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At 24, but already 10 years into her career, saxophonist, vocalist, composer, and New York Local 802 member Grace Kelly is moving past the label “prodigy” and defining her voice as a jazz musician.


Posted by on August 16, 2017 in blues, jazz



 “Honky Tonk” 

“Honky Tonk” is rhythm and blues instrumental written by Billy ButlerBill Doggett, Clifford Scott and Shep Shepherd. Doggett recorded it as a two-part single in 1956.[1] It peaked at number two for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100,[2] and was the biggest R&B hit of the year, spending thirteen non-consecutive weeks at the top-of-the charts.[3][4]   

Honky Tonk” became Doggett’s signature piece and an R&B standard recorded by many other performers. 

Cornell Hurd Band on “Boonville – Live in Mendocino County” (2015)


Posted by on August 14, 2017 in blues



“Ray Charles – I Got A Woman” 

“Ray Charles – I Got A Woman” 

I Got a Woman” (originally titled “I’ve Got a Woman“) is a song co-written and recorded by American R&B and soul musician Ray CharlesAtlantic Records released the song as a single in December 1954, with “Come Back Baby” as the B-side. Both songs later appeared on the 1957 album Ray Charles(subsequently reissued as Hallelujah I Love Her So).

The song was recorded in late 1954 in the Atlanta studios of Georgia Tech radio station WGST. It was a hit—Charles’ first—climbing quickly to #1 R&B in January 1955.[3] Charles told the Pop Chronicles that he performed this song for about a year before he recorded it on November 18, 1954.[4]The song would lead to more hits for Charles during this period when he was with Atlantic. It was later ranked No. 239 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, one of Charles’ five songs on the list.[5] A re-recorded version by Ray Charles, entitled “I Gotta Woman” (ABC-Paramount10649) reached No. 79 on the Billboardpop chart in 1965.[6]


Posted by on August 14, 2017 in 1950s, 1960s, blues, classic music, music


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“Big Jay McNeely – There Is Something On Your Mind” 

“Big Jay McNeely – There Is Something On Your Mind” 

There’s Something on Your Mind (Part 2)” is a 1960 song by Bobby Marchan. The single was Marchan’s most successful release on both the R&B and pop singles chart. “There’s Something on Your Mind” made it to number one on the R&B charts and number thirty-one on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

The song was originally recorded as “There Is Something on Your Mind” in 1957 by Big Jay McNeely and his band in a small Seattle recording studio, and leased more than a year later to Los Angeles disc jockey Hunter Hancock‘s Swingin’ Records label, where it reached #42 on Billboards pop chart and number 2 on the R&B chart in early 1959. The lead vocalist on this original recording was Little Sonny Warner. Though McNeely is listed as the song’s writer, he has freely admitted that he purchased the song from the Rivingtons‘ vocalist John “Sonny” Harris, who in turn had lifted much of it from a gospel song, “Something on My Mind” by the Highway QCs.

The song has been recorded many times since then by Big Jay McNeelyhimself with various collaborators, along with Freddy FenderB.B. KingAlbert KingEtta JamesGene VincentBaby Lloyd Stallworth (of the Famous Flames), the Jolly Jacks (who parodied the violence of the Marchan recording), and others.

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Posted by on August 12, 2017 in blues, r&b


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The French Riviera – Nice Jazz, is Linedup 

The French Riviera – Nice Jazz, is Linedup 

Featured image: Pierre Marcus Quartet 
The French Riviera’s Nice Jazz Festival is known for its unmissable events.  However,  the 2017 Nice Jazz Festival has moved from the Cimiez arenas to the centre of the city. It has also opened up to a variety of musical trends. The festival has two different atmospheres, with bands performing on two stages at once, and a total of six stages every night for five days. Over 30,000 people come to enjoy its quality line-up.

