Celebrating Jazz Musicians: a rare ‘signal in the noise’ of today!

Posted by admin at May 1, 2016

Category: '50s, 1950s, 2016, Jazz, Music, Musicians, Oscar Peterson

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Cottingham.tv celebrates two ‘modern’ jazz piano music movements:

Brazillian “Bossa Nova”

Canadian “Mainstream” Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson

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The Editor admires jazz musicians as many actually know how to play their instruments really well, without being hidebound by classical training!

Popular music nowadays seems to be much more about visual impact, posing and dance rather than skill and, dare I say it, loud noise!

Mind you, all successful music gets condemned to become ‘hotel lift music’, ‘soft music’ or “Musack” eventually – please don’t let them (Queen) turn Freddie Mercury into another ‘casualty’ like the Bossa Nova track above! 🙁

Wishing the Jazz and Quiz Night this evening in the Cottingham Civic Hall every success today – we’re busy watching the final leg of the Tour de Yorkshire as they pass Whitby Abbey heading South to Scarborough – it’s all up-hill and down dale and into the wind no doubt. To windy and cold for me – but did cycle to Morrisons this PM and was besieged with headwinds heading South to Cottingham and freezing drizzle!

Unlike many musicians who can ‘pack up their troubles in an old kit bag‘, a piano in the right hands is an orchestra in its own right ..

Listening to keyboard genius Oscar Peterson, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that his sheer virtuosity makes him struggle to be a ‘team player’ in today’s management-speak (see above). Look honey, I brought the whole damn orchestra!

Nick (wimp)

PS couldn’t resist adding a personal favourite 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y34I-NfHkVg&index=28&list=RDXzOwrqlVFu4

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