Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – Alice Coltrane #Pianist #Harpist


Welcome to the last music column of the year with William Price King who will return in the New Year with more Jazz instrumentalists.

Today, William shares the life and music of pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane (née McLeod, August 27, 1937 – January 12, 2007), also known by her adopted Sanskrit name Turiyasangitananda or Turiya Alice Coltrane, was an American jazz musician and composer, and in her later years a swamini. One of the few harpists in the history of jazz, she recorded many albums as a bandleader, beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s for Impulse! and other major record labels. She was the second wife and the widow of jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane.

Alice McLeod was born on August 27, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in a musical household. Her mother, Anna McLeod, was a member of the choir at her church, and her half brother, Ernest Farrow became a jazz bassist. With the motivation of Ernest, Alice pursued music and started to perform in various clubs around Detroit, until moving to Paris in the late 1950s. Alice studied classical music, and also jazz with Bud Powell in Paris, where she worked as the intermission pianist at the Blue Note Jazz Club in 1960. Following the breakdown of her marriage to Kenny Hagood Alice moved back to Detroit with her daughter.

She continued playing jazz as a professional in Detroit, with her own trio and as a duo with vibist Terry Pollard. In 1962–63 she played with Terry Gibbs’ quartet, during which time she met John Coltrane. In 1965 they were married in Juárez, Mexico. John Coltrane became stepfather to Alice’s daughter Michelle, and the couple had three children together.

In January 1966, Alice Coltrane replaced McCoy Tyner as pianist with John Coltrane’s group. She subsequently recorded with him and continued playing with the band until his death on July 17, 1967. After her husband’s death, she continued to forward the musical and spiritual vision, and started to release records as a composer and bandleader.

“Ptah, the El Daoud” recorded and released in 1970 is the third solo album by Alice Coltrane and her first album with horns. All of the compositions were written by her. This is a great album consisting of four tracks featuring an all-star cast including Ben Riley, Ron Carter, Pharaoh Sanders, and Joe Henderson. From the first moments of the title track to the last moments of « Mantra, » the album resonates with beauty, clarity, and emotion and demonstrates that Alice was a strong composer and performer in her own right, with a unique ability to impregnate her music with spirituality and gentleness without losing its edges or depth.

From 1968 to 1977, she released thirteen full-length records. As the years passed, her musical direction moved further from standard jazz into the more cosmic, spiritual world.

“Journey in Satchidananda”, a transcendental blend of modal experimental Jazz and Eastern spirituality, is Alice Coltrane’s fourth solo album whose title and title track reflect the inspiration she received from Swami Satchidananda, with whom she had a special relationship while, at the same time, being one of his followers. In the liner notes for this album, Mensah Demary wrote “listening to Alice play is to hear what love, and the love of life, sounds like—it is a love that is for John, but is also clearly a love for something higher, something far less flawed and temporary than another human being.” Though the arrangements are pared down, there is a myriad of bells, oud, tamboura, and other exotic instrumentation and she shares the spotlight with a group of legendary musicians such as Pharaoh Sanders, Charlie Haden, Cecil McBee, and Rashied Ali. This album was recorded at the Coltrane studio in New York and released on the label Impulse in 1971.

Albums like Universal Consciousness (1971), and World Galaxy (1972), show a progression from a four-piece lineup to a more orchestral approach, with lush string arrangements and cascading harps.

“Universal Consciousness,” Coltrane’s fifth solo album, is a tribute to her spiritual principles. Ornette Coleman did the arrangements, featuring guest stars Jimmy Garrison, Rashied Ali, Jack DeJohnette and Leroy Jenkins. The avant garde “Universal Consciousness “ transcends free jazz by its reliance on deeply thematic harmonic material. The music, whether composed or improvised, perfectly unites the kingdoms of body, speech, and mind for the listener to take into his/her own experience.

The death of John Coltrane was devastating and led to Alice turning further towards a spiritual path. In 1975 she established the Vedantic Center in California and became the director or swamini of Shanti Anantam Ashram in 1983 near Malibu.

This Alice Coltrane recording of “Transfiguration“, featuring Reggie Workman and Roy Haynes in the rhythm section, was recorded live at UCLA in 1978. Here, her keyboard work is greatly influenced by African and Indian music. There is a strong resemblance with the organ playing of minimalist Terry Riley, who is also one of her devotional figures. “Transfiguration” highlights her virtuosity and improvisational prowess, which is particularly noticeable on John Coltrane’s “Leo”, divided into two parts, in which she uses twelve tones which play off each other to represent each sign of the zodiac. A powerful piece of music.

Alice would perform formal and informal devotional Vedic ceremonies at the ashram. She performed solo chants, known as bhajans, and group chants, or kirtans. She developed original melodies from the traditional chants, and started to experiment by including synthesizers and sophisticated song structures. This culminated in her first spiritual cassette, Turiya Sings, in 1982 and through the mid 1980s into the mid 1990s, she released three more cassettes, Divine Songs in 1987, Infinite Chants in 1990, and Glorious Chants in 1995. New York-based label Luaka Bop released a compilation of tracks from her ashram tapes as World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda in May 2017.

The 1990s saw renewed interest in her work, which led to the release of the compilation Astral Meditations, and in 2004 she released her comeback album Translinear Light. Following a 25-year break from major public performances, she returned to the stage for three U.S. appearances in the fall of 2006, culminating on November 4 with a concert for the San Francisco Jazz Festival with her son Ravi, drummer Roy Haynes, and bassist Charlie Haden.

“Translinear Light “, Alice’s last studio album, was produced by her son Ravi Coltrane who accompanies her on the saxophone and percussions. This was her big comeback album with a little help from her friends, Charlie Haden on double bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums. In addition to the original compositions, this album includes two works by John Coltrane and four covers, showcasing the many influences she had during her career as well as, from time to time, fusion. The tracks « Satya Sai Isha », “This Train”, “Triloka”, and “Leo” where there’s an awesome interplay with her son Ravi, are mind blowing.

Alice Coltrane died of respiratory failure at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in suburban Los Angeles in 2007, aged 69. She is buried alongside John Coltrane in Pinelawn Memorial Park, Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York.

Additional sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Coltrane

Buy the music of Alice Coltrane : https://www.amazon.com/Alice-Coltrane/e/B000AQ4K9Q

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION https://williampriceking.tumblr.com

Connect with William

Websitehttp://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venuehttp://cave-wilson.com/ 
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find all of the Music Column series in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

And here is a reminder of the magic of William Price King’s own voice.. a teaser with his new accompanist Manolis…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – Christmas book promotions, Music, Humour, great food and fantastic guests.


I cannot believe that it is December and we are less than four weeks away from Christmas Day. I am on target to feature all the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore before the big day and I hope you will enjoy this week’s selection of gift ideas.. They will also be in the main menu in their directory and I will be sending that out on social media regularly.

Apart from that we have been sorting out our own Christmas. Usually David puts up our artificial tree which we have had for about 20 years, adds the lights and then I decorate. Last year because of getting ready for visitors, he actually decorated it and did such an amazing job, I have volunteered him to do it again. I will sit with a glass of Cava and admire his expertise.

