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Upright Piano for Sale

This came in via BF email: might suit student / school…

UPRIGHT PIANO FOR SALE

“Challen 989 1975 upright piano with stool currently in storage in Whitechapel London.

It plays fine and is actually a really lovely sound (so I have been told), not a top of the range piano but it would be great to get £500. Open to offers.”

Contact: Andrew Urwin // aturwin@gmail.com // 07977 171 969 

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Narcissus @ The Pheasantry, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London: 12/09/14

 

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This Friday sees Pete Lee’s Narcissus return to the live stage in London, at The Pheasantry (PizzaExpress, Chelsea).  As one of our favourite live bands, we can’t recommend them highly enough.  Why not read our Review of their Vortex gig, or the interview we did with Pete.

As well as their regular line up (see below) sax supremo George Crowley and singing sensation Alice Zawadzki will be joining them on stage.

Narcissus in Chelsea on a Friday night in September.  What more could London Town want?

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Tickets can be bought here and check out the Facebook event.
The Pheasantry, PizzaExpress Live, 152 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4UT
£15.00 | doors 18:30 | set 20:30

Line Up Pete Lee: Piano, Tom Varrall: Guitar, Huw Foster: Bass Guitar, Ali Thynne: Drums

 

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Musicalife: Recording

One of our groups (Jasper & Ruby) recently recorded at Resident Studios (Willesden Green, North London).

Resident Studios were great – booking a Studio via online chat at 10pm has to be the most musician-friendly thing ever – and studio day was easy.  We bought cheap parking permits for the whole day, unloaded easily and they had no qualms with us eating the pizza we called out for in the studio.

Resident have a number of options available – either hiring rehearsal spaces or recording studios.   We decided to bring in our own engineer/gear with the fabulous Ali Thynne.  We used Studio 1 (pictured), recorded the rhythm section live with ghost vocals and then added horns, synth layers and vocals later in the day.

What do you prefer?  To get your own engineers and gear in, or to use what’s available at Recording Studios?  Do you prefer recording live, or just multi-tracking completely separately?   How many ears do you get to listen to a track before you’re happy, or is it just you?

We’re listening to and mastering the mixes – and we’ll let you have them soon.  We’re hoping that another one of our groups, Down Street will be visiting Resident to do some recording in late August/early September.

Let us know if you’d like to contribute to our #musicalife blog, or if you have preferred ways of recording.

Jasper And Ruby Recording at Resident Studios, Quirky Eccentric Wedding Band, Book, Enquire, Listen

~BF

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The Crucible Mini-Review

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Quite.   Get ready to have that for  3hrs45 mins.  But  Yaël Farber‘s production is a great success.  Beautifully set in the round, there is a full five minute dramatic overture before a word is heard.  With subtle incidental music  (not going to lie – definite hints of the dwarves song a la The Hobbit) great lighting and good use of ‘mist’ the first act opened onto the distraught Reverend Parris at the bedside of his ‘sick’ daughter Betty.

The fairly large cast (24) is lead by Richard Armitage as the tortured John Proctor – who despite previous ‘sins’ seeks redemption and what is right, to the bitter end.  Of particular note were Samantha Colley (Abigail Williams) and Sarah Niles (Tituba).  Colley’s passion as the manipulative Abigail highlighted the destructive and twisted culture of accusation and Niles as Tituba had us entranced with her weary ‘dance’ around the space.  Whilst the moment Richard Armitage removed his shirt did not appear to have a direct dramatic merit, we’re not going to complain.  The ensemble cast of ‘witches’ were also strong – moving with unity when under the ‘spirits spell’ and creating a very dark presence on stage.

We’re keeping this brief – but a clear highlight from the show was the moment in court when Elizabeth Proctor (Anna Madeley) is asked if she suspected her husband of infidelity.  Of course, set in the round, the audience is naturally part of the court observers.  Such was the tension of awaiting her response – the entire audience gasped at her (we won’t give spoilers) response.  That’s a great success.  When the audience forgets they are watching a play.

A great and dark production,  Faber’s Crucible explores the confusion of identity, belief, persecution and prosecution, family, state, individuality, love, infidelity and truth.

The Crucible runs until September 13th 2014.  Get tickets here.  Full cast list below.  
Disclaimer: we saw the pre-press previews – so it can only get better! ~BF

 

The Crucible, Wednesday June 25th 2014, Old Vic Theatre London

Richard Armitage – John Proctor
Harry Attwell – Thomas Putnam
Samantha Colley – Abigail Williams
Marama Corlett – Betty Parris
Jack Ellis – Deputy Governor Danforth
Ann Firband – Rebecca Nurse
William Gaunt – Giles Corey
Natalie Gavin – Mary Warren
Christopher Godwin – Judge Hathorne
Catherine Hammond – Voice of Martha Corey
Hannah Hutch – Ensemble
Lauren Lyle – Ensemble
Anna Madeley – Elizabeth Proctor
Paddy Navin – Sarah Good
Sarah Niles – Tituba
Tom Peters – Marshall Herrick
Neil Salvage – Francis Nurse
Rebecca Saire – Mrs Ann Putnam
Adrian Schiller – Reverend John Hale
Michael Thomas – Reverent Parris
Alan Vicary – Ezekiel Cheever
Daisy Waterstone – Susanna Walcott
Matt Weyland – Hopkins
Zara White – Ensemble

Director – Yaël Farber
Designer – Soutra Gilmour
Lighting – Tim Lutkin
Music & Sound – Richard Hammarton
Movement – Imogen Knight
Casting – Maggie Lunn & Camilla Evans

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Stoop Quintet

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Crowd-sourcing is the thing these days.  It runs splendidly rife in the British jazz community.  We’ve been privileged to enjoy the fruits of the Tommy Andrews Quintet and Led Bib campaigns, and now it is the turn of the Stoop Quintet.

They are: James Mainwaring (Saxes), Alex Munk (Guitar), Mick Bardon (Bass), Dave Smyth (Drums), Jon Brigg (Piano/Composer).  We’ll let them speak (play?) for themselves…looking forward to hearing them at the London Jazz Festival in November 2014!

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Our three favourite small jazz venues in London Town

We actually prefer the smaller venues.  Music’s better, vibe’s better, price’s better.  Check out these three if you ever have an evening free… ~BF

JAZZ AT THE CON (Camden)
First Friday of the month
the smallest basement with the best musicians
The Con Cellar Bar, The Constitution, 42 St Pancras Way, NW1 0QT
http://concellarjazz.co.uk

JAZZ AT THE OXFORD (Kentish Town)
Every Thursday
they have sofas & phenomenal music
256 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2A
http://theoxfordjazz.com

JAZZ NURSERY (SE1)
First Thursday of the month
in the arches with fabulous music vibe
Arch 61, Ewer Street, SE1 0NR
http://www.jazznursery.com