The Nice Jazz Festival, held annually since 1948 in Nice, on the French Riviera, is “the first jazz festival of international significance.”[1] 

The 2016 Festival, scheduled to begin on 16 July, was cancelled in the wake of the truck attack on 14 July 2016.[9]

What Nice jazz follower could forget  the inaugural festival whereby Louis Armstrong and his All Stars were the headliners. It was during this first edition that Suzy Delair sang C’est si bon for the first time, to a cabaret where Louis Armstrong ended his evening.[2][3] Frommer’s calls it “the biggest, flashiest, and most prestigious jazz festival in Europe.”[4]

Over the years, many artists, such as Lionel HamptonDizzy GillespieRay CharlesElla Fitzgerald,[5] Helen Humes,[6] Herbie Hancock, and Miles Davis,[7] regularly appeared at the festival. After 1994, it saw a change of emphasis, with more world music and pop. But the festival’s newest organizer, Vivian Sicnasi, has reinstated an eclectic mix of traditional and modern sounds with an international line-up; it remains “one of the Riviera‘s biggest annual events.”[8]

Set in the vast Jardins de Cimiez (which contains a Roman amphitheatre), the event features several separate stages where groups perform simultaneously each evening, for eight days in July.[4]

In 2011, following years of falling attendance, the festival was moved from Cimiez to the more centrally located Place Masséna. It was reported that about 30,000 spectators attended the five-day festival in 2011. The 2012 festival took place from July 8–12 and performers included Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee BridgewaterErykah Badu, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Gregory Porter and the Jimi Brown Experience.

