Hello! – and welcome to my brand-new website guaranteed to bring you all my news in 2008 and beyond. Designed by Keith Millington (web-giant supreme!) the site tells you all about what I’ve been doing on the jazz scene recently (as well as my ancient history!); gives details of all my gigs and concerts with the Half Dozen, Paul Jones, the Great British Jazz Band and more;offers sound-samples, a sound-archive, and a picture-gallery spanning well over thirty years (I started VERY young!) and notable amongst other things for a great variety in lengths of hair! There’s also a well-stocked shop (from which you can buy directly by credit card or Paypal) offering my CDs, books and DVD ‘Scenes from a Jazz Life’ produced by Zoltan Films – all autographed if you like! Then of course there’s details of how to contact me for shows I do, including links to my principal agent Jack Higgins.
Amongst other delights there’s also a ‘blog’ – very trendy. You can contact me and I look forward to chatting about – well,anything really! You can even drop a request for my weekly radio show which goes out on ‘theJazz’ – Britain’s first national twenty-four hour jazz station, which you can pick up on any DAB radio, through cable TV, or the family computer. The show goes out between 3-5pm on Sunday afternoons and we play anything from Louis to Coltrane; there’s a Dixieland Corner and Swing Shift and plenty of features for the great new stars of our music!
I’m looking forward to ‘blogging’ but apparently I have to start the ball rolling, so here’s a question to chew over. Are you superstitious? I certainly am. Socks have to be on the ‘correct’ feet (left and right) every morning; stage trousers have to be pulled through the hanger waist-last (or it’ll be a bad show!) and toilet rolls – sorry to mention them! – HAVE to hang outwards or something ghastly will happen!
It appears I’m not alone in this! Glenn Miller was the same, and bearing in mind what happened to the legendary Major Miller I shall be even more careful in future! I’ve only just thought of that…….
Anyhow; let’s get the ball rolling! Drop me a line about ANYTHING from superstitions to jazz in general andwe can have a ‘blog’. Should be fun!
Talk soon. Meantime don’t forget to check my datesheet for a gig near you and why not browse the shop too. In a few weeks (with the aid of Keith Millington) we plan to offer FREE DOWNLOADS of rare Fairweather recordings too. Coo-er!
In the meantime have a merry Christmas and a happy and HEALTHY New Year. Don’t forget my Christmas show on ‘theJazz’; 3-5pm Sunday 23 December and the New Year’s one too a week later (Sunday December 30th, natch!)
One more thought. A lot of people listen to radio IN CARS. That’s the way I often do. And just now ‘theJazz’ are offering a complete easy-to-install converter for your car radio to pick up DAB. I think it’s £69.00 and you can fix it on in a couple of minutes!Great idea! Good Christmas present too!!!!!