22nd November Tony Jacobs & Jim Barry
‘Two Gentlemen & a Piano’ Tony and Jim attempt to get to grips with the music and lyrics of some of the greatest composers and lyricists of Twentieth Century popular music. Their interpretation of the classic songs of George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jonny Mercer, Flanders and Swan and many others will make you want to explore this extraordinarily rich seam of music.
Sponsored by MR and MRS ERIC HAMMOND.
Tony Jacobs was born in Neasden, North London in 1952. Yes, we know he doesn’t look his age – he looks ten years older – and he says he owes it all to his love of real ale.
Whilst at school and his friends were listening to the sounds of people such as The Rolling Stones, The Cream , Eric Clapton and suchlike, he began to form his strong and unshakeable belief that the man who invented the electric guitar should have been drowned at birth.
Tony discovered his father’s collection of 78 rpm records and was captivated by the music of Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw and especially the band that remains his firm favourite – the Bob Crosby Orchestra and the Bobcats. He then heard Louis Armstrong’s ‘Potato Head Blues’ and still regards him, along with Bing Crosby, as the most influential musician/singer in 20th century popular music. website