Monday 17 july – Flow – Masséna – 8:00 PM

2017 0717 - B  - MASSENA -  De la Soul Live Band -


Monday 17 july – Flow – Masséna – 9:15 PM

2017 0717 - C - MASSENA - Herbie Hancock -


Monday 17 july – Flow – Masséna – 11:00 PM

2017 0717 - A - TDV - Becca Stevens -


Monday 17 july – Flow – Théâtre de Verdure – 7:30 PM

2017 0717 - B - TDV - Woman To Woman


Monday 17 july – Flow – Théâtre de Verdure – 8:45 PM

2017 0717 - C - TDV - Roberto Fonseca


Monday 17 july – Flow – Théâtre de Verdure – 10:30 PM

2017 0718 - A - MASSENA - Con Brio -


Tuesday 18 july – Beats – Masséna – 8:00 PM

2017 0718 - B - MASSENA - Laura Mvula -


Tuesday 18 july – Beats – Masséna – 9:15 PM

2017 0718 - C - MASSENA -  Ibrahim Maalouf


Tuesday 18 july – Beats – Masséna – 11:00 PM

2017 0718 - A - TDV - Samy Thiebault -


Tuesday 18 july – Beats – Théâtre de Verdure – 7:30 PM

2017 0718 - B - TDV - Christian McBride New Jawn -


Tuesday 18 july – Beats – Théâtre de Verdure – 8:45 PM

2017 0718 - C - TDV - Youn Sun Nah


Tuesday 18 july – Beats – Théâtre de Verdure – 10:30 PM

2017 0719 - A - MASSENA - Sir The Baptist -


Wednesday 19 july – Rhymes – Masséna – 8:00 PM

2017 0719 - B - MASSENA - Chinese Man -


Wednesday 19 july – Rhymes – Masséna – 9:15 PM

2017  0719 - C - MASSENA - Mary J. Blige -


Wednesday 19 july – Rhymes – Masséna – 11:00 PM

2017 0719 - A - TDV - Johnny O'Neal Trio -


Wednesday 19 july – Rhymes – Théâtre de Verdure – 7:30 PM

2017 0719 - B - TDV - Tony Allen -


Wednesday 19 july – Rhymes – Théâtre de Verdure – 8:45 PM

2017 0719 - C - TDV - Cory Henry -


Wednesday 19 july – Rhymes – Théâtre de Verdure – 10:30 PM

2017 0720 - MASSENA - Seramic -


Thursday 20 july – Party – Masséna – 8:00 PM

2017 0720 - C - MASSENA - Deluxe


Thursday 20 july – Party – Masséna – 9:15 PM

2017 0719 - C - MASSENA - IAM -


Thursday 20 july – Party – Masséna – 11:00 PM

2017 0720 - A - TDV - Daniel Freedman -


Thursday 20 july – Party – Théâtre de Verdure – 7:30 PM

2017 0720 - B - TDV - Shai Maestro -


Thursday 20 july – Party – Théâtre de Verdure – 8:45 PM

2017 0720 - C - TDV - The Jazz Epistles - © DR(3).jpg


Thursday 20 july – Party – Théâtre de Verdure – 10:30 PM

2017 0721 - A - MASSENA - Kadhja Bonet


Friday 21 july – Unity – Masséna – 8:00 PM



Friday 21 july – Unity – Masséna – 9:15 PM

2017 0721 - C - MASSENA - LAMOMALI L aventure Malienne de M


Friday 21 july – Unity – Masséna – 11:00 PM

2017 0721 - A - TDV - Spirale Trio -


Friday 21 july – Unity – Théâtre de Verdure – 7:00 PM

2017 0721 - A - TDV - Pierre Marcus Quartet -


Friday 21 july – Unity – Théâtre de Verdure – 7:30 PM

2017 0721 - B - TDV - Henri Texier & the SkyDancer 6 -


Friday 21 july – Unity – Théâtre de Verdure – 8:45 PM

2017 0721 - C - TDV - Kamasi Washington


Friday 21 july – Unity – Théâtre de Verdure – 10:30 PM



“Zaz – Je veux/I want” 

Isabelle Geffroy[1] (born 1 May 1980 in Tours, France), better known by the nickname Zaz, is a French singer-songwriter who mixes jazzy stylesFrench varietysoul and acoustic. She is famous for her hit “Je veux”, from her first album, Zaz, released on 10 May 2010.[2]She has sold over 3.4 million albums worldwide and is currently one of the most successful French singers in the world.

In 2001, she started her singing career in the blues band “Fifty Fingers”. She sang in musical groups in Angoulême, especially in a jazz quintet.[4] She became one of the four singers of Izar-Adatz (Basque for “Shooting Star”), a variety band which consisted of sixteen people with whom she toured for two years, especially in the Midi-Pyrenees and the Basque Country. She worked in the studio as a backing singer in Toulouse and performed with many singers, including Maeso, Art Mengo, Vladimir Max, Jean-Pierre Mader, Eduardo Sanguinetti, the latinoamerican philosopher and land-artist,[5] and Serge Guerao.

In 2011, Zaz won an EBBA Award. Every year the European Border Breakers Awards EBBA recognize the success of ten emerging artists or groups who reached audiences outside their own countries with their first internationally released album in the past year.

In May 2010, French magazine Télérama announced: “Rumor has swelled in recent weeks: Zaz is an extraordinary voice, and she will be the revelation of the summer!”.[6] On 10 May 2010, Zaz released her first album. It contains songs she wrote (“Trop sensible”) and co-composed (“Les passants”, “Le long de la route”, “Prends garde à ta langue”, “J’aime à nouveau”, “Ni oui ni non”). Kerredine Soltani produced the album on the label “Play On” and wrote and composed the hit single “Je veux”. The pop singer Raphaël Haroche wrote her songs “Éblouie par la nuit”, “Port Coton” and “La fée”. In 2010, she signed a contract for her tours with Caramba and publisher Sony ATV. She was invited to make several television appearances (such as Taratata or Chabada) and was featured in several programs on the radio. On Sunday 6 October 2013, Zaz appeared on BBC One‘s The Andrew Marr Show in London and sang “Je veux” live.

Zaz then toured France (Paris, La Rochelle, MontaubanSaint-Ouen, Chateauroux, LanderneauFécamp…), performed at the Francofolies of Montreal (Canada), and sang in Monthey (Switzerland), Brussels, Berlin, and Milan. In autumn Zaz topped the charts in Belgium, Switzerland, and Austria. Matthieu Baligand, her manager and producer at Caramba Entertainment, explained to Libération: “We talk a lot of her right now and people are waiting her at the turn… Despite the demand, it seems preferable to do her first tour in fifty small places which will render her credible. Zaz is a popular, intuitive artist, who is familiar with music, who can sing, but doing a quality show is something else (…).” In November 2010, the debut album Zaz became double platinum and she was awarded “Revelation Song” by the Académie Charles Cros. Zaz also won the European Border Breakers Award: she was named the French artist most played abroad in 2010. According to a survey published by L’Internaute, Zaz was the most popular French singer in the 2010 ranking.[7]

She is also featured on the song “Coeur Volant” for the soundtrack of the 2011 film, Hugo. Her live CD and DVD Zaz live tour Sans Tsu Tsou was revealed.

