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The rent party was a phenomenon that occurred from 1920-1950's to raise the money needed to meet the cost of accommodation,  which was often higher for black tenants.  They were covertly advertised on simple cards  as "Social Parties" or "Whist
Here are 2 examples of quartile harmony to support the previous podcast
What is Quartal Harmony? Who brought it into jazz in a big way and when?Nick and Simon discuss these points
When is a dominant chord not a dominant chord?When it's a tritone substitution!We try to demystify this term and speak about its use in jazz harmony.
The Flamingo ClubThe  Flamingo Club (not to be confused with Club Flamingo of Police Squad!)was a London nightclub active from 1952-1969. It was initially, primarily a jazz club and later became a haunt for the swinging 60s crowd featuring band
Book ReviewTed Gioia has written 11 books on music, many of them on jazz. Simon wrongly said that the first book of Ted's he read was West Coast Jazz forgetting that it was actually  " Jazz : An Imperfect Art" from 1989 - one of the four books
Archer StreetWe discuss the role of a single Soho street in the lives of musicians looking for work in London from the 1920s until the 1960s Watch the Documentary mentioned here Musicians Union Article here
In our third interview with people who promote, facilitate and help proliferate Jazz.Sebastian Scotney is the driving force behind London Jazz News a hub for the promotion of new jazz releases upcoming gigs and all things Jazz in London.  
Tete Montoliu was a spanish pianist who had a long and successful career. As part of our " pianists under the radar" we discuss him and his playing style. This goes with our other episodes on pianists Mel Powell, Joe Albany, Hod O'Brien and Hor
Riverside records only ran from 1953 to 1964 but in that time captured some of the greats of the period. Orin Keepnews was the producer of a majority of the jazz albums and even had a tune named after him composed by Bill Evans at his anagramat
In this Episode Nick and Simon discuss Stars of Jazz  which was an American television program that ran between 1956 and 1958 and featured performances and interviews with many leading jazz performers of the time. The innovative program started
Another in our series of  music theory podcasst this time Nick and Simon focus on the Whole Tone Scale. In music, a whole-tone scale is a scale in which each note is separated from its neighbors by the interval of a whole tone. In twelve-tone e
Nick and Simon talk about Birdland the  jazz club which  started in New York City on December 15, 1949. The original Birdland, which was located at 1678 Broadway, just north of West 52nd Street in Manhattan, was closed in 1965 due to increased
Horace Parlan is another in our under the radar players episodes,  known for working in the hard bop and post-bop styles of jazz. In addition to his work as a bandleader Parlan was known for his contributions to the Charles Mingus recordings Mi
What is a fakebook, where can I get one and is a real book different? These questions answered as Nick and Simon discuss the jazz players tune bible.
In this episode Nick and Simon discuss  classic holiday albums from the past, and also look at a couple of new Christmas releases. This year we also deal with the issue of wassailing! Here is an apple music playlist of some of the albums we dis
Norman Granz set up Jazz at the Philharmonic with little more than chutzpah and a handful of cash. JATP would go on to create careers and fortunes for many musicians. Find out more as Nick and simon discuss a series of concerts that changed jaz
Simon and Nick discuss an instrument less often heard in Jazz- The Harp.
Who was the Jazz Heavy weight?  Nick and Simon discuss the biography of a jazz great who had a varied career.
What is an altered scale , where can you use it, what are its other names, and what scale is it related to? Nick and Simon shed light on the altered scale and its harmonic usage.
Simon & Nick talk about a book they both enjoyed reading. But Beautiful by Geoff Dyer
Who was Hod O'Brien? In this episode Nick introduces Simon to a pianist he feels deserves wider recognition.
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.
Nick And Simon visited Paul Pace at Ronnie Scotts and asked him these 5 questions1. 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 etc2. What is your involvement with the
Can You Hear Me at the Back?Nick and Simon lay out the development of amplification, and how it has been used in jazz.
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