|Cafe Nights in New York
Thursday, June 21 2012
Elton fan and reader of eltonfan.net, Jack Phillips, has recorded a CD of original jazz compositions.
In the liner notes Jack writes: Before moving to New York in 2006, I passed through frequently while traveling between the west coast and London, and on each and every New York visit without fail I would stop in at The Café Carlyle to see and hear Bobby Short. In fact, it was Bobby who introduced me to his drummer Klaus Suonsaari, my friend since the mid-1990s who appears on this record. In recent times, the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band has occupied the famed Café on Monday nights, and I’ve been a regular fan for more than six years. About a year ago I decided that I wanted to move musically in the direction of writing classic standard songs such as those written by Cole Porter. I wanted to paint a picture of life in sophisticated New York penthouse apartments where everyone drinks martinis, has memories of Paris and simply adores the hot jazz up in Harlem. Bobby Short was the consummate saloon singer and he painted this picture only too well. This is my homage to a time when I was privileged enough to have visited the Café during that happier era from the early-1990s through the mid-2000s.
New York, New York
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