17 episodes

Music for old people, pretentious music for the middle classes, complex music for young intellectuals or something we can all appreciate & enjoy? With the contribution of musicians in and around her community Fliss delves into the jazz genre to discuss why it continues to thrive amongst all generations.

Journeys In Jazz Fliss Gorst

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    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

Music for old people, pretentious music for the middle classes, complex music for young intellectuals or something we can all appreciate & enjoy? With the contribution of musicians in and around her community Fliss delves into the jazz genre to discuss why it continues to thrive amongst all generations.



    A merry mix of Fliss’s guests this series talking about anything and everything  & concluding the second series of ‘Journeys In Jazz’.
    Georgina Jackson talks of the importance of positive mentors in formative years and the pros and cons of being a female trumpet player.   Pete Billington discusses the wider appeal of pop versus the narrower appeal of jazz, ego & bravado at music college and whether a person's personality is evident in their playing.  Jazz pianist Naadia Sheriff chats about life as a band member and a band leader whilst  Bristol based band leader Joe Longridge tells me what he loves most about leading a 17 piece band. Director of 'Jazz Jurassica Festival' Julie Sheppard talks of the importance of free music events and the need for rural areas to access live jazz and Devon born jazz pianist Matt Carter tells about enjoying his job as a jazz musician.  Seonaid Aitken talks about the challenge of multi tasking and the satisfaction of hearing your own arrangements performed and Jimmy Hastings discusses the importance of musical community, and how it's ok to make mistakes- both in music and life :-)

    One swear word at 5 minutes 34 seconds.

    To hear more listen back to the whole series!

    Find out more about the guests-
    Georgina Jackson https://www.georginajackson.net @georginajacksonmusic
    Naadia Sheriff https://www.naadiasheriff.com @naadiasheriff
    Joe Longridge https://docksidelatin.co.uk @docksidelatin
    Julie Sheppard https://www.jazzjurassica.co.uk @jazzjurassica
    Matt Carter https://mattcartermusic.co.uk @mattcarterpiano
    Seonaid Aitken http://seonaidaitken.com @seonaid_music
    Jimmy Hastings http://www.jimmyhastings.co.uk

    • 42 min
    Seonaid Aitken

    Seonaid Aitken

    Discovering jazz improvisation on violin, balancing numerous jobs and projects, the importance of the Great American Songbook and the difficulties of dancing whilst playing your instrument! In this episode Fliss talks to violinist, vocalist, orchestrator/arranger and broadcaster Seonaid Aitken.

    For more information on Seonaid including the new album 'Chasing Sakura' visit - http://seonaidaitken.com

    Buy her album 'What Is This Thing Called Love' - https://seonaidaitken.bandcamp.com/album/what-is-this-thing-called-love

    Listen to Seonaid present 'Jazz Nights' now on BBC Sounds -

    • 37 min
    Jimmy Hastings

    Jimmy Hastings

    Growing up in a Maharaja's palace, working on migrant ships to Australia in the 60s and working in Humphrey Lyttelton’s wonderful band.
    Jazz musician Jimmy Hastings discusses the camaraderie of musicians, how in his experience they look after each other through times of sickness and good health. We also talk about the importance of practice alongside the need to let things go when they don’t go to plan on stage.

    Find out more about Jimmy here- http://www.jimmyhastings.co.uk

    • 42 min
    Joe Longridge, Julie Sheppard, Matt Carter

    Joe Longridge, Julie Sheppard, Matt Carter

    Why is Latin music less egotistical than jazz? Can you really  fit a whole latin big band inside one Air B&B cottage? Why is it important that jazz musicians continue to tour to less populated locations? Is it tempting for jazz musicians to give up the city life after the pandemic?
    All of these questions are answered and more in this bumper episode where Fliss delves behind the scenes of Jazz Jurassica Festival, the first live jazz festival to return to the UK in May 2021- after the first three lockdowns of the pandemic.
    Be transported to Lyme Regis, Dorset, with the sound of the waves crashing, sea gulls squawking (and kids crying unfortunately!) as Fliss interviews leader of Dockside Latin Orchestra Joe Longridge, festival director Julie Sheppard and jazz pianist Matt Carter.

    For more info on Dockside Latin Orchestra- www.docksidelatin.co.uk
    For more info on Jazz Jurassica- https://www.jazzjurassica.co.uk
    For more info on Matt Carter- https://mattcartermusic.co.uk

    • 56 min
    Pete Billington

    Pete Billington

    Church choirs, touring with the stars of yester-year and whether the stereotypical testosterone fuelled 'cutting ground' of jazz was really ever as intense as it was portrayed. Bassist and pianist Pete Billington chats to Fliss from the dressing room of The Union Theatre Southwark in May 2021.

    Book tickets to see 'Organ Failure!' live at Toulouse Lautrec Kennington 20/08/21 here-

    For more info on the Union Theatre-

    • 40 min
    Naadia Sheriff

    Naadia Sheriff

    An awkward  encounter with a pop star,  the ups and downs of balancing family life with life as a professional musician, being a side woman vs band leader and the draw of London as a musical hub. Naadia Sheriff joins Fliss for a chat recorded on Walthamstow Marshes in May 2020.

    Download 'Beyond The Fear' now from - https://naadiasheriff.bandcamp.com/track/beyond-the-fear

    'Beyond The Fear' Just Giving Site (proceeds to Breast Cancer now) https://www.justgiving.com/team/Beyond-Fear

    Order Naadia's album 'Gnarly Hymn' from  http://naadiasheriff.com/shop/4564436210

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

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Love it!

Love this podcast! Really great conversations about the jazz scene ! X

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Great podcast! Looking forward to more episodes 🎷

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This is an awesome find…Fliss asks all the right questions and the first 2 episodes have given me an insight into the lives of different jazz musicians and their stories. Can’t wait for the next one.

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