Next week I have a Christmas fair locally and I am selling some of my books (not the weight loss one!) and homemade fudge. I am about to have a practice run… and will try not to eat too much of the first batch. I have downloaded a fail safe recipe from the Internet, which in my case usually just ends up as a fail….will keep you informed.

It is getting close to the wire for new books on the shelves but still have a couple of slots left for the week after next. So please let me know if you are in the Cafe and Bookstore and have a new release before Christmas.

Also I have 6 spots left for the Christmas party – Twelve Days of Christmas so please think about sending your 100 words about your best Christmas Gift Ever ASAP.. here is the link… and don’t forget it is another opportunity to promote your blog and books, even if you have already been in one of the promotions.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/20/smorgasbord-christmas-promotions-the-twelve-days-of-christmas-party-guests-food-and-music-promotional-opportunity/

There are a lot of posts to get through… so on with the show.

As always a huge thank you to my regular contributors William Price King, Carol Taylor and Jessica Norrie.

If you are new to book marketing… or would like to find out how to maximise your presence on social media.. you might like to pop over to Lisa Burton, whose author is Craig Boyack, and take advantage of some of the promotional opportunities offered by some seasoned bloggers. They include The Story Reading Ape, Colleen Chesebro, Sue Vincent, Annette Rochelle Aben and myself..

https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2018/11/29/exposing-your-work-on-lisaburtonradio/

William Price King introduces us to the amazing Flutist, Herbie Mann

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-herbie-mann-flutist/

It is 1992 and fun and games in the Docklands in London… plus music from Roy Orbison.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/29/smorgasbord-music-column-1992-london-docklands-roy-orbison-request-from-jane-risdon-gloria-estefan/

Cranberries have a wealth of health benefits which I share, and this is followed by some amazing recipes from Carol Taylor that will make your mouth water.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/28/christmas-smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-cranberries-bittersweet/

Jessica Norrie shares an interesting way to find some bestsellers: Ahem! Shortly I’ll have a significant birthday present from Transport for London of free travel on bus, tubes and some trains. If you’ve never tried people watching from the top deck of a London bus, put it on your bucket list. But I’ll need a book for those long underground rides. Where better to start a stockpile than rereading bestsellers published in the year of my birth? When I googled them I was surprised and rather moved to find how many I’d read and how they still resonate. (Do this for your own year of birth and see if the same thing happens. Obviously, I read them at appropriate stages in my life, not when they first appeared!)

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/12/01/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-literary-column-with-jessica-norrie-what-bestsellers-were-released-in-the-year-of-your-birth/

Joy encourages to dust of our shelved creative work, and also shares a short story that is very topical at this time of year.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/30/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-guest-writer-disinterrment-by-joy-lennick-shortstory-writing/

It is that time of the week when I throw my hat and my syllables into the ring prompted by Colleen Chesebro Poetry Challenge no. 112

This week the two prompt words are ‘Cold and Safe’ and we can only use synonyms… so I have opted for ‘Chill and Protected’.

Beast from the North

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/28/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-tuesday-poetry-challenge-112-etheree-beast-from-the-north/

The first of the two short stories this weekend was about Yves… a ladies man with a penchant for attracting the lost but loaded widows and divorcees in the South of France… but what happens when he falls in love for real?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/12/01/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-yves-be-careful-what-you-wish-for-by-sally-cronin/

The second story is about Zoe.. who offers her services as a clairvoyant… with some surprising results.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/12/02/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-volume-2-zoe-looking-to-the-future-by-sally-cronin/

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-for-christmas-romance-humour-if-you-love-me-im-yours-by-lizzie-chantree/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-buy-a-book-for-christmas-memoirs-brigid-p-gallagher-chuck-jackson-karen-ingalls-and-d-g-kaye/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-buy-a-book-for-christmas-supernatural-marcia-meara-charles-e-yallowitz-stuart-france-and-sue-vincent/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/28/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-buy-a-book-for-christmas-nonfiction-denise-ohagan-terri-webster-schrandt-dolly-aizenman-and-sacha-black/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/29/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-buy-a-book-for-christmas-historical-wwii-mary-adler-m-c-v-egan-paulette-mahurin-and-marina-osipova/

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/30/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-buy-a-book-for-christmas-fantasy-adele-marie-park-vashti-quiroz-vega-and-nicholas-c-rossis/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/12/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-buy-a-book-for-christmas-historical-frank-parker-tony-riches-romance-shehanne-moore-and-lyn-horner/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/12/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-buy-a-book-for-christmas-vampires-paranormal-scifi-dragons-anne-marie-andrus-mae-clair-janet-gogerty-and-paul-cude/

This week a look at dairy which does have many nutrients that the body needs, and for most of us… there is no problem in eating moderately (too much cheese and butter, whilst good for you, can put weight on). But for some eating dairy results in a number of digestive problems.

The subject of eating fat has had us all going around in circles for years. One minute you need to dump it all and the next it is poor carbohydrates on the chopping block. I have written a number of posts on the subject. Unhealthy fats: Industrially produced fats and Healthy Fats: Essential Fatty Acids and Good fats

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/29/smorgasbord-health-column-a-z-of-common-conditions-allergies-and-intolerances-dairy-leaky-gut/

Some new guest comedians with a wicked sense of humour about the drinks we embibe and some health posts as well..The Lords of the Drink

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-guest-comedians-the-lords-of-the-drink/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/29/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-guest-comedian-d-g-kaye-hot-flashes-and-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Thank you for visiting and all your support during the week, every week. It is much appreciated…

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – Herbie Mann #Flutist


Welcome to the Music Column with William Price King, and this week William is sharing the life and music of flutist Herbie Mann.

Herbert Jay Solomon (April 16, 1930 – July 1, 2003), known by his stage name Herbie Mann, was an American jazz flutist and important early practitioner of world music. Early in his career, he also played tenor saxophone and clarinet (including bass clarinet), but Mann was among the first jazz musicians to specialize on the flute. His most popular single was “Hijack”, which was a Billboard No. 1 dance hit for three weeks in 1975.

Mann emphasized the groove approach in his music. Mann felt that from his repertoire, the “epitome of a groove record” was Memphis Underground or Push Push, because the “rhythm section locked all in one perception.”

Herbie Mann was born in Brooklyn, New York to Harry C. Soloman who was of Russian descent and Ruth Rose who was Romanian, born in Austria-Hungary, who had come to the United States when she was six years old. Both his parents where singers and dancers and they taught Herbie to dance as well as encouraged his musical talent. This was evident early as his first professional performance was at the age of only 15 in 1945 playing at the iconic Catskills resorts. His career took off in the 1950s an he began performing as a bop flutist, playing in combos with artists such as Phil Woods, but also occasionally playing bass clarinet, tenor saxophone and solo flute.

He was an early pioneer of the fusion of jazz and world music and in 1950, following a State Department sponsored tour of Africa, he recorded Flautista, an album of Afro-Cuban Jass. He toured Brazil and was inspired, on his return to the US, to record with Brazilian musicians including Antonio Carlos Jobim. The albums helped to bring bossa nova to the United States and also Europe.

