Archive for Jazz

Pat Blythe – Symphonic Jazz (Part V)….an anniversary…..and music

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2020 by segarini

I will be taking a small hiatus for the next two weeks while my eye heals. Cataract surgery is scheduled for Thursday and then time to heal and give my eye(s) a rest. First the left eye…..then the right. At this point I don’t know how far apart (or close together) the surgeries will be. Once this is over with, well…..look out summer, here I come!!!

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Pat Blythe – The Blues and Jazz Brothers….instruments….and music….

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2020 by segarini

Trying to touch on as many things as possible without boring you or losing everyone’s attention is challenging. Hitting the highlights, giving you a flavour without overloading everyone on the nitty gritty details is what I’m aiming for. There are musicians, the instruments that intermingle across all the genres and the endless music…. I am finding it fascinating to learn about how both blues and jazz evolved through the years. Every facet of music today has been touched and influenced by these two genres without many young musicians even realizing it. They don’t realize how lucky they are!

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Pat Blythe – All That Jazz Part II…..and music

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2020 by segarini

I’ve spent the past few nights watching Ken Burns’ documentary Jazz. Released in January 2001, Burns gives us a birds-eye view of what he calls “the most original American art form”. A close friend has provided the entire DVD series (big thanks) as a “must watch” and I, being a lover of history (and writing about this very subject) have had my eyeballs glued to the screen. Burns starts off at the turn of the 20th century taking us through the birth and evolution of jazz music. There are 10 episodes with the final one covering an entire 40 years, from 1961 to 2001.

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Pat Blythe – All That Jazz…..and music…..

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , on January 30, 2020 by segarini

I have been itching to write a series on jazz for quite some time. When I started writing for DBAWIS five years ago I not only wanted to feature the local music scene but dive into the music itself as well as feature the artists who provide us such pleasure. My first series was Women in Song. This was followed by Women of Blues and finally a third series, Women of Rock. I’ve researched and written about the drums, the guitar and how music itself affects the brain and body for both the listener and the writer. Now it’s time for a little jazz.

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Pat Blythe – London Music Week, Canadian Musician Celebrates 40 Years …and Music!

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2019 by segarini

I’m in London, Ontario attending Forest City London Music Week and the awards gala. Hanging my hat at home with my mom. Music was a huge part of my life growing up whether it was inside or outside the home. In the 1970s London was filled with clubs and bars covering everything from punk, rock, jazz, blues, folk to disco. Venues included The Cedar Lounge, The Diamond Club, Fryfogles Tavern (I celebrated my 18th birthday there), Old City Hall, Kelly’s, Mingles, The Noodle Factory, The West End, Smales Pace, Ridout Tavern…..just to name a few. There was something for literally everyone. Major concert venues included Wonderland Gardens (my favourite spot), Centennial Hall and Treasure Island Gardens…..the latter located way out of town near Highway 401.

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Pat Blythe – Pop Goes The Weasel, Bill Wood and The Woodies, Wanda’s, The BTBs……and Music!

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2019 by segarini

I’ve actually finished a book!!! A real ” hold in your hands manually turn the pages” book.  Reading is deeply embedded in my DNA. I descend from a long line of voracious readers. It began at the age of four and never stopped. The comprehension/speed reading exercises they put us through in grades seven and eight have served me well. Chris and I used to read together in companionable silence, only coming up for air when there was something one of us just had to share…..or to make the tea.

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Pat Blythe – Women of Blues Revisited – Part III

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2017 by segarini

Thoughts and ramblings…..

Let me just wander/wonder for a moment. It’s a simply gorgeous day today (Wednesday) and there are way, way too many diatribes written about “he who shall not be shamed”, south of the 49th parallel. Noodling around in amongst what neurons are actually firing is this thought…… What if we all just simply stopped reporting on his every move, his every tweet, his every fart (cause that’s what comes out of his mouth….gas) What if it ALL just completely halted….any mention of his name or his family’s. No Tweets or tweet responses, no Facebook or Facebook sharing, no comedy shows, no “fun” news (i.e. John Oliver), nadda, zip, bupkis….. NOTHING! A complete blackout for say……48 hours. What would we talk about? What exactly are we missing in other news and stories? My curiosity has got the better of me…. what would “he” do. No attention paid, nothing to rail against, no media outlet to harangue, no “fake news” to protest….. I wonder…….and my neurons wander……

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Roxanne Tellier – That Was Sixteen. Going on Seventeen

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2017 by segarini

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2016 is gone. Moving on isn’t the slightest bit difficult. 2017 is going to be … interesting, oh yes it will. Doesn’t seem any other option than to muddle our way through whatever’s this way coming. Fingers crossed it’s not too wicked.

For me, this year has begun differently than many I’ve experienced in the past. Selling the house and moving into the city has brought a lot more freedom into my life. That light at the end of the tunnel turned out to be not an oncoming train, but rather a beautiful fat moon, always just out of reach, but wonderful to see.

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Pat Blythe – Squirrels, Applesauce and Swing

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2016 by segarini

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I have recently rediscovered (for the umpteenth time) an entire box of music, lyrics, short stories and pics stretching from the late 1930s to 1949. The collection once belonged to my late mother-in-law, Penny Blythe. Since she was born in 1924, by my calculation, she started collecting Hit Parader, Sing, Hit Radio Songs, Big Song Magazine, Song Hit Folio, etc. when she was a young teenager. They contain hundred of song lyrics and the list of performers is endless. Some names I am familiar with but many I’ve never heard of.

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Pat Blythe: Women of Blues 3 – Bessie Smith – The Empress of The Blues

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2015 by segarini

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“The blues is not about people knowing you, it’s about you knowing the people.”– Ma Rainey, (from the HBO movie Bessie)

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