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Down Street Wedding Photos

Popular Blue Flamingo Band Down Street had the privilege of playing at a beautiful wedding just over a month ago.  The gorgeous venue was the Great Hall at Royal Holloway.
Here are some beautiful photos from Kit Myers Photography.

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Down Street Party Band @ Floripa

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One of our epic party bands are playing at Floripa London this Wednesday 7th January 2014.  Check out the Facebook event here and check out their website here.  Playing all things pop, soul, motown, rock and all that’s in-between!

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Review: Alice Zawadzki at Jazz at the Crypt

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It was so exciting finally to see Alice Zawadzki and her band live and with the packed crowd at The Crypt, Camberwell this Saturday, South London was excited too.

Zawadzki is utterly captivating in every part of her performance.  She can tell a story with her eyes alone, so when you add her voice, violin and the band you are willingly transported to another place.

Much of the music came from her recent album China Lane, starting the evening with its lead song Ring of Fire.  Next up was Indome Para Marsilia, beguiling in its haunting beginnings, juxtaposed with pure groove.  She sung masterfully in Ladino, and throughout the evening managed to sing in English, Swedish and Polish as well.

Zawadzki then moved on to Trochę Mitośći which was our favourite: texturally and harmonically it could be a Lied of the classical world. A song known to Zawadzki from her great aunt in Poland, it tells of a woman wanting the man with beautiful dark eyes.  Zawadzki has a voice with many colours in it, folk, jazz, soul to name but a few, and here she starts with a sound clearly evoking the 1950s.   Trochę Mitośći  then morphs into a beautifully rhapsodic duet for violin and guitar.   Who even knew this sound was possible.

Cellist Shirley Smart guested in a number of tunes, including a new song Superior Virtue.  The song was a duet for Zawadski and Smart, and demonstrated gifted use of narrative and musical story-telling techniques.

In You as Man the strength of each individual band member was evident.  Pete Lee on keys/synth put the Radiophonic Workshop to shame with his epic mastery of the Prophet 12. Alex Roth destroyed it with his solo there too.  As did Tom McCredie.  It’s a frankly ridiculous band.  This is not to omit drummer Jon Scott. He was on it all night, and owned Cat, a song about ‘the soul of a cat getting into the body of a woman’.

She’s just totally on it all. At ease. It is a band that works well together, they know where to leave space for each other, where to sit.  It’s a band that’s just right.

There are many more words we could write. But if words were adequate we wouldn’t have the music.  You have to go and hear her. There is no genre that isn’t covered. In fact. Forget genre. She is her own new genre.

We’ve now downloaded the album, which you can do here. Naughty us. We really should have done it much earlier.

Her next live dates can be seen here. Please go check her and her band out.

-BF

Vocals, violin & compositions: Alice Zawadzki

Bass: Tom McCredie

Guitar: Alex Roth

Kit: Jon Scott

Cello: Shirley Smart

Piano & Synth: Pete Lee

Set 1

1. Ring of Fire (Zawadzki) ‘The magic and wonder of being being a teenager drunk on cider’

2. Indome Para Marsilia (trad. Sephardic arr Alex Roth, sung in Ladino) ‘A song about a girl flung far away from her homeland, wondering what the world will bring’

3. Trochę Mitośći ‘A Little Love’ (trad. Polish) ‘A lady who falls in love with a man with deep dark eyes. Sung by my great aunt Anna Borey Protassewicz during the fifties in Poland. She recorded loads of songs with the Radio Orchestra in Bydgoszcz and I transcribed with one off an old vinyl of hers and rearranged it.’

4. Dicho Me Habian Dicho (trad. Sephardic, sung in Ladino)  ‘From the fifteenth centure, a time when Jews were expelled from Spain, a song of a girl worried nobody will marry her because of her skin colour’

5. Low Sun; Lovely Pink Light (Zawadzki) ‘A song of sunrise in Denmark’

Set 2

1. Cat (Zawadzki) ‘the soul of a cat getting into the body of a woman and influencing her affections’

2. Uti Mitt Hjärta ‘In my Heart’ (Kraya, arr Zawadzki, Swedish) ‘inside your heart I see your happiness. Within my body I feel your love’

3. Superior Virtue (Zawadzki) ‘How an unfulfilled love is ever the more romantic because it was never acted upon’

4. You as a man and I as a women (Zawadzki)  ‘When you think it’s over and you’re not quite sure if you can keep going’

5. You Can Leave Your Hat On (Etta James)

6. I’m Gonna Leave You Where I Met You (Rudy Stephenson/Nina Simon).

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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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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

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International Rameau Ensemble: Grands Motets Preview

International Rameau Ensemble, Rameau Leah Eli Graphic Design, baroque, blue flamingo, baroque concert hireWe’re very excited to be attending the next concert featuring the International Rameau Ensemble this Friday, 21st February 2014.  We interviewed their Artistic Director, Lawrence Olsworth-Peter, back in October.  You can read it here.

2014 is the 250th Anniversary year of this fabulous French composer, and this is a rare and great chance to hear the beautiful motets: ‘In Convertendo’, ‘Quam Dilecta’ and ‘Deus Nost Refugium’.   These three works are based on the Psalms and are performed by some of the world’s leading Early Music Performers.

You can hear them preview their work on BBC 3’s In Tune with Sean Rafferty on Tuesday 18th.  It will be available to hear, here.

See you this Friday at St George’s Hanover Square.  Ticket information is below.  We can’t wait!

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