The Bill Evan’s Trio, featuring Chuck Israels on bass and Paul Motian on the drums joined Herbie Mann to record the 1964 album Nirvana, released on the Atlantic label. Here, two jazz greats create melodic harmony in an exciting bebop* context.

• Bebop – the term ‘bebop’, derived from nonsense syllables used in scat singing, is a style of jazz developed in the early to mid-1940s in the US featuring songs characterized by a fast tempo, complex chord progressions with rapid chord changes and numerous key changes. This allows instrumental virtuosity, and improvisation based on a combination of harmonic structure, and occasional references to the melody. Bebop was not intended for dancing.

 Memphis Underground, one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, is a funky jazz flute album that mixes laid back Memphis R&B with Jamaican reggae and touches of fusion and rock. Rolling Stone said “Memphis Underground is a piece of musical alchemy, a marvelously intricate combination of the ‘ Memphis sound’ and jazz lyricism.” The album was recorded in Chips Moman’s American Studios in Memphis, a studio used by many well-known R&B and pop artists at that time. ‘ Memphis Underground’ was engineered and produced by Tom Dowd. Other than Herbie Mann the principal soloists were Roy Ayers, Larry Coryell, and Sonny Sharrock, all of whom were leading jazz musicians.

Following the 1969 Memphis Underground, there was a period of declined interest in Jazz, however a number of smooth jazz albums, influenced by Southern Soul, blues, reggae and disco, kept Herbie Mann performing, despite purist jazz fans and critics reservations. The albums kept more than Herbie Mann in work, as the other artists were some of the best-known and requested session musicians of the time. Herbie also enjoyed some pop hits which was unusual for a jazz musicians and had at least 25 albums in the Billboard 200 pop charts.

Mann was also known for his classical jazz fusion pieces, broadening his appeal into yet another music style.

“My Little Ones“, from the album ‘Concerto Grosso in D Blues’ which merges jazz and classical music, was written for Mann’s children and recorded in 1968. This wistful piece is at once loving and soaring, and is perfectly sustained by the double string quartet. This album successfully spans the decades from Tachaikovsky to Stockhausen, and from New Orleans to free jazz.

“Peace Piece”, composed by Bill Evans, bears some resemblance to Chopin’sBerseuses in D♭ major’. Both pieces use a two-chord left-hand ostinato* throughout, and both have an ornamented melodic line. This is a perfect example of the depth of Evans’ compositional technique. In this jazzy version there is a well thought out multiple flute arrangement (Mann overdubbed his flutes to create an orchestral sound) and the composition evolves into a delicate ensemble piece featuring Randy Brecker on the flugelhorn. Although there are many discordant notes, this is a peaceful song.

*Ostinato – a continually repeated musical phrase or rhythm.

In the early 1970s Herbie Mann formed Embryo Records producing jazz albums for other artists such as Ron Carter, Phil Woods and Dick Morrissey.

America/Brasil is a celebratory album marking Mann’s 65th birthday (April 1995). The emphasis here is on Mann’s Brazilian side and is as vibrant as the musical cultures it represents. Recorded live, the expertly arranged performances leave plenty of solo space and throughout Mann leads the way with Randy Brecker and Claudio Roditi on trumpet, Jim Pugh on trombone, Sergio Brandao on bass, Romero Lubambo on guitar, Ricky Sebastian on drums, and Cyro Baptiste on percussions.

His last appearance was on May 3, 2003, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and he died less than two months later on July 1, 2003, at the age of 73, after a long battle with prostate cancer.

Buy Herbie Mann Music: https://www.amazon.com/Herbie-Mann/e/B000AQ0JBY

Other sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbie_Mann

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION https://williampriceking.tumblr.com

Connect with William

Websitehttp://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venuehttp://cave-wilson.com/ 
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find all of the Music Column series in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – William Price King with Chet Baker – 1990s #Charts – Short stories – Recipes for #Turkey – #Books for #Christmas.


Welcome to the weekly round up and today the sun is shining for the first time in a week.. Cold but bright. And fitting as the Christmas blog and book promotions began this week as I have 160+ authors to promote between now and the big day. Thankfully with Ebooks… you can buy right up to the wire. As so many children’s books are in print… I have shared most of those this week but there will be more to come in the following promotions.

Just a reminder of what is going on, including 12 days of party from December 13th which you are invited to participate in: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/10/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-christmas-author-and-blog-promotions-2018-its-party-time-again/

As there is quite a bit to get through..here are the posts from the week that you might have missed.

The Music Column with William Price King and the legendary Chet Baker – Trombone – my thanks as always to William for sharing his experiences and knowledge with us.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-jazz-musicians-trumpet-chet-baker/

And the music of 1990 that I still play today.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/15/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-1990-michael-bolton-and-m-c-hammer/

My response to this week’s Tuesday #Poetry Challenge by Colleen Chesebro #etheree

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/14/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebro-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-110-etheree-pleasant-and-read-sally-cronin/

 

The first story this weekend is about a man who takes things way too much for granted.. Meet Usher.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/17/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-usher-taking-things-for-granted-by-sally-cronin/

Vanessa is a mother who is faced with a life changing dilemma..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/18/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-volume-two-vanessa-in-a-dilemma-by-sally-cronin/

My review of Born in a Treacherous Time by Jacqui Murray.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/18/smorgasbord-book-reviews-born-in-a-treacherous-time-by-jacqui-murray/

Jacquie Biggar has a new release due out on December 3rd and it is on a special pre-order price until that date.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/12/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-for-christmas-special-preorder-price-mistletoe-inn-by-jacquie-biggar/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-for-christmas-sci-fi-ya-tarkentower-by-daniel-scott-white/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-for-christmas-thriller-desperation-rules-the-day-by-colin-guest/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-for-christmas-tallis-steelyard-six-men-in-a-boat-by-jim-webster/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-for-christmas-the-worst-noel-a-juniper-junction-mystery-by-amy-reade/

Children’s books

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/12/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-buy-a-book-for-christmas-children-victoria-zigler-jann-weeratunga-janice-spina-bette-a-stevens-and-gigi-sedlmayer/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-buy-a-book-for-christmas-children-andrea-balsara-robbie-and-michael-cheadle-annabelle-franklin-and-jemima-pett/

Children’s/Teens/YA

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-buy-a-book-for-christmas-children-teens-ya-paul-andruss-m-j-mallon-hl-carpenter-darlene-foster-deanie-humphrys-dunne/

Something for everyone

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-buy-a-book-for-christmas-rachele-baker-dvm-judith-barrow-c-s-boyack-and-pamela-s-wight/

The Blogger Daily – on hiatus until after Christmas from this week…. there will however be a special reblog three days a week of fantastic posts.

Leslie Tate, Rachel Poli and Carol Taylor

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/12/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-meet-the-reviewers-monday-november-12th-2018-leslie-tate-with-lillian-howan-rachel-poli-with-annette-rochelle-aben-and-carol-taylor-with-orangutans/

Paul Andruss, Donata Zawadzka, Carol Taylor and The Story Reading Ape.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/15/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-15th-november-2018-paul-andruss-with-donata-zawadzka-illustrations-carol-taylor-waste-and-the-story-reading-ape-with-guest-emily-klein/

A – Z of Common Conditions – Asthma – causes and management.

