PEOPLE AND PLACES I FIND USEFUL AND INTERESTING
Lady Day - Fine and Mellow
I had the pleasure to meet Billie
Holiday about the time this disc
was cut. I was working on the New
Musical Express and she came
across to London and was
rehearsing in the Mandrake Club
in Soho. This YouTube clip starts
with a voice track of the great lady
telling you what it needs to sing
the blues. It's all going in my next
novel!
I love you Porgy
Here she is again - in good health
and at her best.
My man
With a lot more weight but voice
great she sings with just Jimmy
Rowles on piano.
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HERE'S SOME MUSIC
A Little Too Much
A sad one - a song that she sings
with such feeling. Apart from her
love for Lester Young her love
was for her music - and she was
coming to the end of that love
affair. Yes, I still carry a torch for
her!
AND SOME VISUAL TREATS
John Douglas
I've known John for about twenty
five years now - and he's never
stopped painting, photographing
and re-inventing himself.
Fred Cress
Fred has developed a vicious
virtuousity in representing the
relationships between men and
women. Well worth a look. The
long pan is round his studio.
Elisabeth Cibot
A sculptor I met in Paris who
manages to defy gravity.
Gerard Ramon
This is an introduction to this great
sculptor's work that I wrote. It was
in his Montparnasse studio that I
first met Elisabeth Cibot.
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from Billie Holiday to Fred Cress, John Douglas to the New Musical Express -