Her song “Eblouie Par La Nuit” was featured in the 2013 American neo-noir crime thriller, “Dead Man Down”.

In 2012, Zaz went on tour and held concerts in various countries around the world including Japan, Canada, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Slovenia, Czech Republic (Colours of Ostrava), Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Turkey, among other countries.[8]

With her album Paris she won the 2015 Echo award for best international female rock/pop artist.[9]


I want (Je veux)

Give me a suite at the Ritz hotel, I don’t want that

Chanel’s jewellery, I don’t want that

Give me a limo, what would I do with it?

Offer me staff, what would I do with it?

A mansion in Neufchatel, it’s not for me

Offer me the Eiffel tower, what would I do with it?


I want love, joy, good spirit

It’s not your money that will make me happy

I want to die with a hand on my heart

Let’s go together, let’s discover my freedom,

Forget all your prejudice, welcome to my reality


I’m fed up with your good manners, it’s too much for me

I eat with my hands, I’m like that

I speak loud and I’m direct, sorry

Let’s end the hypocrisy, I’m out of it

I’m tired of double-talks

Look at me, I’m not even mad at you, I’m just like that


I want love, joy, good spirit

It’s not your money that will make me happy

I want to die with a hand on my heart

Let’s go together, let’s discover my freedom,

Forget all your prejudice, welcome to my reality

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Posted by on July 14, 2017 in blues, FRENCH FRIDAYS, jazz


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 “Hula Blues” 

image: dobro hulu blus duolian

John Avery Noble (September 17, 1892, Honolulu, Hawaii – January 13, 1944, Honolulu), better known as Johnny Noble, was an American musician, composer and arranger. He was one of the key figures behind the development of the hapa haole style of music in Honolulu, and played a leading role in introducing Hawaiian music to the United States.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Johnny Noble was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 17, 1892. He was exposed to music from an early age, listening to band concerts on Sunday afternoons in Kapiolani Park, and traditional singing in local churches. He attended Kaiulani School, and in his spare time sold newspapers on the streets of Honolulu and entertained passers-by whistling popular tunes.[2]His high school education was at Saint Louis School, where he learned to play drums, piano and guitar. He graduated from school in 1911 and went to work at the Mutual Telephone Company in Honolulu, where he continued working long after he became a successful musician.[3]


In 1917, Noble was hired by Ernest Ka’ai who was musical director at many Honolulu hotels.[4] Noble worked part-time as a drummer at several theaters before meeting Sonny Cunha, a well known Honolulu musician. Cunha was born in 1879, also in Honolulu, and developed the hapa haole (half-Hawaiian) sound in 1900 by mixing traditional Hawaiian music and American ragtime.[5] In 1918 Noble became a member of Cunha’s band playing drums and xylophone, and soon was well acquainted with the hapa haole. Cunha was Noble’s mentor and, among other things, taught Noble composition. Noble adopted Cunha’s music to blend jazz and blues with Hawaiian music to produce a new style of hapa haole. While conservatives complained that this new music “degrad[ed] and commercializ[ed]” traditional Hawaiian music, it was very popular with audiences in Honolulu.[6]

Noble went on to become an arranger and a band leader. In 1920 he led Honolulu’s Moana Hotel orchestra, introducing his new music to the band’s repertoire.[7] He later ended up supervising most of Honolulu’s hotels and country club entertainment.[2] In 1924 Noble was chosen as Hawaii’s delegate at a Music Trade Convention in San Francisco, where he took the opportunity to look for new ideas to incorporate in his music. Over the next few years Noble and his band publicized Hawaiian music by means of recordings, radio broadcasts, performances on cruise ships and tours of mainland America.[8] Noble played a leading role in introducing and popularizing Hawaiian music in the United States.[1]

Noble composed a number of hapa haole tunes, including “My Little Grass Shack“, “King Kamehameha” and “Hula Blues”. He also popularized the traditional “Hawaiian War Chant” song.[2]Noble published hundreds of traditional Hawaiian songs in their original form, and reworked many to “Western scale and contemporary instrumentation”.[1]He made over a 100 recordings, which included 110 songs for Brunswick Records.[2]



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