Swollen Bronchii

It is time that turkey becomes king for Thanksgiving and Christmas… I tell you about the benefits of this healthy lean protein and Carol Taylor whips it into shape for delicious meals.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/14/christmas-smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-turkey-if-you-can-catch-it-you-can-eat-it/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/15/smorgasbord-health-column-a-z-of-common-conditions-asthma-causes-and-management/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-guest-comedian-d-g-kaye-and-jokes-from-the-archives/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/15/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-heavens-above-time-to-look-on-the-bright-side-of-life/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will join me again next week… thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King #Jazz Musicians #Trumpet – Chet Baker


Welcome to the next in the series on Jazz musicians and this week, William Price King shares the best of Chet Baker…I will hand you over to William to share some of the background and music of this legend.

This week I am featuring Chet Baker because he was one of the best trumpet players of all time and such a great musician. He sang, as well, but he’s in a league all by himself because of the extraordinary way he played and the interaction between his trumpet and his voice.

Chesney Henry “Chet” Baker Jr. (December 23, 1929 – May 13, 1988) was an American jazz trumpeter and vocalist. Baker earned much attention and critical praise through the 1950s, particularly for albums featuring his vocals (Chet Baker Sings, It Could Happen to You). Jazz historian Dave Gelly described the promise of Baker’s early career as “James Dean, Sinatra, and Bix, rolled into one.” His well-publicized drug habit also drove his notoriety and fame. Baker was in and out of jail frequently before enjoying a career resurgence in the late 1970s and ’80s

Chet was born into a musical family in Oklahoma with his father Chesney working as a professional guitars and his mother Vera Moser was a pianist. Unfortunately in the depression, his father had to abandon his musical career to find a more regular job to support the family.

Like many of the musical artists of his generation. Chet began his musical career singing in the church choir.. His father first encouraged him to play the trombone, but it was a bit on the big side and so it was replaced with the trumpet. He played by ear, using the radio to pick up tunes and after being given a trumpet his musicality improved rapidly.

He received some musical theory at his junior high school, but he left at 16 in 1946 to join the United States Army. Having been posted to Berlin he joined the 298th Army Ban for the next two years. In 1948 he left the army and studied music theory and harmony at El Camino College in Los Angeles but dropped out to re-inlist in the Army. He was a member of the Sixth Army Band at the Presidio in San Francisco which gave him access to jazz clubs in the City. In 1952, Baker joined the Gerry Mulligan Quartet.

My Funny Valentine”, written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart for the 1937 musical “Babes in Arms” and introduced by former child star Mitzi Green has been recorded on more than 1300 albums and performed by more than 600 artists. In 2015 the Gerry Mulligan Quartet featuring Chet Baker’s version of this piece (which became a jazz standard) was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry for the song’s “ cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation’s audio legacy.” This song became Baker’s calling card and his version is considered by many as being the definitive one. The melancholia he brings to the piece gives a hint of the anguish that pervaded his life and artistry, much like that of Nina Simone, who, like Baker, was a musician first and foremost.

Within a year of joining the Quartet, Mulligan was arrested and imprisoned on drug charges. Baker formed a quartet with a rotation that included pianist Russ Freeman, bassists Bob Whitlock, Carson Smith, Joe Mondragon, and Jimmy Bond, and drummers Larry Bunker, Bob Neel, and Shelly Manne. Baker’s quartet released popular albums between 1953 and 1956. Baker won reader’s polls at Metronome and Down Beat magazine, beating trumpeters Miles Davis and Clifford Brown. In 1954, readers named Baker the top jazz vocalist.

“But Not For Me”, written by George and Ira Gershwin for the Broadway musical “Girl Crazy” (1930), was taken from Chet Baker’s debut vocal album “Chet Baker Sings” (1954) which received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2001. Clearly, this cool swing version is played with pizzazz and highlights Baker’s signature jazzy phrasing as well as the relationship between his vocals and his horn. This performance shows how his voice and his trumpet reacted to and played off each other.

Hollywood studios saw an opportunity in Baker’s chiseled features. He made his acting debut in the film Hell’s Horizon, released in the fall of 1955. He declined a studio contract, preferring life on the road as a musician. Over the next few years, Baker led his own combos, including a 1955 quintet with Francy Boland, where Baker combined playing trumpet and singing. In 1956 he completed an eight-month tour of Europe, where he recorded Chet Baker in Europe.

It was following this tour in 1957 that Baker confessed to taking heroin although fellow musicians have stated it was earlier in the 1950s. In late 1959 he returned to Europe, recording in Italy what would become known as the Milano Sessions with arranger and conductor Ezio Leoni (aka Len Mercer) and his orchestra. Baker was arrested for drug possession and jailed in Pisa, forcing Leoni to communicate through the prison warden to coordinate arrangements with Baker as they prepared for recording.

“Chetty’s Lullaby”, composed by Chet Baker while he was in prison in Italy, was recorded in Italian and released as a single in 1962 by RCA Records. This song is considered as one of his best compositions. Baker re-emerges in this piece as more heartfelt and refined, with a newfound confidence and ease in the sound of his horn. His voice is warmer and his detached monotone becomes a rich croon.

 

“So What” was composed by Miles Davis and is one of the most famous compositions in jazz, instantly recognizable from its introductory bass line which comes across beautifully in Baker’s version of this piece with Luigi Trussardi playing bass. This piece is also one of the best known examples of modal jazz*. Baker performs this piece with Jacques Pelzer on sax, Rene Urtreger on piano, Franco Manzecchi on drums and, of course, Luigi Trussardi on double bass and was recorded in Belgium in 1964.

*modal jazz is jazz that uses musical modes rather than chord progressions as a harmonic framework.

Chet Baker continued to play the clubs in California but in 1966, whilst allegedly buying drugs, he was badly beaten and as a result had several broken knocked out. This destroyed his ability to use his lips, facial muscles, tongue and teeth used to play a wind instrument (embouchure. In the film of his life Let’s Get Lost, Baker claimed that the fight was an attempted robbery by an acquaintance and a group, but whatever the truth, he was unable to play and worked as a gas station attendant until he mastered playing the trumpet again with dentures.

This marked a resurgence in his jazz career and he moved to New York City and began performing and recording again. Following this he moved to Europe where he remained for the rest of his life, performing and recording.  He also toured with saxophonist Stan Getz.

“Almost Blue,” from “Let’s Get Lost” (a 1988 Oscar nominated film about the turbulent life and career of Chet Baker), was written by Elvis Costello who got his inspiration for this piece from the 1931 jazz standard “The Thrill Is Gone.” This poignant interpretation is bluesy, moody, and thematically apt with regards to Baker’s unstable life. It was recorded live in Tokyo a year before his death and sets a mood that takes hold from the horn passages right on through to Baker’s outstanding vocal.

