Many Happy Returns

The Hound is please to present some more metaphorical memories from our resident philosopher Wayne Shevlin. Many Happy Returns I may not know much, but I know what I like. And – like most people – I only like what I know. But, how do we discover, and thus get to know the music we like?Continue reading “Many Happy Returns”

Frank Bates jazz legend commemorated

Last Sunday a plaque was unveiled in Southwark  in memory of one of Britain’s earliest black jazz musicians Frank Bates. The Southern Syncopated Orchestra was formed by the American composer Will Marion Cook and comprised 27 musicians and 19 singers.  The musicians came from, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Guyana, Barbados, Antigua and Ghana amongContinue reading “Frank Bates jazz legend commemorated”

Spinning Discs – Postscript

By Wayne Shevlin My previous blog on SOTH—Century of Spinning Plastic Discs—was an abstract musing on the nature of musical records as historical artefacts.  It was originally written a few years ago, back when the great music emporiums—HMV, Virgin and Tower—still presided imperiously over the high street.  Opening salvo of 2013: that abstract musing isContinue reading “Spinning Discs – Postscript”