Posts Tagged ‘Symphony Hall’

Summertiiiiiiiiime……….. (hopefully…..)……….

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

It’s been a while since I last posted anything – no blog entries, no mixes: I’ve only recently started getting back to answering stuff on Twitter!

Anyways, things have been a bit hectic (as  usual), but I managed to get to a couple of things:

  • The screening of Ice-T’s directorial debut: ‘Something From Nothing: the Art of Rap’
  • Wynton Marsalis & his band playing at Birmingham Symphony Hall.
  • I got the new case for my PC build (finally!)

The sun’s FINALLY put in an appearance, after all the horrendous rain, plus the general greyness we’ve had.

I’ll probably get around to discussing these in greater detail later, in the meantime, he’s a few things I’ve been listening to on Mixcloud:

 

Al Jarreau, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Sunday 24-07-11

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

2 great things happened this weekend:

  • The Wife returned from abroad, visiting family
  • We got to see Al Jarreau in concert .(the Wife booked tickets before she went away)

Bafflingly, the venue wasn’t full, but the crowd more than made up for the lack of bodies with their enthusiasm.

Despite being in his 60’s & having the air of a mischievous  granddad (he had a cheeky conversation with a young lad in the audience whom we’d seen with his family earlier at a nearby Italian restaurant a few hours earlier), there was no mistaking THAT voice or denying t he talent & vocal dexterity which has sustained a career spanning decades.

Given this tour was entitled ‘greatest Hits’, there’s a lot of material for him to draw on, but he managed to fit in a fair few classics, from ‘Boogie Down’ , ‘Mornin’’ & ‘Easy’ (from the LP ‘Breaking Away’ when I first encountered  his work as a youngster). He also much to The Wife’s delight, performed her Soul Weekender anthem ‘Double face’, which I was unsure he’d do. She hasn’t stopped reminding me of that.

Between chatting & frequent bouts of jazz scatting, he also performed new material, including a surprising duet with his bassist, Chris Walker, who also performed a solo number which was really good.

 

Another highlight was his cover of the Beatles’ classic ‘She’s Leaving Home’, which I found deeply affecting (must be going soft in my old age….).

Didn’t bring a camera (again), but we went for the train tired, but happy………………