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Simon Whiteside and Nicholas Tomalin
Two Pianists, five podcasts, one subject.Series 1 on pianist Sonny Clark.
Sep 1, 2021
2-5m-1-S1E17-The Cabaret Card
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.
Aug 29, 2021
Nick And Simon visited *Paul Pace* at *Ronnie Scotts* and asked him these *5 questions* * 1. 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 etc * 2. 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.
Aug 16, 2021
2-5m-1-S1E16- Can You Hear Me at the Back?- Amplification and Jazz
Can You Hear Me at the Back? Nick and Simon lay out the development of amplification, and how it has been used in jazz.
Aug 1, 2021
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 dad Click Below for useful links Patreon Linktree Facebook
Jul 15, 2021
2-5m-1-S1E14-Licks or Language
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 links Patreon Linktree Facebook
Jul 1, 2021
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 links Patreon Linktree Facebook
Jun 17, 2021
2-5m-1-S1E12-When Is a Chord not a Chord?
When it's a voicing. Nick and Simon discuss the meaning of the word voicing in jazz and on piano in particular.
Jun 1, 2021
2-5m-1-S1E11 - Nicknames
In this episode we outline the origins of some nick names of jazz players. Why was Charlie Parker called Bird? How did Jeff 'Tain' Watts get his moniker and we skate over why Eddie Davis was known as Lockjaw! Click Below for useful links Patreon Linktree Facebook
May 19, 2021
2-5q-1- S1E1-Steve Rubie
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 about 1. The history of the club and the move to Lots road. 2. The ethos of the club 3. Surviving the Pandemic 4. Highlights over the years and any anecdotes 5. What does the future of the 606 look like? Check out the 606 Website and you can hear Steve play on 21st May
May 15, 2021
In this episode Nick introduces Simon to a little known pianist : Dick Twardzik. follow us on Facebook we have a Patreon Page also
May 1, 2021
2-5m-1-S1E9-The Diminished Scale
In this episode Nick And Simon discuss the symmetrical scale that has been known about for a surprisingly long time and has come to be used extensively by jazz improvisers.
Apr 15, 2021
2-5m-1-S1E8-Tuba or not Tuba?
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!
Apr 1, 2021
2-5m-1-07-Who was Des Luton?
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!)
Mar 15, 2021
2-5m-1-S1E6-Did Charlie Parker Play the Bebop Scale?
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?
Mar 1, 2021
2-5-1-S1E5-The Best Jazz Club in the World?
In this episode Nick and Simon discuss the legendary Village Vanguard Jazz Club in New York.
Feb 15, 2021
2-5-1-S1E4- Is three minutes long enough?
In this episode Nick and Simon discuss how the available recording media at various times have affected jazz.
Feb 1, 2021
2-5m-1-S1E3-Are Block Chords for Blockheads?
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.
Jan 14, 2021
2-5m-1- S1E2 - Mel Powell
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.
Jan 1, 2021
2-5-1 Two pianists,Five Minutes,One Subject. S1Ep1
*WTFH?* What the French Horn? Nick and Simon discuss the use of the French Horn in Jazz Take a look at our Facebook page
Dec 16, 2020
2-5-1 Two pianists, Five Christmas tunes, One podcast.
In this bonus Christmas edition Nick and Simon discuss five tunes favoured by jazz musicians. * The Christmas Song * Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas * White Christmas * Winter Wonderland * O Christmas Tree Check out our facebook page. Merry Christmas!
Oct 2, 2020
2-5-1-S2E5- Dexter Calling and One Flight Up
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 Up Please support our Patreon page
1 hr 1 min
Sep 18, 2020
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.
Sep 4, 2020
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 Music** **FACEBOOK GROUP** **JASON LYON ARTICLE** **PATREON*
Aug 21, 2020
2-5-1-S2E2-It could happen to you
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 link Spotify Album Link Patreon Page Facebook Group
Aug 7, 2020
2-5-1-S2E1- Introducing Kenny Drew
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 HERE Album on Apple Music Album on Spotify
Jun 1, 2020
2-5-1-S1E5-Sonny Clark Ballad Style & Legacy
In the season finale Nick and Simon discuss Sonny Clark's ballad playing style as sideman and soloist, playing musical excerpts and discussing his playing approaches. *This episode is sponsored by Open Studio - Jazz Lessons from Jazz Legends. Become a better jazz musician, guaranteed at **openstudiojazz.com**. *Nick and Simon go on to discuss Sonny Clark's legacy, and talk about what they have learned from the extensive listening and study they have done and what happens next. Help decide the subject for series 2 by taking this simple one choice poll https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QK5V6YD Thanks for listening and please leave constructive comments, reviews and suggestions and give the podcast a rating.* ** *
1 hr 9 min
May 15, 2020
2-5-1-S1E4-Sonny Clark's Style and Trio Recordings
In Episode 4 we discuss Sonny Clark as a leader in the trio format. We focus on two tunes in detail: "Somebody Loves me" from what is now known as the Standards Album, and Sonny's most recorded original tune "Minor Meeting" the version (take9) from the full edition of the trio album with George Duvivier and Max Roach. We also consider his improvising style, his compositional approach and his influences.
May 1, 2020
2-5-1-S1E3- Sonny Clark as Leader
In this episode we explore Sonny Clark's work as leader on Blue Note records. Specifically his work with ensembles.
Apr 17, 2020
2-5-1-S1E2-Sonny Clark as Sideman
In this episode Nick Tomalin and Simon Whiteside discuss the music Sonny Clark recorded with Buddy de Franco, Grant Green and Dexter Gordon. Even after re-recording the Buddy De Franco section to half it's length, the original podcast plan to also include Sonny Criss and Hank Mobley meant it ran to 1.5 hours. So we decided to drop those two sections. If you would like to hear that long version it will be publicly available on our Patreon page later. If enough people register their interest through comments on the podcast outlets we can upload it to all the usual suspects later. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=25450273
1 hr 1 min
Mar 31, 2020
2-5-1- S1E1-The life and works of Sonny Clark
In episode one Nick Tomalin and Simon Whiteside talk about Sonny Clark's short but musically prodigious life, from his birth in July 1931 to his death in January 1963.