No tags :(

The Imaginary Land

After the success of the last post with poet Carole Chambers [The Great Rift – Brief Encounters] a larger than normal number of visitors, likely because of local interest, islanders remembering Carole fondly, I have decided to continue with Hornby based postings. This is an attempt to present a radio show on Hornby Radio [CHFR-FM – 96.5/http://www.hornbyradio.com] that is not in the normal style of radio deejaying. The idea was to imagine that we are at a piano lounge, Joe’s Piano Lounge in fact, and that the pianists were there across the room. There turned out to be a number of challenges as one of the previous deejays had altered the settings on the mixing board so that it was not possible to see if I was actually broadcasting. Fortunately a listener phoned in and assured me that my dulcet tones could be heard loud and clear. Eventually I managed to correct the problem. The first 4 minutes & 10 seconds of confusion have been removed.



So here is the first of two editions of Joe’s Piano Lounge originally broadcast on June 26th, 2016. This edition welcomes a variety of pianists to the Lounge and features Duke Ellington in duet with Ray Brown, two different Earl Hines trios, Tete Montoliu and Martial Solal solo and in trios and Ross Bolleter alone.

Click on the button and off we go.


Searching through my files for photographs of Duke Ellington [Right Image] I came across a tatty package of colour negatives. Badly scratched and faded. They were the original negatives that I shot at the recording session for Decca Records released as “The Ron Collier Orchestra With Duke Ellington – North Of The Border – In Canada”. Recorded in Toronto at Hallmark Studios on July 24th and 25th 1967.

The photograph of Earl “Fatha” Hines [Left Image] is taken at the Colonial Tavern on Yonge Street, Toronto sometime in the late 60s/early 70s. I am not sure if this is one of my pictures. It was in my photographic file system, but…

Comments can be sent to classicimprov@yahoo.ca