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Article: London Calling

The People Band: Back and playing again

Read "The People Band: Back and playing again" reviewed by Sammy Stein


46 years after their previous release, the People Band are putting out a new CD. Paul Jolly is producing the project and releasing it through his record label, 33JAZZ records. Jolly is also a member of the band. He says, “The reason for a new album is that our last one, released on the Emanem label, ...

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Article: Album Review

Lou Volpe: Remembering Ol' Blue Eyes

Read "Remembering Ol' Blue Eyes" reviewed by Edward Blanco


The year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra's birth (December 12th 1915) and as expected, there have been many tributes to the Chairman of the Board but perhaps, none as unique as the instrumental homage by guitarist Lou Volpe on the splendid Remembering Ol' Blue Eyes: (Songs of Sinatra). Why? Because Volpe's finger-picking lyrical ...

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Article: Album Review

Lou Volpe: Remembering Ol' Blue Eyes

Read "Remembering Ol' Blue Eyes" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Ol' Blue Eyes, of course, is the late Frank Sinatra, arguably the greatest interpreter of popular American music who ever lived. Guitarist Lou Volpe (who doesn't sing) remembers Sinatra on this entertaining assortment of thirteen tunes associated with the Chairman of the Board (and leader of the Rat Pack) plus a special tribute, “Europa," which closes ...

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Article: Live Review

People Band and Friends at Café Oto

Read "People Band and Friends at Café Oto" reviewed by Sammy Stein


The People Band and Friends Trbute to Mel Davis Cafe Oto London, England 28th October 2014 I knew when my friend turned to ask me, halfway through the event, “This is a bit extreme isn't it?" that I had baptized him with fire. He had never been to a jazz gig ...

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Article: Scumbles

The People Band, London, UK, March, 2013

Read "The People Band, London, UK, March, 2013" reviewed by Sammy Stein


The People BandCafé OtoLondon, UKMarch 6, 2013Café Oto, Dalston, London was the setting for a performance by legendary free form group, The People Band. Formed in the 1960s and led by drummer Terry Day and pianist/multi-instrumentalist Mel Davis, the group has played on and off right through to ...

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Article: Interview

Davey Payne: Ready To Play

Read "Davey Payne: Ready To Play" reviewed by Sammy Stein


Davey Payne is known best for the time when he was saxophonist with British group, The Blockheads. His solo on the 1978 number 1 hit, “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" was the first time a double sax solo had appeared on a hit record. Before he joined forces with Dury, who fronted The ...

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It's About Time!

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2007
Track listing: It's About Time!; MelFred; Pieces; Cordon Bleu; Will It Go Round In Circles; 13th (Death March) Portrait; It Was A Very Good Year; Lovely; I Know That You Are The Only One; Heavyweights; Sometimes I Will Have Time.

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Article: Album Review

Mel Davis: It's About Time!

Read "It's About Time!" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


24 anni fa, Mel Davis non avrebbe saputo se la musica gli avesse dato davvero una “mano”. Fino a quel momento l’adolescenza l’aveva passata tra un night club e un altro accompagnato dal suo Hammond B3. Eseguiva alla lettera gli insegnamenti dei suoi mentori (George Benson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy McGriff) che gli suggerivano i giochi ...

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Article: Album Review

Mel Davis: It's About Time!

Read "It's About Time!" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


It's About Time underscores an inspirational story. Keyboardist/organist Mel Davis was an aspiring young pianist in Paterson, New Jersey hoping to gain fame and fortune on the Hammond B-3 organ. 24 years ago, an industrial accident changed everything when a finger was ripped from his left hand. Davis endured eight years of rehabilitation and seven operations ...


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