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Canadian duo tribute to Venuti/Lang's "Black and Blue Bottom"

Lango-DjangoLango-Django Niagara-On-The-Lake, ONModerator
edited April 3 in Eddie Lang Club Posts: 1,593

I first met my friend "Canada's Sweetheart of Swing" Alex Pangman when she was sixteen and just getting into 20's and 30's jazz.

Alex's devotion to the archaic style which I love has now blossomed for several decades, and it makes her unique among Canadian jazz singers.

In this April 3, 2021 livestream performance she is joined by Drew Jurecka, violin, and Nathan Hiltz, guitar... and all three of them are pretty damn wonderful!

The whole concert is great, but if you want to skip ahead to Drew and Nathan's version of "Black and Blue Bottom", it begins at 46:41.

If you are a Venuti fan, wait till you get a load of Drew wrapping the horsehairs around his fiddle to play in the seldom-seen "four string Joe" style... !

Will

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IILaDhO4UBU

Paul Cezanne: "I could paint for a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing."

Edgar Degas: "Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.... To draw, you must close your eyes and sing."
rudolfochristBill Da Costa WilliamsBucoBonesvanmalmsteen

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  • Posts: 3,166

    Just started watching and wow, they're great!

    Do you know what platform they use to stream, did they mention it in the video?

    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • Lango-DjangoLango-Django Niagara-On-The-Lake, ONModerator
    Posts: 1,593

    Yeah, Buco, they talk about that at about 46:00... they seem to have just moved from "Jam Kazam" to "Sync Space" as far as I can tell... and they also said that they had all upgraded to "Fibe", a brand new Bell Canada fibre optic internet system...

    Just by coincidence, "Fibe" is also being installed in my neighbourhood so I hope to be able to give you a review of that soon...

    Buco
    Paul Cezanne: "I could paint for a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing."

    Edgar Degas: "Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.... To draw, you must close your eyes and sing."
  • Posts: 3,166

    Thanks man. They're amazing, great musicians.

    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • Bill Da Costa WilliamsBill Da Costa Williams Barreiro, Portugal✭✭✭ Mateos
    Posts: 370

    A delight – thanks Will.

    Nice repertoire, fun presentation and great interplay between guitar and violin.

    Loved the seldom-seen "four string Joe" style which I hadn’t seen since I saw Venuti tear down a packed Hammersmith Odeon, London in 1967.

  • Lango-DjangoLango-Django Niagara-On-The-Lake, ONModerator
    edited April 4 Posts: 1,593

    Yeah, Bill, I saw Venuti in Toronto a few times.

    One night there was a loud drunk standing at the bar and between every tune he would yell something like:

    "HEY JOE! WHO WAS THAT GUY THAT USED TO PLAY LEAD TRUMPET IN YOUR BIG BAND???"

    Venuti would bite at his fingernail, as was his habit, and look daggers at the guy.

    It went on and finally Joe could take it no more.

    He put down his fiddle and picked up the microphone to bellow:

    "Hey, you wanna get this c******r out of here? He's gettin' on my nerves!"

    ... to general applause...

    BucoBill Da Costa Williams
    Paul Cezanne: "I could paint for a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing."

    Edgar Degas: "Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.... To draw, you must close your eyes and sing."
  • plexi69plexi69 New
    Posts: 71

    Very cool, like that style. Anyone else interested in the sounds of the 20’s should you ok on youtube Janet Klein. She has been playing that era for some time and has a great professional band.

  • Lango-DjangoLango-Django Niagara-On-The-Lake, ONModerator
    Posts: 1,593

    Thanks for telling me.

    They have some cool stuff on YouTube!

    Will

    Paul Cezanne: "I could paint for a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing."

    Edgar Degas: "Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.... To draw, you must close your eyes and sing."
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