Buy music by Chet Baker: https://www.amazon.com/Chet-Baker/e/B000APWRFQ

©William Price King 2018

Other sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chet_Baker

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION https://williampriceking.tumblr.com

Connect with William

Websitehttp://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venuehttp://cave-wilson.com/ 
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find all of the Music Column series in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

Thank you for dropping in and hope you will tune in again in two weeks for another post in the series Jazz instrumentalists.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – Halloween Party, Harp in Jazz, Garlic and Book Gifts for a Daughter (everyone)


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts you might have missed.

It is unlikely that you missed the fact that it was Halloween….and certainly it was pretty horrific around here on Thursday with plenty of spooky goings-on.. Thanks to those who dressed up and participated and to everyone who dropped in and played along.

My husband cut off my head (from a photograph and created a costume for me..Like all supermodels there was a fair bit of air-brushing (well quite a bit actually) and I am afraid I am back to my original body shape again. It was fun whilst it lasted.

Here they are along with the fabulous guests in their fancy dress magnificence…

There is still some left overs, music to dance too and enough Bloody Mary frozen to keep us going until next Halloween….

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/31/smorgasbord-halloween-fancy-dress-party-with-fabulous-guests-ghosts-demons-and-stand-ins/

My thanks as always to the contributors to the blog who share their expertise, experience and effort to create amazing posts.

This week William Price King shares the life and career of Dorothy Ashby who was one of the few harpists to play jazz. Normally associated with classical music, this was not the only barrier that this talented musician broke through.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/the-music-column-with-william-price-king-jazz-instrumentalists-dorothy-ashby-harpist/

I am sharing some of the Cook from Scratch posts that Carol Taylor and I collaborated on last year. And since it was Halloween... it seemed appropriate to give you plenty of reasons to liberally consume onions and garlic…to keep the vampires and the doctor away

garlichttps://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/31/smorgasbord-health-column-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-onions-and-garlics-keep-the-vampires-and-the-doctor-away/

At this time of year, as we start to think about gifts for Christmas, we turn to books. But picking the right book for the person you are buying for is an art. Jessica Norrie shares the books that she has gifted her daughter….

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/03/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-literary-column-books-gifts-to-my-daughter-with-love-by-jessica-norrie/

Joy Lennick shares the fun and games of entertaining a small house guest…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/02/smorgasbord-guest-writer-the-house-guest-by-joy-lennick-siamese/

Personal posts

Musicians have voiced their protest for governments, wars, inequality for centuries, sometimes camouflaged with pretty words and secret codes that were only recognised by those within an inner circle.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/01/smorgasbord-music-column-protest-songs-from-the-last-150-years-and-still-coming/

Meet Queenie who finds new purpose in her life following the death of her husband.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/03/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-queenie-coming-to-life-againby-sally-cronin/

Meet Rosemary – The First Date

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-rosemary-the-first-date-by-sally-cronin/

Colleen Chesebro #Poetry Challenge -#Tanka

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/01/smorgasbord-poetry-tanka-for-colleens-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-108-afraid-grave-synonymsonly-2/

Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-legacy-legacy-project-renova-book-four-by-terry-tyler/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-call-of-the-druids-the-priestess-chronicles-volume-1-by-fiona-tarr/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-poetry-open-a-new-door-by-kim-blades-and-robbie-cheadle/

Cafe and Bookstore – Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-mary-smith-diana-j-febry-and-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-chuck-jackson-annette-rochelle-aben-and-d-wallace-peach/

The first of two posts on Arthritis. This week Rheumatoid arthritis that takes its toll on organs of the body.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/smorgasbord-health-column-a-z-of-common-conditions-arthritis-rheumatoid/

Jacqui Murray, One Spoiled Cat, Callum McLauhglin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-october-29th-2018-jacqui-murray-horror-one-spoiled-cat-pumpkin-bread-and-callum-mclaughlin-halloween-reading/

Alison Williams, Beetley Pete, D.G. Kaye..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-october-30th-2018-alison-williams-witches-beetley-pete-author-interview-and-d-g-kaye-rant/

C.S. Boyack, Lisa Burton, Robbie Cheadle, Annette Rochelle Aben, Sue Vincent with Dorinda Duclos

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/01/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-november-1st-2018-lisa-burton-with-robbie-cheadle-annette-rochelle-aben-spells-and-sue-vincent-with-dorinda-duclos/

Halloween Special with contributions from D.G. Kaye.. Debby Gies

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-halloween-special/

Guest comedian D.G. Kaye shares some funnies she has discovered recently.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/01/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-guest-comedian-d-g-kaye-debby-gies/

I hope you have enjoyed the recap and will join me again next week. I will be starting the Christmas promotional posts soon and news of a few more opportunities to party….Thanks for all your support.. Sally.

The Music Column with William Price King – Jazz Instrumentalists – Dorothy Ashby – Harpist


This week William Price King shares the life and career of Dorothy Ashby who was one of the few harpists to play jazz. Normally associated with classical music, this was not the only barrier that this talented musician broke through.

Dorothy Jeanne Thompson (August 6, 1932 – April 13, 1986), better known as Dorothy Ashby, was an American jazz harpist and composer. Hailed as one of the most “unjustly under loved jazz greats of the 1950’s” and the “most accomplished modern jazz harpist,” Ashby established the harp as an improvising jazz instrument, beyond earlier use as a novelty or background orchestral instrument, proving the harp could play bebop as adeptly as the instruments commonly associated with jazz, such as the saxophone or piano.

The Jazz Harpist is Dorothy Ashby’s debut album and was recorded in 1956 for Regent, a subsidiary of major jazz imprint Savoy, and released the following year. She was accompanied by a groovy group of session men made up of flautist Frank Wess, drummer Ed Thigpen, and alternating bassists Eddie Jones and Wendell Marshall. This recording, which features her writing skills, put her on the map. Here is Thou Swell from the album.

Dorothy Ashby had to overcome many obstacles during the pursuit of her career. As a black woman musician in a male dominated industry, she was at a disadvantage. In a 1983 interview with W. Royal Stokes for his book Living the Jazz Life, she remarked of her career, “It’s been maybe a triple burden in that not a lot of women are becoming known as jazz players. There is also the connection with black women. The audiences I was trying to reach were not interested in the harp, period—classical or otherwise—and they were certainly not interested in seeing a black woman playing the harp.” Ashby successfully navigated these disadvantages, and subsequently aided in the expansion of who was listening to harp music and what the harp was deemed capable of producing as an instrument.

Ashby’s albums were of the jazz genre, but often moved into R&B, world music, and other styles, especially her 1970 album The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby, where she demonstrates her talents on another instrument, the Japanese koto, successfully integrating it into jazz.

‘Myself When Young’, from the album, was composed by Dorothy Ashby in an Eastern mode* for harp and koto* and arranged by Richard Evans. The original songs from this album were inspired by the words of Omar Khayyam. On this album and in this piece Ashby plays the koto and demonstrates her ability to successfully integrate another instrument into jazz.

  • Eastern mode – In music, the Eastern or Phrygian mode is derived from the Phrygian dominant scale which is the fifth mode of the harmonic minor scale, the fifth being the dominant. It is also called the altered Phrygian scale in jazz.
  • The koto is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument derived from the Chinese zheng and is the national instrument of Japan. Koto are about 180 centimetres length, and made from kiri wood.

