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30 January 2010


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Also caught some of this after a friend had been in raptures about the earlier programme. Must say, Ken is a natural on the wireless...

I'm not really a lover of jazz, but I did enjoy this one. Partly because this is the kind of laid back, unobtrusive jazz I do quite like, but also because I love the song. Thanks for that!

Funny how personalities that we don't like can be quite acceptable in other settings, isn't it? I remember thinking the same while listening to Desert Island Discs one day. I can't for life of me remember who it was just now (see my latest post) but it was being hosted by someone I really disliked and he was great! I'm sure it was a politician, but the name is gone.

Yes, I think Chet is the sort of musician who converts people to jazz. And thanks to a very kind friend, I've spent the last hour or so listening to even more Chet! Am now truly hooked.

Re politicians and their other lives, I couldn't stand Michael Portillo as an MP but am rather impressed with his broadcasting skills. Like Ken C, he's a natural but maybe that's because MPs have to be consummate performers!

(Jay - was so sorry to hear about what had happened. Just popping over to leave a comment.)

Like Jay, I've never been much of a fan of jazz (although my dad was) but I could listen to (but maybe not look at) Chet (and a piano) all day. Like you, I was pleasantly surprised when watching Michael Portillo on the telly recently.

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