There is a Dutch village not far from me here in France. It’s a residential/holiday village. A Dutch opera singer, Lyda Van Tol, retired there recently, and my friend Gijs has been very keen to introduce us. I met Lyda briefly last week and invited her to come and take a guest slot at our booking in the restaurant there (I have no problems jumping in at the deep end!). She accepted, came along, and met Rod (keyboard) during the break. Lyda told us she would like to sing the introduction a cappella then we would join in. I would take a short solo over the A section then Lyda would come back in. This was great fun, and it was a real pleasure to back her. Our audience don’t normally listen this hard. You could hear a pin drop. Lyda went on to do two more songs. I loved it.
Dédiée aux cigales Cicadas Brood X.
Tous les 17 ans, les nymphes de la cigale de Brood X creusent un tunnel vers le haut en masse pour émerger de la surface du sol. Les insectes perdent ensuite leurs exosquelettes sur les arbres et autres surfaces, devenant ainsi des adultes. Les cigales matures volent, s’accouplent, pondent des œufs dans des brindilles, puis meurent en quelques semaines. La combinaison de la longue vie souterraine des insectes, de leur émergence quasi simultanée du sol en grand nombre et de leur courte période d’âge adulte permet à la couvée de survivre même à une prédation massive.
I’m working hard on my Jazz playing. Here is a cover of Alone Together, a jazz standard written by Arthur Schwartz with lyrics by Howard Dietz. It was introduced in the Broadway musical Flying Colors in 1932 by Jean Sargent.
The song soon became a hit, with Leo Reisman and His Orchestra’s 1932 recording (vocal by Frank Luther) being the first to reach the charts. It has become a jazz standard. The first jazz musician to record the song was Artie Shaw in 1939. Though I reckon the version most people know best is the Chet Baker version from 1959.
Alone Together was the August ‘tune of the month’ in the PJG (Play Jazz Group) study group on facebook. This was my submission for the end of the month ‘final project’. Posting a final project gets you feedback from Matt, and from your peers. Another great month of learning! I have thoroughly enjoyed working on this tune. It was one that I didn’t know, and now I love it. I‘ve learnt so much this month about navigating tricky changes. I’ve had such fun with comping. My goal for the past couple of months has been to be more succint, to start and end phrases properley, also to create tension where appropriate. I think I’m getting there, still a way to go though. I played the bass part using Matt’s walking bass line from the weekly excercises. For the comping, I used diatonic moves, some approach chords, and substitutions….and a little ’arrangement’ walking the Fmaj7 down to the Dmaj7 in half steps (bar 11 onwards). I normally play the melody straight for FPs, but this time I decided to add flowers. Soloing wise, bars 9 to 13 became my favourites. Find it Matt Warnock’s Play Jazz Guitar Facebook group here…
Nobody has asked me how I’m getting on with my Jazz studies! So…..
Sidestepping excercise over the B scetion of ‘Alone Together’ using G, G#, and Am pentatonic. The G# pentatonic is used over the C7 chord making for a very tense sound that releases when you use Am pentatonic over Fmaj7. This excercise is from Jazz tutor Matthew Warnock. You can find it and other excercises relating to this month’s tune of the month Alone Together in his Play Jazz Guitar Facebook group here… https://www.facebook.com/groups/playj… I started studying Jazz guitar with Matt a while ago. He has a way of explaining things that make it easy to understand. I’ve learnt more in the past few months than I have in the past few years! Plus, I’m really enjoying playing, and have never been more in love with the guitar. If you are thinking of getting into jazz guitar, the group is free to join, there is excellent camaraderie amongst the members. It’s a lot of fun. Here is Matt’s website – https://www.mwgcourses.com I’m using a Fender Telecaster straight into a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6. Ableton Live is my DAW. Video from my Ipad.
Bennetti’s Jazz Blues All Stars featuring Nathalie Pnt. You’re gonna love this.
Feedback…… Oh la la ! Comment j’adore !!!!! Ça m’a envoyé direct en arrière, à une époque que je n’ai pas connu certes, mais j’me voyais assise dans une salle enfumée d’un club de jazz , à écouter une petite brune chanter ses peines de coeur ! J’en veux encore !!! Tu assures ! Bravo….
Oh mais franchement, comment ne pas aimer, ta voix est juste parfaite pour ce titre ! Moi ça m’a emporté direct : c’est beau, ça paraît simple ( et c’est en ça que c’est fort parce qu’on sait bien que c’est tout sauf simple), cette douce mélancolie dans ta voix…..c’est divin ! J’ai écouté 2 fois de suite et je vais la faire écouter autour de moi si tu veux bien…..
Je viens d’écouter j’adore tellement ? ça me fait penser au chanteuse qui chantais dans les piano bar dans les années 50-60″ Et tu sais à quel point j’aime ses années…
J’adore, aaah du Jazz ! Magnifique timbre de voix, en fait, tu sais tout faire!…
j’adore ?ambiance de ouf. Ouhla pas facile, mais là c’est réussi quoi, tu fermes les yeux tu vois la scène, les rideaux rouges, la fumée, haha c’est énorme…
Were are still confined here in France, so here is a collection of tunes from our members. Revisiting some old live performances, but also some fresh new recordings that I am sure you will enjoy.
With all bars and restaurants closed, and travel banned for non essential purposes there was no way Bennetti’s Jazz Blues Club could go ahead in March. Instead we put out our first ever online broadcast. This featured music from members only. You can listen to it here….
Music from Norrie Snakebite Burnnett, Tim Bragg, Andy Berry, Ann Ellam, Rod Millgate, Madame Blanc, and Steve and Ev’ from Highland Hotclub.
Been having a bit of fun doing some jazzy recording. See if you recognise this…careful though, it’s an ear worm and you’ll end up humming it all day. Answers in the comments please. 🙂
A HUGE THANK YOU! To everyone that came along to the Soleil Couchant yesterday for the final Jazz n Blues session. It was great, just great! I loved every moment. Here is a copy of the souvenir poster that I gave out….I wanted to share some of the moments from the last 5 years. I want to thank everyone who was ever a been a part of it whether as a musician, or a supporter. Thank You! THANK YOU! MERCI! DANKE JE!
Here are the photographs of the day from ace photographer Ian Wilson.