Some of the highlights of Dorothy Ashby’s life and career.

Dorothy was born into a musical family and her father Wiley Thompson was a jazz guitarist who brought fellow musicians into their home. Dorothy would play along with them on the piano and she also played a number of other instruments including the saxaphone and string bass before discovering the harp.

She studied music at Wayne State University in Detroit, and after graduating began playing piano in jazz clubs in the city. By 1952 she was focusing on the harp and at first met resistance from her fellow musicians who associated the instrument with classical music. But Dorothy persisted and to drive home her passion she arranged for her trio to play free at shows and for dances. She went on to record with some of the top musicians at the time including Jimmy Cobb, Ed Thigpen and Richard Davis.

‘The Moving Finger’ ( from The Rubaiyat ) opens with what seems like a Buddhist chant, and quickly kicks into harp, koto, guitars, drums, and bass bump. The guitar and alto solos, along with the kalimba* rhythms, cut right into the flesh of the blues and transforms it into a soulful groove.

  • The Kalimba, or African thumb piano, is a modern member of a family of ancient African instruments called lamellaphones with a single row of keys. In Africa, each cultural group has their own type of kalimba,

Music was central to Dorothy’s life especially as her trio included her husband, John Ashby, on drums. They were on the road touring a great deal and also recorded albums for a number of labels. She played with Louis Armstrong and Woody Herman, among others. In the 1960s Dorothy Ashby, together with her husband, formed a theatrical group to produce plays that would be relevant to the African-American community of Detroit, offering theatrical training and acting opportunities for young black actors..

In the late 1960s, the Ashbys gave up touring and settled in California, where Dorothy broke into the studio recording system as a harpist through the help of the soul singer Bill Withers, who recommended her to Stevie Wonder. As a result, she was called upon for a number of studio sessions playing for more pop-oriented acts.

Afro Harping, written by Dorothy Ashby and Phil Upchurch and arranged by producer Richard Evans was recorded in 1968 and released on the Cadet label. This sublime blend of African percussion and soulful orchestrations highlights how Ashby turned the harp into a lead instrument with solos as tough and memorable as those played by any reed, brass or percussion player.

Dorothy Ashby died from cancer on April 13, 1986, in Santa Monica, California. Her recordings have proven influential in various genres. The High Llamas recorded a song entitled “Dorothy Ashby” on their 2007 album Can Cladders.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Ashby

Buy music by Dorothy Ashby: https://www.amazon.com/Dorothy-Ashby/e/B000APYYIY

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION https://williampriceking.tumblr.com

Connect with William

Websitehttp://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venuehttp://cave-wilson.com/ 
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find all of the Music Column series in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

Thank you for dropping in and hope you will tune in again in two weeks for another post in the series Jazz instrumentalists.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – Book Launch, Fats Waller, Royalty and #Halloween recipes plus the usual #stars


It has been a busy week but highly enjoyable as I began the process of sharing my new book Tales from the Irish Garden. Not just online but getting prepared to send out to local media and radio stations here. It is 17 years since I published my first book here in Ireland and it would be lovely to make a bit of  a splash. We shall see how it goes.

In the meantime I am very grateful to some very generous friends who have hosted me in the last week with post on various subjects and also with their interviews and reviews.

D.G. Kaye posted her review of Tales from the Irish Garden with some questions to put me on the spot!

You can read Debby ‘s review and interview here: https://dgkayewriter.com/booklaunch-review-tales-irish-garden-sally-cronin-sunday-special-feature

And Colleen Chesebro posted her review of the book on Wednesday adding some of her fairy dust to the proceedings.

You can read the review here: https://colleenchesebro.com/2018/10/17/colleens-2018-book-reviews-tales-from-the-irish-garden-by-author-sally-cronin/

Author Jacquie Biggar kindly let me explore the subject of romance and some of the key elements that I feel stand the test of time.

You can read the post here: https://jacqbiggar.com/2018/10/19/keeping-the-magic-of-romance-alive-sally-cronin-sgc58-inspiration-writershelpingwriters

Lovely to have William Price King back again now that he has a little more free time as we have missed him. He will be back every two weeks with iconic jazz musicians and this week he shared the life and music of the legendary Fats Waller.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/16/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-jazz-musicians-fats-waller/

For those of us who have become fans of The Crown series on the British royal family, another reminder of how vulnerable members of any royal family can be, even before the age of the paparazzi. For some their reign came to a tragic end. Paul Andruss on Cabbages and Kings.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/19/smorgasbord-writer-in-residence-rewind-of-cabbages-and-kings-by-paul-andruss/

Carol Taylor shares some recipes for those trick or treaters who might get cold and hungry when out knocking on doors… Halloween warmers…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-halloween-party-food/

Guest writer author and poet Balroop Singh, with what I think is a very relevant poem. We should all rise up and listen to the call….

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/16/smorgasbord-poetry-guest-writer-the-land-of-the-dead-by-balroop-singh/

The Music Column – We head to New Zealand but encounter plane drama, but go gold panning and jet boating and dinner in the treetops.. request this week from Adele Marie Park and music from Kylie Minogue

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/18/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-plane-drama-new-zealand-kylie-and-request-from-adele-marie-park/

It is that time of the week again, when Colleen Chesebro challenges us to get our syllables and synonyms lined up… and I am going out on a limb today with my first Etheree….You can participate Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 106

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/18/smorgasbord-poetry-colleens-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-106-ghost-hollow-synonymsonly/

The first story is about Martha.. who is a personal assistant who goes above and beyond for her boss.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/20/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-volume-ii-martha-the-system-administrator/

The second story is about Norman... a former soldier who has been moved from his home into a block of flats where life in in a downward spiral.. can he bring the community together.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/21/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-volume-ii-norman-an-old-soldier

I am sure that you  have seen a number of reports on the shutting down of Google+ social network following its cover up of a breach in March this year, resulting in the exposure of the personal data of up to 500,000 internet users. They say that no sensitive data such as bank details or other private information was at risk, but any exposure of private information such as name, address, date of birth, past employment history, photographs or current activities, lends itself to identity theft and fraud.

However, this process according to the tech reports is going to take ten months, and from my perspective the rot has already set in.

