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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:27 am

The South Bank Show Originals: Courtney Pine
The Londoner was interviewed in 2000, and related his story, how he soon swapped his 1st instrument, a recorder, for a saxophone. He was offered a place playing in Art Blakey's band, but he turned it down to concentrate on his own work. Apparently, the tiresome Marsalis brothers still hold that against him, which in my view makes it the right choice. He made his solo debut album in 1986, has his own home studio in North London, and feels a product of multi-cultural London influences. No mention of being in Doctor Who, of course, but never mind Laughing
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Post  misery guts on Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:56 am

Diana Krall: Live in Rio
TWO HOURS. Achieved by singing songs in a low, slow drawl, here with the occasional bossa nova beat. She paid lip service to Nat King Cole, but she seemed to have as much reverence for his songs as anybody else's. A pleasant show from Viva Rio, 2009, and her trick of swapping genders in songs (The Boy From Ipanema, I've Grown Accustomed To His Face) worked better here than I'd expect it to with most performers.

Norah Jones: Live from the Artist's Den
From the Green Building, Brooklyn, on May 8, 2012. Noah belts out the hits (presumably), and sounds like Lana Del Rey (OK, vice-versa). I'm bemused to think that a decade ago, Norah was considered maybe the coolest female performer in the world, and hasn't been judged that in a very long time. Odd. Nice show, mind.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:46 am

The Great Songwriters: Norah Jones
She was inspired by her mother's record collection, and imitated her favourite singers, like Aretha Franklin or Billie Holliday. She was drawn to jazz, and went to a Performing Arts High School. She developed her sound after starting to write songs. She was drawn to sad songs, and praised Dolly Parton. Feels that songs evolve on their own. Tries to keep setlists fresh and loves reading books, but she's less involved with social media.

Jay Leno's Garage
Anthony Kiedis discussed how riding motorbikes helps him write songs. More interestingly, the great Herbie Hancock talked about the AC Cobra he bought with his 1st big royalty cheque, and what Miles Davis felt about it (Miles preferred Maseratis).
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Post  misery guts on Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:57 am

HARDtalk: Nina Simone
This BBC series is celebrating its 20 year mark with a few repeats, and a 1999 chat to Nina Simone certainly rates. She met Nelson Mandela, of whom she speaks highly, she knew Martin Luther King, ditto. The FBI had a file on her. Her first musical love with Bach. She had a very poor background, but was a child prodigy who could play the piano at the age of 3. She respects many faiths rather than a single one. She couldn't stand Billie Holliday, and left the USA in 1972 over racism, and was not planning to return. She was also angry that many record companies were bootlegging her career and not giving her proper money (she fired a gun in one meeting about it). She studied yoga for 21 years.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:48 am

Omnibus: Ella Fitzgerald at Ronnie Scott's
From 1974, a steady hour or less of material, with some fill-in banter. But at least she did songs I'd heard of, which is a nice change. She paid tribute to guys like Count Basie and Duke Ellington, and said it was her first time in a London nightclub for many years.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:03 am

Secret Knowledge: Nina and Me
Tiresome but short effort with Laura Mvula visiting New York to retell the saga of how a piano prodigy called Eunice developed her act and her political conscience. She went to the Julliard school in Harlem, and later in Greenwich Village. Mississippi Goddam remains a powerful anthem for the times.
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