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It's the Series Three Box Set Binge...
Series Three of The Billy Jenkins Listening Club webcast is boxed up for your binge listening pleasure. Listen to all six episodes. If you enjoy what you hear, please share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. You can subscribe for future episodes through iTunes - and write a nice review while you're there... Series Four coming soon...
We're travelling back through the years to Bromley at the time when the 1950s were rolling over into the 1960s... It was then that a young Billy Jenkins was taken from his happy world in the back garden to the church hall and cast into the hell that was nursery school... Listen
It must be so great living the life of a travelling musician... heading off to exciting places, staying in top notch hotels, enjoying exotic local food and drink, the harmony of sharing life on the road with fellow virtuoso musicians and the inspiration to be found by working with the local players as well... and getting paid for it. Oh, and all those wonderful encounters with adoring fans... how could anyone ever tire of that? Listen...
One technique that is a constant in Billy's music is the "stick in the wheel". One method might be use a skilled musician playing an unfamiliar instrument, another approach is to have two drummers using stick and drum kits. Beowulf Mayfield asks drummer Mike Pickering how he approached - and whether he enjoyed - playing alongside another drummer... Listen
As a teenager in Bromley Billy Jenkins made himself useful first as a part-time cleaner and later a part-time guitar teacher at Wing Music, a music equipment and instrument shop run by the late Barry Mitchell. In this episode we hear teenage Bill perched on the speaker stacks telling an even younger Beowulf Mayfield about those times and listen to what might have happened if keyboard giants James Taylor and Django Bates had wandered into the shop with bass king Mike Mondesir and drum legend Martin France... Listen.
Billy's 2005 album When The Crowds Have Gone was described by music critic John Bungey, writing for The Times, as the guitarist's "darkest record yet...". Set against a backdrop of change in domestic circumstances and alterations to the UK licensing laws on musical performance, life for the musician - and life as a musician - was passing through turbulent times... Listen.
Being a creative musician can lead to trouble. Disgruntled concert-goers demand their money back, critics frostily dismiss performances and recordings that fail to conform to their expert definitions of "Jazz", others may complain that the music isn't being treated with the gravitas that the "serious" listener is surely entitled to expect. So what has Billy got to say when presented with these accusations? He's not exactly breaking the law but some sort of apology might be in order, wouldn't you think? Listen.
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