In this post I show you how to minimise your exposure in your settings and the ones here on WordPress.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/something-to-think-about-google-shutting-down-and-your-blog-connection/

Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-frolicksome-women-and-troublesome-wives-wife-selling-in-england-by-barb-drummond/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-cheerio-and-thanks-for-the-apocalypse-by-ian-hutson/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-the-emissary-2-to-love-somebody-by-marcia-meara/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/21/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-atonement-in-bloom-by-teagan-riordain-geneviene/

Cafe and Bookstore Update #Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-paulette-mahurin-annika-perry-and-jan-sikes/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-judith-barrow-jane-risdon-and-christina-jones-teri-polen/

Blogger Daily

The Book Designer, Leslie Tate and Robbie and Michael Cheadle.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-october-15th-2018-the-book-designer-amazon-reviews-leslie-tate-with-kendra-olsen-editing-and-robbie-and-michael-cheadle-with-james-j-cudney/

Anne R. Allen, Shelley Wilson and Sharon Ledworth.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/16/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-october-16th-2018-anne-r-allen-with-rachel-thompson-twitter-shelley-wilson-review-sharon-ledworth-with-hl-carpenter/

Mae Clair, Jill Dennison and Teri Polen

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/smorgasbord-daily-blogger-october-17th-2018-mae-clair-with-robbie-cheadle-jill-dennison-teri-polen-with-collen-chesebro/

Stevie Turner, Seumas Gallacher and Katzenworld.

hhttps://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/18/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-meet-the-reviewers-stevie-turner-with-robbie-cheadle-seumas-gallacher-and-katzenworld-petsafety/

Pamela Wight, Geoffrey West and Traci Kenworth

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/19/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-october-19th-2018-pamela-wight-ballet-geoffrey-west-short-story-and-traci-kenworth-reviews-stephen-king/

It is time to update the bed bug post from last year, as this longer and dryer summer has resulted in a rise in reported infestations in the US and in the UK.

Here is a look at some of the statistics on Pestworld.org for the US compiled from the  2018 Bugs Without Borders survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/smorgasbord-health-column-time-to-revisit-the-bedbug-infestations-unwanted-bedmates/

Humour and Afternoon Videos

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/16/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-english-like-what-it-is-spoke/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/18/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-lost-in-translation-sometimes-advertisers-bloop/

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – #Jazz #Musicians – Fats Waller


Delighted to welcome back William Price King who has had a very busy few months. William will be moving to every two weeks and so pleased that we can get back to enjoying his expertise and interesting posts.

This week William shares the life and music of the legendary Fats Waller with some of his music that showcases his extraordinary talent.

Image courtesy of Biography.com

Thomas Fats Waller, the youngest of 11 children, was born to Adeline Locket Waller, a musician, and the Reverend Edward Martin Waller May 21, 1904 in Harlem, New York. Waller came from a very musical family—his grandfather was an accomplished violinist and his mother was the organist of his family’s church. His first exposure to music was in the form of church hymns and organ music, an instrument he was taught to play by his mother and the church musical director. When he was six years old his mother hired a piano tutor and he learned how to read and write music. She paid for these lessons by working in a grocery store. Four years later he was playing the organ at this father’s church. His father hoped that he would follow a religious calling rather than a career in jazz, but his love of jazz proved too great. Waller attended high school for one semester, but left school at 15 to work as an organist at the Lincoln Theater in Harlem, where he earned $32 a week. Within 12 months he had composed his first rag.*

* rag or ragtime is a musical style that enjoyed its peak popularity between 1895 and 1918. Its cardinal trait is its syncopated or “ragged” rhythm.

In 1920 his mother passed away and Waller moved in with the family of his piano tutor, Russell Brooks. While living with Brooks, Waller met James P. Johnson and Willie Smith, two of the greatest stride pianists of the era. Both men saw Waller’s potential as a born showman. Johnson decided to take Waller under his wing and taught him the stride* style of piano playing, greatly advancing his level of musical education.

* stride is a jazz piano style that was developed in the large cities of the East Coast of the United States, mainly New York City, during the 1920s and 1930s.

Waller’s first recordings, “Muscle Shoals Blues” and “Birmingham Blues“, were made in October 1922 for Okey Records. That year, he also made his first player piano roll.*

*A piano roll is a music storage medium – a continuous roll of paper with perforations (holes) punched into it. The perforations represent note control data. The roll moves over a reading system known as a ‘tracker bar’ and the playing cycle for each musical note is triggered when a perforation crosses the bar and is read.

Waller’s other accomplishments include vaudeville appearances with the famous blues singer Bessie Smith, soon after which he wrote the music to the show Keep Shufflin’ . Waller’s first published composition, “Squeeze Me,” was published in 1924.

Squeeze me” is a 1925 jazz standard based on an old blues song called “The Boy in the Boat “.  The lyrics were credited to publisher Clarence Williams, although Andy Razaf has claimed to have actually written the lyrics. The song has been recorded by numerous artists, including Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Bessie Smith, and Dinah Washington.

Between 1926 and the end of 1927, Waller recorded a series of pipe organ solo records. These represent the first time syncopated jazz compositions were performed on a full-sized church organ

In 1927, Waller met the poet and lyricist Andy Razaf and the two collaborated on several musicals, the most of popular of which,  Connie’s Hot Chocolates  would bring them great critical and commercial success.

“Honeysuckle Rose” is a 1929 song composed by Fats Waller with lyrics by Andy Razaf. It was introduced in the 1929 Off-Broadway revue  Load of Coal  at Connie’s Inn as a soft-shoe dance number. Waller’s 1934 recording was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

“(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue” is a 1929 jazz standard composed by Fats Waller with lyrics by Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf, from the Broadway musical Broadway musical comedy play Connie’s Hot Chocolates.). Blues singer Ethel Waters’ 1930 version of the song became a hit, and the song has been recorded by many artists since then. The song is also featured in the prologue of Ralph Ellison’s novel  Invisible Man (1952) as its protagonist, while hiding underground, listens to the song being played very loudly and descends into a dream regarding “the blackness of Blackness,” all after smoking a marijuana cigarette.

Ain’t Misbehavin’” is a 1929 stride jazz/early swing song. Andy Razaf wrote the lyrics to a score by Thomas “Fats” Waller and Harry Brooks for Connie’s Hot Chocolates. It has a thirty-two measure form (AABA) at a slow-to-moderate tempo. Waller said the song was written while “lodging” in prison (for an alimony violation), and that is why he was not misbehaving. It also became a huge hit for Louis Armstrong.

Waller became one of the most popular performers of his era, finding critical and commercial success in the United States and Europe.  Fellow pianist and composer Oscar Levant dubbed Waller “the black Horowitz” Waller is believed to have composed many novelty tunes in the 1920s and 1930s and sold them for small sums, attributed to another composer and lyricist.

On one occasion his playing seemed to have put him at risk of injury. Waller was kidnapped in Chicago leaving a performance in 1926. Four men bundled him into a car and took him to the Hawthorne Inn, owned by Al Capone. Waller was ordered inside the building, and found a party in full swing. Gun to his back, he was pushed towards a piano, and told to play. A terrified Waller realized he was the “surprise guest” at Capone’s birthday party, and took comfort that the gangsters did not intend to kill him!

In 1926, Waller began his recording association with the Victor Talking Machine Company/RCA Victor, his principal record company for the rest of his life, with the organ solos  “St. Louis Blues”  and his own composition, “Lenox Avenue Blues”. Although he recorded with various groups, including Morris’s Hot Babes (1927), Fats Waller’s Buddies (1929) (one of the earliest multiracial groups to record), and McKinney’s Cotton Pickers (1929), his most important contribution to the Harlem stride piano tradition was a series of solo recordings of his own compositions: “Handful of Keys”, “Smashing Thirds”,  “Numb Fumblin’, and “Valentine Stomp” (1929).

