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Things I learned from a Paloma Faith gig…

July 8th, 2010
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…or to give it its full title – “Things I learned from a Paloma Faith gig that I believe should be implemented in classical music concerts (I’m looking at you Katherine Jenkins)

Last night, your fearless classical and jazz music podcast guys headed to North London and to the Camden Roundhouse to see Paloma Faith rocking out at the iTunes festival.  We’re not so good at gigs in Camden, having been thoroughly confused by Charlie Hazlewood’s Beggar’s Opera earlier this year, and realising five minutes after entering a Big Pink gig at the Electric Ballroom that we were out of our depth, were not appropriately dressed, and that the Big Pink weren’t actually coming on stage until well past our respective bedtimes. Incidentally, it was also at that same moment that Alasdair realised he was old, and Olly realised he was older.

However, not ones to pass up on a free gig, or for that matter a 50% discount on a Nando’s bill (thank you clerical error) we returned to that part of the city we so desperately want approval from, and were treated to a sing-a-long of Faith’s best album tracks along with some covers, including a way over the top cover of Etta James’ At Last as an attempted throw back to her jazz and burlesque days. Neither of us, I think it’s fair to say, were in the moment. Apart from the fact that the speakers couldn’t seem to handle the volume, and caused a distortion that sounded like tiny vuvuzelas, Alasdair had forgotten his little soap box that he takes to most “standing up gigs” so that he can see over the adults and onto the stage, and Olly had just realised via wikipedia that the singer we were (well Olly was) now watching used to do adverts for Agent Provocateur, and so was in an entirely different place and an entirely different moment.

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OxJazz Photos and Part Two

April 13th, 2010
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Here’s a double wammy post – photos from our recent Oxford Adventure and PART TWO of our coverage.  You lucky lucky things…


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Oxford Jazz Festival: EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE

April 2nd, 2010
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OXJAZZ SPECIAL PART I: We’ve got the first in our roving-reporting-recordings of the splendiferous OxJazz Festival and it’s here NOW for your podcasting pleasure. Featured in this episode are: Alvin Roy, Seb Pipe and Dave O’Higgins. Click here for more info…


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BBC INTERVIEW: The chaps at BBC Radio Oxford asked the GetJazzical boys to take care of an interview with Liane Carroll for them and for good measure they also decided to interview our heroes as well, have a gander at the video…

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The Jazzical Mix Tape

March 21st, 2010
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What some of you may not realise is that we have been doing what we do for quite a few years now. For those of you who have noticed there are more pages than the front, you will have learned that while at St Andrews University, Oliver decided to do the radio equivalent of one of those 0900 phone lines that charges 50p per minute and  DOESN’T come up on your mobile bill. With what was known in the streets of that fair town as his sexy/pervy/predator voice, Olly educated the masses with his three CDs worth of Classical Music from the Movies and Miles Davis compilation. It was called the Jazz and Classical show, and was pretty much the best damn jazz and classical show on STAR FM at the time.

In 2007, a terrified new member of the radio committee mentioned a love for Yo-Yo Ma and the rest is our relatively short history. Well, last week Olly and Alasdair sat down to listen to an early broadcast. It wasn’t a vanity exercise, believe us. In fact, it was a bit like replaying a bad first/last date. Moments of “Oh, did I really say that?!” “Somebody say something, this is getting awkward” and the belief from only one side of the table that there was definite chemistry in the air brought dark, lonely, memories flooding back to both presenters.

However, what we did realise (and this was the real reason we were listening (honest) –  is that we played some pretty good music. Before the days where we had to “ask” and “get permission” to play the music on our show, we went nuts. And after a tweet from one of our fans, asking for a GetJazzical Spotify playlist, we thought we’d oblige by archiving the music we used to play on a show we once called “Jazzical“.

So, to all of you who wonder what kind of music we’re really into, or just generally fascinated by the story arc that is (Get)Jazzical,  have a listen! It’s on Spotify so if you don’t have Spotify GET WITH THE PROGRAM, JEEZ!

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PREVIEW: Oxford Jazz Festival

February 28th, 2010
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GetJazzical has an uneasy history with Oxford, city of dreaming pretension.  It seems (and this all came out in a gush of great heaving  sobs) that one of our number was summarily and brutally REJECTED from the canonised seat of education that dwells within the city.  Their loss, the big brainy tossers.  ANYWAY, GetJazzical has some news that’ll make you fall off your chair, get up, sit down and fall off it all over again…ready?


The city that so cruelly stamped REJECT on us has come shuffling back, mortarboard in hand, to ask for a second chance and being the magnanimous and benign people we are, we said ‘yes’ and gave Oxford a little pat on the head to imply that it wasn’t over but we were being the bigger man.

Of course all of this is immensely exciting and has only been made possible by the gregarious and boundlessly energetic Max Mason, co-founder of the festival (along with ever so talented Alissa and Paul) and more deliciously proprietor of the Big Bang sausage and jazz restaurant in that fair city.  As the festival approaches we’ll be bringing you more, but for now book a holiday for the 1st to the 4th of April and have a listen to Max tell you why you should be Oxford-bound for Easter weekend.


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