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Two Pianists, five podcasts, one subject.Series 1 on pianist Sonny Clark.
30 Episodes
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 one of the few Blue Note albums recorded in Europe in the 1960s; Our Man in Paris being an other obvious example, also a Dexter Gordon session.  In 1961 Kenny Drew moved to Europe and Dexter Gordon soon followed. Dexter did return in 1973 to US soil but Kenny Drew saw out the rest of his career in Europe.Dexter Calling One Flight UpPlease support our Patreon page
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 album as leader for the label, and shows his compositional style and improvisation skills off in a showcase of original tunes with a band playing exceptionally well.
2-5-1-S2E3-Blue Train

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 Miles Davis for his heroin addiction so kicked the habit cold turkey and got down to rebuilding his life. He joined Thelonius Monk and made several albums under his own name as leader but only one of those was for Blue Note.Apple MusicFACEBOOK GROUPJASON LYON ARTICLEPATREON
Nick and Simon discuss Kenny Drew's contribution as sideman on the original vinyl release of It Could Happen to You , Chet Baker Sings. Apple Music linkSpotify Album LinkPatreon PageFacebook Group
Nicholas Tomalin and Simon Whiteside are back for a new series of 2-5-1 Two Pianists,Five Podcasts, One Subject.  In this series the subject is pianist Kenny Drew.We examine this hard-bop pianist through the lens of five albums. The first is his Blue Note debut as leader from the series of 10 inch LPs " New Sounds New Faces " called Introducing the Kenny Drew Trio.Facebook page CLICK HEREAlbum on Apple MusicAlbum on Spotify
In this episode Nick and Simon discuss the Cabaret Card and it's impact on the New York jazz scene of the 1940's and 50's.
2-5Q-1-S1E2-Paul Pace

2-5Q-1-S1E2-Paul Pace


Nick And Simon visited Paul Pace at Ronnie Scotts and asked him these 5 questions1. Could you tell us about the history of the Spice of Life jazz club. How did it come about, what were the early days like etc2. What is your involvement with the club now and what are some of the challenges involved in running a jazz club at this time.  3. How did you become involved with Ronnie Scott's jazz club 4. What does your work at Ronnies involve today.   5. Could you reflect on the jazz scene in the UK today. What do you feel are the challenges it faces, and how do you see the future.Find out what his answers were.
Can You Hear Me at the Back?Nick and Simon lay out the development of amplification, and how it has been used in jazz.
2-5m-1-S1E15-Jive Talk

2-5m-1-S1E15-Jive Talk


Salutations solid gone gators, Nick and Simon beat their gums to give you the swingformation on Jive talk. They are putting it down and you better pick up on it, so tune on in and get your signal right. Hey gate! put down that giggle water we don't want no gin mill cowboys here, so agitate the gravel jack, only Ding Dong Daddies and Dungaree Dolls hip to the jive welcome.  If you dug our episode on nicknames, a few hair cuts on the back beat now, this will fry your wig, 'cause this is the most to say the least.If you understood all that you are one copasetic shape in a drape! if not you may need to translate with Straight from the fridge dadClick Below for useful linksPatreonLinktreeFacebook
In this episode Nick and Simon enjoy an ice cream while speaking Esperanto. No? OK,  they discuss the concept of 'The Lick", that divisive little melodic fragment in the improvisation debate.  Are you improvising if you play a lick?  What does the 'language analogy' bring to the table,  la table, la mesa, la tablo?  Will you have a banana? Have you been to the Guildhall?Click Below for useful linksPatreonLinktreeFacebook
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 such player.Click Below for useful linksPatreonLinktreeFacebook
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 club and the move to Lots road.2. The ethos of the club3.  Surviving the Pandemic4. Highlights over the years and any anecdotes5. What does the future of the 606 look like?Check out the 606  Website and you can hear Steve play on 21st May
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 primary bass instrument to colouristic and improvisational member of the ensemble.Comments welcome  via your podcast app or via our Facebook page. 2-5-1-Facebook Thanks for listening!
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 fallen into obscurity.  Nick and Simon have managed to get hold of possibly the only recording of the mercurial piano player via a 78 RPM recording made as a demo and unreleased commercially; so for once we can play it!(Please note, this episode of our podcast was an April Fools Day special and sadly Des 'Left Hand' Luton never actually existed!)
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?
In this episode Nick and Simon discuss the legendary Village Vanguard Jazz Club in New York.
In this episode Nick and Simon discuss how the available recording media at various times have affected jazz. 
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.
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 players of the age and married a film star.  His later Years  were as an educator at the highest level   replacing Paul Hindemith as head of composition at Yale and setting up Cal Arts back in Hollywood. a pianist who deserves more attention perhaps. 
WTFH?What the French Horn?Nick and Simon discuss the use of the French Horn in JazzTake a look at our Facebook page
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