After sessions with Ted Lewis (1931), Jack Teagarden (1931) and Billy Banks (1932), he began in May 1934 the voluminous series of recordings with a small band known as Fats Waller and his Rhythm. This six-piece group usually included Herman Autrey (sometimes replaced by Bill Coleman or John Bugs’  Hamilton), Gene Sedric or Rudy Powell, and Al Casey.

When Waller composed “Jitterbug Waltz” he was 38 years old and at the high point of his career as a veteran recording artist for RCA Victor. It is notable for being one of the first jazz records recorded with a Hammond organ, an instrument that gained popularity in the genre soon after.

He enjoyed success touring the United Kingdom and Ireland in the 1930s, appearing on one of the first BBC television broadcasts on September 30, 1938. While in Britain, Waller also recorded a number of songs for EMI on their Compton Theatre organ located in their Abbey Road Studios in St. John’s Wood.

By the early 1940s Waller was earning a comfortable living as an entertainer. He wrote the first non-black musical for Broadway by an African American, ‘Early to Bed‘ and took a role in the film ‘Stormy Weather’ starring Lena Horne in 1943, which was released just months before his death. He also appeared regularly on radio.

Waller performed Bach organ pieces for small groups on occasion. He also influenced many pre-bebop jazz pianists; Count Basie and Erroll Garner have both reanimated his hit songs. His technique and attention to decorative detail influenced countless jazz pianists including Art Tatum, Count Basie, and Thelonious Monk. In addition to his playing, Waller was known for his many quips during his performances.

While traveling cross-country following performances on the West Coast, Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller died of pneumonia in Kansas City, Missouri’s Union Station train depot on December 15, 1943 at the age of 39.

The musical ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ opened on Broadway in 1978 as a tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and 1930s who were part of the Harlem Renaissance, an era of growing creativity, cultural awareness, and ethnic pride. The title comes from the 1929 Waller song “Ain’t Misbehavin’. “  It was a time when Manhattan nightclubs like the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom were the playgrounds of high society and Lenox Avenue dives were filled with piano players banging out the new beat known as swing. Five performers presented an evening of rowdy, raunchy, and humorous songs that encapsulate the various moods of the era and reflect Waller’s view of life as a journey meant for pleasure and play. The West End production opened on March 22, 1979, at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

“Your Feet’s Too Big” is a song composed in 1936 by Fred Fisher with lyrics by Ada Benson. The song became associated with Waller who ad-libbed his own lyrics such as “Your pedal extremities are colossal, to me you look just like a fossil” and his catchphrase, “One never knows, do one?” It was performed in the 1978 Broadway musical, Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Sources and more information

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fats_Waller
http://jazz.wikia.com/wiki/Fats_Waller
https://www.biography.com/people/fats-waller-9522591

Buy Fats Waller albums: https://www.amazon.com/Fats-Waller/e/B000AQ09K0

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION https://williampriceking.tumblr.com

Connect with William

Websitehttp://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venuehttp://cave-wilson.com/ 
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find all of the Music Column series in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

Thank you for dropping in and hope you will tune in again in two weeks for another post in the series Jazz instrumentalists.

There will be another Music Column post on Thursday.. it is 1988 and we settle into life in London… music and requests

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – Music, Language, Honey, Books and Humour


We got back from the UK on Thursday night and it was a terrific two weeks away. The weather was wonderful until the last couple of days, but we had been keeping an eye on the four storm fronts coming up from the south. These days forecasts are very accurate and we saw that Tuesday when we were due to catch our ferry was going to have waves over 20ft high.. We had a flexible ticket so moved our booking to Thursday which looked like the calmest day of the week. As it happened we crossed in the only four hour window of calm which has to be the luck of the Irish.

It was great to be in the company of a dog again, and Miss Ellie is well used to us as a family. The break and spending a lot off time unplugged did us both good and we are now back with batteries fully charged and ready to go.

I tried to keep up with comments once a day, but apologies if I missed yours. I am very grateful for all the generous post sharing that went on in my absence and also your messages.

We had to stay in a hotel due to the change and if you are heading to South Wales we can recommend The Cliff Hotel… fantastic views and great walks. The Cliff Hotel Gwbert Wales

 

Here are the posts from this week…

In the last of the current series by William Price King, who will be moving to a different schedule, he interviews American composer Mark Bradley about his life, work and the future.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/the-music-column-with-william-price-king-interviewing-mark-bradley-composer-classicalmusic/

Writer in Residence Rewind – Proto-Indo Europeans and the origins of language – Paul Andruss.

In this post, Paul explores some of the assumptions made about the development of our individual languages from a common root many thousands of years ago. He also addresses the question of whether languages were spread by conquerors sweeping across continents or farmers gently moving across fertile plains and establishing communities that fed and watered the nomadic tribes who came after them. I am sure that Paul would love to hear your views and answer your questions.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/writer-in-residence-rewind-proto-indo-europeans-by-paul-andruss/

Carol Taylor has been taking a break whilst I was away but will be back this week with a new post. In the meantime….. I have started to reshare our joint series last year with the health benefits of what I consider to be essential foods, and Carol turns them into delicious meals. This week – Honey – Nectar of the Gods.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/smorgasbord-health-column-rewind-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-honey-nectar-of-the-gods/

New series of Posts from your Archives from the amusing and talented Linda Bethea

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-mixed-nuts-part-1-by-linda-bethea/

The Sunday Interview – Getting to Know You – Poet and author Dorinda Duclos

If you had intended to participate in this series then can you get your answers to your questions to me soon as I will be starting to get a new series ready for Christmas…..

Here is the link to find out more about Getting to Know You : https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/the-new-series-of-the-smorgasbord-sunday-interview-geting-to-know-you-and-i-will-go-first/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/23/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-sunday-interview-getting-to-know-you-with-dorinda-duclos/

Short Stories – What’s in a Name.

Two stories about people with a name beginning with ‘H’. Both of which share the darker side of life.

Hannah – Finding a Way to Move On.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/22/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-hannah-finding-a-way-to-move-on-by-sally-cronin/

Hector – The Homecoming

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/23/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-hector-the-homecoming-by-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-fantasy-adventure-lost-war-of-nytefall-book-2-by-charles-e-yallowitz/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-while-the-bombs-fell-by-robbie-cheadle-and-elsie-hancy-eaton/

Cafe and Bookstore Update and reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-reviews-bette-a-stevens-fiona-tarr-and-barb-taub/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-victoria-zigler-d-wallace-peach-and-terry-tyler/

Smorgasbord Health Column

An update on the erosion caused to our teeth by drinking mineral water that is too acidic.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/smorgasbord-health-column-acidity-in-mineral-water-and-tooth-enamel-erosion-update-by-sally-cronin/

An update on the research into the effect of curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric, on cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and inflammation.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/smorgasbord-health-column-food-in-the-news-turmeric-curcumin-cancer-alzheimers-inflammation-update/

Laughter Lines and Afternoon Video

We all love Lawyers… right?

judge

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-rewind-lawyer-jokes/

A shaggy pirate tale or two and a word from their parrots.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/09/20/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-a-shaggy-pirate-story-or-two-and-their-parrots/

Thank you once again for all you support and hope you will drop in next week for more of the same.