, NOT HARD TO FIND (in LONDON SW1)

BENNY 1938 repertory

The wonderful jazz drummer and string bassist Richard Pite — whom I’ve met and admired at the Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party — told me about this upcoming concert, and it sounds quite exciting.  (My friend Sir Robert Cox has attended these romps in the past and is an enthusiastic supporter.)

On Sunday, January 26, 2014, the Jazz Repertory Company presents an afternoon concert — beginning at 3:30 PM — recreating Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall concert.  Jon Hancock, the authority on that original musical / cultural landmark, has this to say: “Pete Long and his musicians have gone to great lengths to recreate this concert, including original arrangements, period instruments, and even the stage seating plan. The result is an evening of fabulous music that swings like crazy, it’s a great night out, not to be missed!”

Here’s a link to the concert — where you can learn more about the Jazz Repertory Company.  And as evidence of the joyous energy that’s in store, here’s a video of Pete Long and his Orchestra (Richard on drums) in 2010, wailing through SING SING SING in a dance date:

The concert will take place at Cadogan Hall, Sloane Terrace, London SW 1. The box office phone is 020 7730 4500, and their website is www.cadoganhall.com.  Tickets are £ 30, 25, 20, 15.  Since very few people who attended the original concert are still with us (I know of one who attended the previous recreation and was utterly delighted — a true story) this might be as close as we will get in this century.

Far into the future: on Friday, November 14, 2014, at 7:30 PM, the same orchestra at Cadogan Hall will present a partial recreation of Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller at Carnegie Hall 1939 — with the extra added attraction of Enrico Tomasso as Louis Armstrong.  (He will, of course, answer the perennial question, WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED SWING?) In addition, a small group will recreate the music of the Basie band and the Kansas City Six as first played at the 1939 From Spirituals to Swing concert.  If you can purchase tickets for both the January and December 2014 concerts at the same time, there will be a twenty percent discount.  Good deal!

May your happiness increase!

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EXCELLENT MEDICAL ADVICE (from DOCTORS McHUGH, FIELDS, OPPENHEIM, and WALLER)

YOUR SPEED

Yes, I know we are all important people with critically important time-sensitive tasks to accomplish, but still I inquire:

What’s the rush?

Where’s the fire?

Who’s chasing you?

TAKE IT EASY.

Instead of my telling you, here is the message in musical form . . . delivered by the best shamans I know.

It was snowing this morning: I suspect that a good number of the accidents I saw were caused by hurry.  My students, eager for the semester to be over, rush through their final explications and are then puzzled when their grades are low.  Life is meant to be lived in a leisurely way — a steady rocking medium tempo.

TAKE IT EASY.  Thanks to Jimmy McHugh (melody); Dorothy Fields and George Oppenheim (lyrics); Fats Waller and his Rhythm (1935).

May your happiness increase!