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Author: Simon Whiteside and Nicholas Tomalin

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Nick Tomalin snd Simon Whiteside host a variety of podcasts about jazz .From the short vignettes of two pianist, five minutes, one podcast through to the Two pianist, Five Podcasts, One subject and in depth look at the life work and piano stylings of single pianists. So far Sonny Clark and Kenny Drew have been covered.
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Another episode in our " Under the Radar Pianists" series.George Wallington  wrote a tune that was made well known by Gerry Mulligan'sarrangement on Birth of the Cool and established himself as one of the best bebop pianists of his generation.He was prolific as a sideman in the 1950s but in 1960 dropped out of music to pursue something far cooler. Listen to find out more!
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

2020-09-0451:44

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
An end of series announcement. in the 50 episodes Nick and I have covered, 8 under the radar pianists, reviewed 7 Jazz books, talked about 10 technical subjects discussed 5 unusual Jazz instruments and even managed 1 April fool.Plus many more subjects like famous jazz clubs and  record labels.We have also made 2  long form series over 5 podcasts about Kenny Drew and Sonny Clark also  interviews  with 4 London based Jazz influencers and produced  3 Christmas Specials.Look out for Simon's upcoming series on arranger Marty PaichWe will return with Series 2  April 15th 2023
2-5m-1-S1E48-Jazz Oboe

2-5m-1-S1E48-Jazz Oboe

2023-01-0105:04

A look at the Oboe in jazz.
2-5-1-Christmas-2022

2-5-1-Christmas-2022

2022-12-1554:40

Nick and Simon discuss four newish (one jewish) holiday offerings. 1. Snowbound- Emma Smith2. Louis Wishes you a Cool Yule - Louis Armstrong3. On Christmas Day- Paul Edis and Friends4. Big Band Holidays- JLCO with Wynton MarsalisFrabjous Nicktide from us! 
Nick and Simon discuss a record label that started in the USA and continues now in the UK.A label with many jazz greats represented as well as new and emerging talent.
We discuss 'enclosures' one of the cornerstone concepts of what makes jazz sound like jazz - particularly post-bebop  jazz.  We talk about the idea of 'enclosure' with regard to the melodic line and play some examples.Get the pdf here
In many ways the life of The Bass Clef jazz club is a story that echoes in ripples from the centre to the outskirts of London.  Jazz is a tough music to make a profit from and as such clubs spring up in low rent areas, they thrive, bring character to a district and then that district gentrifies.  Hoxton is now a far cry from the run down weekend ghost town it once was. Buisness is booming and the prices of the properties soaring. Many new venues have emerged further out from the centre, and the pattern continues as East London becomes next in the wave of development and gentrification. Nick and Simon discuss Peter Ind's 10 year tenure in this episode
We discuss the book Arranging the Score by the Canadian jazz critic and musician Gene Lees.in the book Lees paints portraits of some of the great jazz arrangers including Gerry Mulligan, Gil Evans Kenny Wheeler and Billy May
Nick and Simon talk about Jazz Cello, like you do. 
Andre Previn had a long and varied career  Simon and Nick discuss his life and work in the diverse fields of jazz, film and classical music. 
Nick and Simon discuss the biography Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original.  Author Robin D. Kelley grew up in Harlem in a house where modern jazz was the soundtrack to family life.His PhD was on Social Movements but through a series of posts at top american universities he moved more towards writing about music...
The Fillmore district of San Francisco was known as " The Harlem of the West" in the 1940s and there were many clubs that flourished there for a decade or more.  Live recordings of top artists bear the names of some of them. There are currently several jazz clubs and a specialised Jazz Centre in San Fransisco so  in the words of Frank Zappa,  in Fog City " jazz isn't dead it just smells funny"
Nick and Simon discuss the  well known book of jazz interviews  'Hear  me Talkin' to Ya The Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It.'
Simon and Nick discuss the book Blue Notes in Black and White a book about the relationship between jazz image and jazz music.  Below is the blurb from the book: You can read and excerpt here Miles Davis, supremely cool behind his shades. Billie Holiday, eyes closed and head tilted back in full cry. John Coltrane, one hand behind his neck and a finger held pensively to his lips. These iconic images have captivated jazz fans nearly as much as the music has. Jazz photographs are visual landmarks in American history, acting as both a reflection and a vital part of African American culture in a time of immense upheaval, conflict, and celebration. Charting the development of jazz photography from the swing era of the 1930s to the rise of black nationalism in the ’60s, Blue Notes in Black and White is the first of its kind: a fascinating account of the partnership between two of the twentieth century’s most innovative art forms. Benjamin Cawthra introduces us to the great jazz photographers—including Gjon Mili, William Gottlieb, Herman Leonard, Francis Wolff, Roy DeCarava, and William Claxton—and their struggles, hustles, styles, and creative visions. We also meet their legendary subjects, such as Duke Ellington, sweating through a late-night jam session for the troops during World War II, and Dizzy Gillespie, stylish in beret, glasses, and goatee. Cawthra shows us the connections between the photographers, art directors, editors, and record producers who crafted a look for jazz that would sell magazines and albums. And on the other side of the lens, he explores how the musicians shaped their public images to further their own financial and political goals. This mixture of art, commerce, and racial politics resulted in a rich visual legacy that is vividly on display in Blue Notes in Black and White. Beyond illuminating the aesthetic power of these images, Cawthra ultimately shows how jazz and its imagery served a crucial function in the struggle for civil rights, making African Americans proudly, powerfully visible.
The rent party was a phenomenon that occurred from 1920-1950's to raise the money needed to meet the cost of accommodation,  which was often higher for black tenants.  They were covertly advertised on simple cards  as "Social Parties" or "Whist Parties"  Rent parties in Harlem could have music provided by stride piano stars like Fats Waller or James P Johnson. Harlem renaissance poet and man about town Langston Hughes collected these cards and some of his collection is viewable here and here. to steal from the master" Not too slow and not too fastbut a hip old podcast while it lasts" which in this case is 5 minutes!
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